Colectivo 84 / Penetrarte – Cultural Association is a structure founded in 2004. Under the artistic direction of John Romão (actor and director) and Mickael de Oliveira (dramatist and investigator of Theatrical Studies), this association’s goal is to diffuse and produce contemporary performance arts, focusing primarily in creation theatre and Portuguese and European dramaturgy.
Colectivo 84’s program continues to try to answer the always disturbing meaning of the term “contemporary”. What does Contemporary mean for Colectivo 84? The answer is set in four points: 1) to structure its program through a theme from our time; 2) to defend a cross-cut idea of contemporaneity of border crossing artistic objects (altermodernity); 3) a clear notion of wanting to promote the creation of Portuguese dramaturgy, dramatic and post-dramatic; 4) to promote the methodology of theatrical creation, surpassing barriers imposed by the classical concept of “staging”, in search of an experimentation, accompanied by artists, thinkers and creators of our time.
It has been sponsored by private, public and ministerial entities both nationally and internationally: Direcção Regional de Cultura do Centro, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Direcção Geral das Artes – Secretaria de Estado da Cultura, having established co-productions with National Theatre D. Maria II (Lisbon), TAGV - Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (Coimbra), CITEMOR Festival (Montemor-o-Velho), Materiais Diversos Festival (Minde), Festival Temps d'Images (Lisbon), São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Lisbon), Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB), RDP Antena 2 (Lisbon), Teatro La Laboral (ES), Meteorit Theater (ESL), Stone/Castro (AUS), and it has been sponsored by Instituto Camões, Goethe Institut and the European Union’s Culture Programme (2007-2013) – cooperation projects.
Colectivo 84 / Penetrarte – Cultural Association is a structure sponsored by Direcção Geral das ARtes – Secretaria de Estado da Cultura and it is an associated structure of Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB), in Lisbon, and Casa das Caldeiras, in Coimbra.