The project of artistic tribute to Virgens Negras consists in holding workshops of ancient dances and songs, open to the participation of the community, on September 14 and ends with the presentation of a final show, on September 15, at 5 pm , dedicated to 16th century Portuguese travel, where the focus is the devotion of Afonso de Albuquerque to the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Catarina Costa e Silva's workshop on ancient dances takes place on September 14, from 10 am to 12 noon, and Carme Juncadella's workshop on songs, on the same day, from 3 pm to 5 pm.
Alfonso de Albuquerque was a profuse chronicler of his own achievements and adventures. He wrote numerous letters, especially to King Manuel I, during his travels and conquests. Mention is made of their particular devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe several times, relating the history of the various objects sent, and now lost, to the Monastery dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Cáceres, Spain.
The project is researched by Carme Juncadella and started from the life-saving prodigy of Afonso de Albuquerque in one of the battles fought in the conquest of India, thanks to the intervention, believed to be miraculous, of the Virgin of Guadalupe. “The project is also intended to be a musical image of the collision of cultures that represented Portugal's first foray into the Indian Ocean, and is based on several episodes of Afonso de Albuquerque's life in these places. The successes and failures in relations with D. Manuel, the Africans, the Hindu leaders, the Moorish merchants who had been established there for centuries, and the men at his command who accompanied him in this unbelievable gesture, show the extraordinary complexity of the Portuguese foray into India, ”the organization said.
The closing show features Carme Juncadella (artistic direction, research and organetto), Maria Bayley (clavicymbalum, harp and voice), Jorge Luís Castro (baritone and narration), Daniela Tomaz (flutes and autoresfe), the Ensemble Portingaloise (Catarina Costa and Silva and Thiago Vaz Cruvinel) and the Aljezur International Choir. At the end of the concert, there will be a gastronomic sharing of emblematic products of the Portuguese travels through Africa and India.
“Dias D´as Virgens Negras” is a project by O Corvo ea Raposa – Cultural Association, part of the DiVaM Program – Dynamization and Valorization of Monuments – an initiative of the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve.
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