Telenovela: Afternoon Soap
by Andrea Gabilondo
Telenovela is an ironic exploration of the world of soap operas: the daily afternoon drama
Dramas are built as if the characters live through cycles of never ending catastrophic events, following
familiar narrative themes: infidelity, secrets, pain, secrets and an excess of intrigue. The characters are one dimensional – ‘the good wife’ versus ‘the evil seducer.’
In Telenovela, Andrea Gabilondo’s choreography follows the free narrative sequence and inconclusive ending of each episode in television soap-operas. The interruptions of climatic moments by commercials are always present, returning abruptly to completely new circumstances and settings.
The piece is conceived for an actor (Viriato Morais) and a dancer (Andrea Gabilondo), who interweave dance and theatre in a unique language of performance. Exploring the possibilities of human expression though daily domestic drama, Telenovela is a portrait of the romantic imagination and fantasies of men and women.
Andrea Gabilondo was born in
Viriato Morais, free-lance actor, graduated from the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo of Porto (