Rita Natálio & Joana Levi

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Museum of Enchantment was created in 2014 by Rita Natálio and Joana Levi in Brasil. The project considers the construction of a museum as a performance, where the body offers itself as a guide of improbable encounters between figures from the Portuguese and Brazilian cultures, with the contribution of various people moving between the two. In the supernatural and popular understanding of enchantment in Brazil, the word “encantar-se” (in English: to be enchanted) means to be linked to a process or a relationship, to become bound by a “spell” where realities become entangled. From the memory of this project, Joana Levi, Rita Natálio and Teresa Silva revisit the performance they created eight years ago. This is not done without phantasmagoria, and calls for the redress of misconceptions and archives of the process. The museum and its architecture of power will literally be disinterred and the pipes of (de)colonial enchantment will be unclogged out in the open in the Gulbenkian’s gardens.

Portugal début.

Show with total nudity.


Joana Levi e Rita Natálio Concept
Joana Levi, Rita Natálio e Teresa Silva Performance
Artur Pispalhas Technical direction
PenhaSco Rehearsal spaces

Museu Encantador received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for internationalization in 2015.
Premiere: 27 September 2014 at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Joana Levi (Rio de Janeiro, 1975) is a Brazilian performer, stage director and playwright, based in Lisbon since 2017. She is a graduate of Philosophy from USP (São Paulo) and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy-Aesthetics from FCSH-UNL (Lisbon). In recent years, she has dedicated herself to experimental and collaborative projects that forge a landscape where different languages intersect (from performance to theatre, dance to philosophical thought) and evokes tense relationships linked to the centre-periphery perspective, expressed in urban, (post)colonial and gender-related contexts and conflicts.

Rita Natálio (Lisboa, 1983) is an artist and researcher. She is a non-binary lesbian. Her fields of practice link poetry, writing and performance. A doctoral student in Art Studies (FCSH-UNL) and Anthropology (USP) with an FCT scholarship, her research considers the debate concerning the concept of the Anthropocene and its impact on relationships between art, politics and ecology. Based on her research, she has held a series of performance-conferences, including Antropocenas (2017) with João dos Santos Martins, Geofagia (2018) and Fóssil (2020).


Throughout two long weekends, dance returns to the auditoriums of the Foundation with the performance of two dozen works created over recent years with support from the Gulbenkian and with some making their very first appearance in Portugal. Program selection under the curatorship of João dos Santos Martins.


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and collective preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us at [email protected].


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