Clenched fists, full contact, one thing is certain: Cláudia and Jaime are going for the mouth, literally and metaphorically.

The first of choreographer Cláudia Dias’ seven performances to be created over the next seven years reconstructs a boxing match. Part of a community that has been forced to the mat many times, they will shed blood, sweat and tears as they pummel each other with arguments and reveal enlightening truths. The feeling of solidarity between peers, reinforced in combat when they recognise each other as equals, stands in contrast to the oppression they free themselves from through fighting. From these opposing forces comes enough friction to move from words to action.

Performed in Portuguese with English subtitles. This venue is not wheelchair accessible.

Presented as part of EUROPOLY at Tiger Dublin Fringe in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. A co-production with Alkantara Festival and Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen in the frame of NXTSTP/Culture Programme of the European Union; Goethe Institut; Maria Matos Teatro Municipal and Teatro Municipal do Porto. Supported by Fundação GDA and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, EUROPOLY, Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Münchner Kammerspiele, Onassis Cultural-Centre (Athens), Sirenos – Vilnius International Theatre Festival, Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), Tiger Dublin Fringe. SEVEN YEARS SEVEN PIECES is supported by the City Council of Almada.

Photo credit: José Cladeira / TMP.