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Performance / Theater / 12+ / Première BE


Cristina Carvalhal & Raquel André


Women's tales

In July 2021 Raquel Andre and Cristina Carvalhal started an investigation into the stories of people from various communities who identify themselves as a woman. By listening to these voices, they want to contribute to a greater  consciousness of the inequalities and abuses patriarchal societies have established in the course of history and have assimilated as norm.

Four cities were involved in the project : Lisbon, Zagreb, Sibiu (Romania) and Kortrijk. In each city Andre and Carvalhal organised a five-days' workshop to work with local communities. Women, different in nationality, occupation, religion, ethnic origin and physicality, took part.

The workshops were based on theatre and dance exercises and individual interviews, in which everybody could feel free to share their story. Some of these stories can be found in the performance and in the documentary that was made during the process. Set the table is performed by the Portuguese professional team and the participants of the workshop in Kortrijk.

Cristina Carvalhal is an actress, a director and an educator. She is the founder and the artistic director of the theatre company Causas Comuns. 

Raquel Andre is an actress, an artist and a performer. She is the deviser of Collection of People, a project that since 2014 has been presented in various places in the world, with performances, exhibitions, conferences, a book, online projects and performances.




Project Directors: Cristina Carvalhal and Raquel André.
Cocreators: Catarina Vieira, Gisela Casimiro, Keli Freitas, Rita M. Pestana, Sara Franqueira.
Performers: Catarina Vieira, Cristina Carvalhal, Gisela Casimiro, Keli Freitas, Raquel André and eight women from Kortrijk (to be defined).
Set and Costumes Designer: Sara Franqueira.
Lighting Designer: Carolina Caramelo.
Sound Designer: Odete.
Film Director: Rita M. Pestana.
Executive Producer: Sofia Bernardo.
Assistant Producer: Leonor Buescu.
Causas Comuns Producer: Bruno Reis.
Partners: ArtemRede - Marvila Library (Portugal), BUDA (Kortrijk, Belgium), Domino (Zagreb, Croatia) and Radu Stanca National Theater (Sibiu, Romania).

SET THE TABLE is carried out in the scope of the european project Be SpectACTive! Co-financed by the European Union - Program Creative Europe and the Government of Portugal - Program Garantir Cultura. Causas Comuns is sponsored by the Government of Portugal - Ministry of Heritage/General Direction of Arts.

  • Multilingual, Dutch and French surtitles
  • Kortrijk - Budascoop
    Kapucijnenstraat 10
    Sun 20 November 2022
    15:00 - 17:00
  • €10 / €8 / €6 (-26)