Documentary theatre company Hotel Europa brings us a diptych about the mining town of São Pedro da Cova: A Mina and Tribunal Mina.
A Mina examines the past of São Pedro da Cova, a town to this day haunted by the coal mines that for two centuries assured the survival of the community, but also their dependence on the extractive industry. Once the mines were closed in 1970, the population met with social and material deprivation, a crisis worsened in 2001 when tons of toxic waste from Siderurgia Nacional were dumped at the mining site, with tragic consequences for the environment.
André Amálio and Tereza Havlíčková approached the locals to revisit their past as a mining community, and to voice their current social and environmental issues. A Mina dives into personal memory to bring up troubling questions that matter to all of us. On stage, locals from São Pedro da Cova will share from their lives with the audience.
André Amálio, Tereza Havlíčková
Creation, dramaturgy, interpretation
Musical creation and Interpretation
Interpretation e co-creation
Carla Pontes Monteiro, Daniel Marques, Daniel Vieira, Daniela Aguiar, Florinda Santos Sousa, Guilhermino Monteiro, Helena Gomes, Inês Salselas, José Gaspar Ferreira, José Sousa, Luna Pacheco, Maria dos Santos Vicente, Maria Gama, Mário Sá, Patrícia Lima, Rodrigo Queirós, Serafim Ramos
Aurora dos Campos
Light design and technical direction
Maria Miguel Coelho e Susana Lage
Set design assistance
Technical support team
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e Fundação La Caixa, através do programa PARTIS & Art for Change; Teatro Nacional São João
Kale / Armazém22
União de Freguesias de Fânzeres e São Pedro da Cova, Museu Mineiro, Centro Social do Soutelo, Escola Profissional de Gondomar, Associação Estrelas de Silveirinhos, Escola Secundária São Pedro da Cova, Associação Vai Avante, Câmara Municipal de Gondomar