Open Call, Wide Space is an artist-in-residence programme for performing artists from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (dance, theatre, performance, clown and others) to join MALACATE, a new-born festival at Mina de S. Domingos, Mértola, Portugal that aims to bring a new meaning to this abandoned mining site and for its inhabitants.
The word ‘Malacate’ describes a structure that was used for decades to pump water from wells to the surface, allowing the creation of deep galleries, feeding sulphur processing and watering a line of vegetable gardens that followed the watercourse. Malacate is essentially a type of structure used in other complexes to lift miners, objects, goods, therefore acting a s a transduction mechanism, transforming one type of energy into another. It is an object of connection between the mine and the outside, between the hidden and the revealed, that this project – MALACATE – wants to use as a symbol for the connection between the past and the contemporary, and between reality and fiction.
The programme offers a one-month paid residency at Mina de S. Domingos – one of the most remote regions of Portugal – with a working space of 10 by 20 metres exclusively dedicated to your group. Artists and collectives (max. 4 people) will work in close relation with the place and the local villagers, and will be asked to present some results in the shape of a small performance (work in progress), or a similar activity resulting from the residency.
There are two residency blocks defined in the project schedule. The first residence will take place from 2-29 May 2022 and the second from 3-30 January 2023. Each member of the selected artistic team will receive a fee of 1000€ and a per diem. Selected proposals will also be supported with accommodation and reimbursement of travel expenses.