Dates / Schedules
July 16 & 17th 2021 08:00pm
Imaginary Friends is a documentary and a performance, which invites the audience to watch a documentary film during its post-production phase with live addition of sound effects in a Foley* studio. It is a reflection on what cinema can become while exploiting an effect most widely used for construction of believable illusions.
The film aims at disillusioning its viewers, preventing them from forgetting the unreality and the tricks used to create the magic of cinema, to make them believe that all is true.
The amateur film-maker and three Foley artists make a score out of the film. While the performers are obsessively seeking to literally reproduce the noises produced by objects and beings in the film, instead they are unmaking the illusion, uncovering the mechanisms used to create a lie. The director uses the opportunity to play with possibilities, experimenting with narratives that range from the visual world of small and playful stories to the narrative world created through comments of a restless producer.
The nature of images and sounds is based on a collection of documentary and fictional notes contrasting the images created by the documentary and by the performance. As if in a neo-cubist space the truth is freed from an unreflecting perception, opening the way to invoking spirits – the imaginary friends.
* Foley is a process of creating sound effects recorded in a Foley studio, where sounds of steps, closing doors, thunderclaps etc. are reproduced by sound designers alongside the film with the purpose of making the scenes appear more realistic.
Directing and artistic direction Rita Barbosa
Sound Design Rui Lima e Sérgio Martins, com participação de Jonathan Saldanha
Performance Rui Lima, Sérgio Martins, Daniel Pizamiglio
Production Henrique Figueiredo
Sound technician Manuel Reis
Stage manager Helena Ribeiro
Light design Rui Monteiro
Light technician Teresa Antunes
Poster and graphic design Dayana Lucas, Pedro Nora
DOP Jorge Quintela
1st Gaffer Miguel Ângelo
2nd Gaffer Bruno Medeiros
Editing Rita Barbosa
Colour grading Nuno Garcia – Spectacular Studio
Financial suppor Câmara Municipal do Porto/Criatório, SPA e AGECOP
Support Take It Easy, Planar, Teatro do Bolhão, Circolando, Mala Voadora, Spectacular Studio
Production CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém
Co-production residency O Espaço do Tempo
Special thanks to Ópera Isto Associação, Hotel Vila Galé Porto, EPES – Escola Profissional de Economia Social, Fundação Escultor José Rodrigues, Lipor, Associação de Comandos
Special thanks to Ana Carocinho, Ana Paula Sousa, António Selas, Bruno Bogarim, Cláudia Santos, Dayana Lucas, Daniel Oliveira, Daniel Ribas, Ekaterina Solomina, Filipe Pureza, Janine Lamas, Joana Dilão, João Pedro Dias, Joaquim Fernandes, Jorge Garcia, José Manuel Castro, Maria Varela, Mariana Dixe, Miguel Guia, Nanica, Nuno Garcia, Paula Marques, Patrícia Carvalho, Pedro Barreiras, Pedro Nora, Pedro Nuñes, Rui Horta, Sofia Arriscado, Susana Picanço.
Show selected for the 7th edition of PT.21 | Portuguese Platform for Performing Arts / O Espaço do Tempo.
20% Discount on the purchase of 5 tickets (or more) for the same show
20% Discount on the purchase of 5 tickets (or more) for different shows
Discounts are only valid in CCB Production and / or Coproduction shows and for tickets with a price of more than € 12, except for the CCB card holders, the discount is applied in amounts higher than € 8.
20% for those aged under 25 and over 65 (anywhere in the hall, except the front stalls)
10% for holders of the FNAC card (valid in the Main Auditorium and Small Auditorium, for tickets purchased at sales points)
25% for customers of CP, after the checking of the CP tickets (for tickets purchased at sales points)
50% for unemployed persons, on presentation of official proof from IEFP (valid in the Main Auditorium and Small Auditorium, for tickets purchased at sales points)
30% for last minute tickets, Half an hour before the start, on the day of the actual performance
€5 for professionals/students involved in the production of the show or performance, students (this discount only applies to performances produced by the CCB and purchased at the CCB Box Office, and there are only a limited number of tickets available)
30% Discount for holders of the CCB Friend’s Card