International Solo Festival

A Mulherzinha

Cine-Teatro Garrett, Sala de Actos (Exhibition Hall)


"There is a goal, but no path; what we call a path is hesitation."
— Franz Kafka

There are those whom we love, whom we respect, there are those who are indifferent, indistinct, undifferentiated to us, and there are also those whom we hate, whom we fear, whom we despise. Can one person be all those other people that make up the fertile landscape of human relationships? Can a single individuality hold within itself such a diverse catalog of vices and virtues that, by its mere enumeration and enunciation, we doubt we are talking about a single person? The inexhaustible drama of identity, of the multiplicity of the ego, of being who we are in the face of what people think we are, is the disturbing subject in the thesis of "The Little Woman". Based on Franz Kafka's short story of the same name, written in 1923 as a scathing homage to his landlady in Berlin-Steglitz, this is a scenic exercise about personality, its perception and acceptance, about the shattering of the "I" into multiple fragments that feed a permanent and irresolvable conflict among themselves. We are all, each in our own way, a cosmos in eternal ebullition. And none more so than our protagonist who, faced with an empty frame, wars for the affirmation of her place in the world.


Inês Simões Pereira was born in Almada, Lisbon, in 1989. She works in theater, since 2005, integrating several productions as an actress and teaching courses with young people since 2008. She obtained her professional training at ESMAE - Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo. She has worked with teachers, creators and directors such as Richard Stourac, Marco António Rodrigues, Jorge Silva Melo, Nuno Carinhas, Lee Beagley, Inês Lua, Luís Varela, Rodrigo Malvar, Catarina Lacerda, Claire Binyon, António Durães, Ewan Downie, etc. In 2011 she co-founded Pelintra - Grupo de Teatro Amador d' A Filantrópica - CRL, co-directing and directing its productions with Pedro Galiza and Crestina Martins. She has been a member of the board, producer and programmer of A Filantrópica since 2013 and of Philantra - Festival de Arte Independente since 2011. In 2013, she co-founded Marácula, a transnational Cultural Association, based in national territory, with productions in Portugal and Spain. The solo show "A Mulherzinha" is her most recent production, inserted in FIS - Festival Internacional de Solos, and is the reflection of the consecutive exercise of theatrical exploration and research.

Artistic and technical sheet

From "The Little Woman", "At Night", "The Bridge", "Back Home", "Description of a Disagreement", "The Vulture" and "Letter to Oskar Pollak", by Franz Kafka
Original idea, adaptation, interpretation, and voice-over Inês Simões Pereira
Translation (from the English version by Willa and Edwin Muir), adaptation and direction Pedro Galiza
Scenic space, light design and costume Pedro Morim
Sound design Nuno Leites
Production Marácula – Associação Cultural

Duration ≈ 45 minutes ● > 12

© Photo Nuno Leites

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