The Tradition / Performance Piece


The Tradition

Creation and Performance: Telmo Branco
Videography and Photography: Rachael Mauney and Telmo Branco
Sound Design: Marcelo Schmittner and Telmo Branco
Interviewed: Odete Ortiz, Rui Brinquete, Sonia Latas and Miguel Branco.

In collaboration with: Lake Studios, SCOPE BLN, and Acker Stadt Palast - Berlin. 

Special thanks to: Veronica Branco, Marameo Ev., and Dock 11- Berlin.

Premier: 05/11/2021, AckerStadt Palast - Berlin.

Concept Description

"The Tradition" is an interdisciplinary piece that confronts patriarchal forms of oppression, their roots, and aftermath.

"The Tradition" portrays the traces left in our society by centuries of toxic masculinity, religious and folkloric indoctrination, and by social stratification built upon power abuse and bullying.

Ultimately "The Tradition" approaches how the toxic traditions and practices of my community have affected me as a queer person.

"The Tradition" interpolates film/documentary excerpts recorded in my hometown Elvas, southern Portugal. This community serves as the empirical example of how history and its adjacent wounds are remembered and reflected.