After “A Freguesia”, with dramaturgy and staging by Ricardo Neves-Neves (in 2017), a show that ended the program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the parish of Quarteira, Cineteatro directed a new invitation to Teatro Do Eléctrico for the creation of a a show based on a theme from the municipality of Loulé: the Mother Sovereign.
“Soberana” is a show with text by Ana Lázaro, staged by Ricardo Neves-Neves and musical direction by Rita Nunes, about the history and worship of the Mother Soberana de Loulé, which is celebrated annually on Easter Day (Festa Pequena) and two weeks later (Festa Grande).
“As soon as I started researching the Sovereign Mother, I realized that more than a religious, cultural and historical manifestation, this is, like the genetic and intrinsic bond that links the Mother with her son, part of a collective body, of identity of a people.
The affiliation of the Louletanos to their Mother is lost in time and space, is rooted in the blood, in the cycles of the seasons, in the daily struggle, in the joy and pain that they live, under an odd intimate connection of protection and complicity. In a relationship of affection deeply divine, and at the same time, deeply human. It is like a living cult that is itself an organism. It grows, transforms and revitalizes itself in the body of its bearers.
Hence the challenge and the risk of writing about Her. Because when you write about the Sovereign, you write about all the Louletans, about the two lives and their past, about their hopes and memories. And that is an endless task. So, in what I am allowed, I visited episodes of the Mother and her children, I tried to listen to how they are embedded in an extra-human vibration, which goes beyond the body, the voice, and the documentary records. Like a song without an owner, but that everyone knows. And I can only hope that this is a song that resonates with love in the soul of those who, in an inexplicable language, live the Love of the Sovereign Mother daily. ”