The Night Watch

Staged reading as part of the colloquium celebrating the centenary of Agustina Bessa-Luís

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After the premiere of Sequências Narrativas Completas (Complete Narrative Sequences) at the D. Maria II National Theatre (2019), João Sousa Cardoso returns with A Ronda da Noite (The Night Watch), based on the work by Agustina Bessa-Luís and performed by Ana Deus, in a new creation at the invitation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

A Ronda da Noite (2006) is about the geography of the deep country, the relationship of Portuguese culture and Northern societies (British and Dutch, in particular) and the trade in which the idea of civilization and the arts is woven. A show that demonstrates Agustina’s singularity as an interpreter of the history of images of European modernity, from that which is her last work published in life.


João Sousa Cardoso has a PhD in Social Sciences from the University Paris Descartes (Sorbonne). He was the recipient of a grant awarded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2006-2009). He staged Sequências Narrativas Completas, at the D. Maria II National Theatre (2019) and Os Pescadores by Raul Brandão (2016) and TEATRO EXPANDIDO!  (2015) at the Porto Municipal Theatre. He has directed several films. He is a professor at the Universidade Lusófona. He regularly writes for the Público newspaper and Contemporânea magazine.

Her musical career began in 1987 with the pop group Ban. In 1993, she founded the Três Tristes Tigres group together with writer Regina Guimarães and musician Alexandre Soares.

She created the show Sono dedicated to the poetry of Ernesto de Melo e Castro, staged in the Auditorium of the Serralves Museum. She has set the poetry of several authors to music, as a solo artist or as part of her projects Osso Vaidoso, Bruta and Ruído Vário. In 2020 she released Mínima Luz, an original album from Três Tristes Tigres.


Concept and creation: João Sousa Cardoso
Performance: Ana Deus
Technical Direction: Miguel Ângelo Carneiro
Production: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/Confederation
Executive Producer: Elisabete Fragoso

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us through the Information Request form.

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