Teatro O Bando is a major Portuguese professional traveling theatre company which began its activities in 1974.
Bando is a collective which elects aesthetic transfiguration. It has civic and community participation and it’s a Portuguese National Entity of Public Utility and a Certified Actor’s Training establishment.
Founded in 1974, and being one of the oldest cultural cooperatives in the country, Teatro O Bando sees itself as a group which elects the transfiguration as the aesthetic mode of civic participation and community. In the genesis of the company, the street theatre and activities for children in schools and cultural associations, integrated in decentralized projects, are its basis.
O Bando creations are defined by their plastic and staging dimension, marked mainly by the Scene Machines, polysemic objects carrying in themselves an idea of action. The dramaturgic work is also very important: mainly growing out of works from Portuguese authors, most of the times not dramatic work, which the theatrical form, in its multiple languages, provides a different communication.
Having created more than 100 performances, O Bando has presented about 4500 shows to over 1,5 million spectators. The company continues searching for the singularity of their creations, aiming to achieve more gash and unexpected artworks. These are the result of a collective methodology in which an expanded artistic direction demands the difference, the interference, the collapse, the collision of points of view.
Rural or urban, adult or child, learned or popular, national or universal, dramatic, narrative or poetic-such are the borders Teatro O Bando have managed to transgress. Throughout their journey, the group has been linked to multiple national and international projects and the touring investment continues to present several shows throughout the country.
- founded 1974 as a cooperative
- 21 permanent staff (9 artists)
- 3 new creations per season
- 120 performances per season
- 20.000 spectators per year
Ana Paula Rio Tinto
Having had several homes, O Bando is now settled on a Farm in Vale dos Barris, Palmela, where unsuspected potential stages can be found. There O Bando is waiting for you, always with soup, bread and cheese, Muscatel and a cosy chat next to the fireplace.