From the 22nd of May till the 8th of June 2008, alkantara festival returned to the city of Lisbon with a program of fresh and innovative theatre and dance from a rapidly changing world.
Alkantara 2008 presented over 25 performances by artists coming from Portugal, Australia, India, Turkey, New Zealand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, USA, Germany, Russia, Argentina, Czech Republic, Brazil, Lebanon, France, China, Algeria and Columbia, in 15 venues and spaces all over the city. This diversity does not stem from a fascination with the exotic, but goes in search of a dialogue with artists who communicate an alternative view of the world(s) we inhabit. Each person is inevitably shaped and influenced by personal and cultural experiences, but always retains the capacity to reach beyond. Thus diversity becomes an opportunity to multiply points of view and an invitation to venture beyond the reality that surrounds us day by day.
alkantara festival was without a doubt one of the major cultural events of the season in Portugal: between May 22nd and June 8th, the festival presented 26 different shows in 17 venues and spaces throughout Lisbon. More than 15.000 spectators showed up and 50 of the 72 sessions sold out, with an occupancy rate of 86%.
A product of the NKBNBO project, Íman [Magnet] is a piece created by choreographer and performance artist Filipa Francisco with the Wonderfulls Kova M dance group and several guest artists. The Wonderfulls Kova M is a group of young Cova da Moura women who, for over two years now, gather together weekly at Associação Cultural Moinho da Juventude, joined by a common taste for dancing to hip-hop and traditional African rhythms. In 2007, they were enrolled in a programme of regular training in contemporary dance, further developed during holiday months through intensive workshops and an artistic residence; the aim was to give the group a full creative experience, including every step in a professional production. This process would culminate with the resulting pieces being premiered at the Cova da Moura District and later presented at the 2008 alkantara festival and at other venues, over 2008 and 2009.