Saudade - Back to Fado

A mixture of feelings to the sound of the Portuguese guitar


“Saudade” is the pain of an absence, the desire for something or someone from which we are deprived. It is nostalgia, melancholy, remembrance of people or things distant or even extinct, and the great desire to become them.

A word with difficult translation into other languages, it is in the essence of the Portuguese people that always left for various reasons (for heroism, discovery, survival) always leaving a part of themselves in their land and the desire to return to it.

A choreographic work with artistic direction and choreography by Daniel Cardoso, also inspired by the literary work of the renown Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões.

“Saudade” intends to return to the origin, in a mixture of feelings, pieces of pain, joy, solitude, friendship, helplessness and love. And all this letting us to be taken by the 12 strings of a Portuguese guitar…


Artistic Director, Choreography and Concept: Daniel Cardoso
Dancers: 7 dancers
Musical Adaptation: André Santos
Voice: Joana Melo
Portuguese Guitar: Luís Coelho
Contrabass: Sofia Neide
Viola: Pedro Pinhal
Costumes Design: Nuno Gama
Costumes Execution: Helena Pereira
Scenic Space: Daniel Cardoso e Hugo Matos
Light Design: Daniel Cardoso
Production: Raquel Vieira de Almeida
Photography: C. Cardoso


Audience: over 6 years old
Duration: 1h and 30 minutes (with intermission)


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