"Sway, move, come on! That's the only way to escape him. He who rules the world has no power over movement, and he knows that our body in motion is holy. He can only exert power over what's motionless and immobilized, over what's passive and inert." in Bieguni by Olga Tokarczuk. NOMADS is a theatrical creation based on Bieguni, a short story in the book "Flights", from Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature.
NOMADS tells the story of a woman (Annuszka) in an urban context, entangled in a common life, who, from the moment when she meets an indigent homeless woman (Galina), abandons her family, and spends the following months traversing metro lines, travelling non-stop, refusing to go back home. Every night Annuszka and Galina meet, walk around the city looking for shelter, and talk about freedom and safety. A show about immobility and not being able to stop. About darkness. About vigilance. About the ways to defend ourselves against the claws of the power that wants to tie our hands: to never stop thinking, to be in constant inner movement.
João Neca graduated in Artistic Studies, specializing in Theatre, from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra, and has a master’s degree in Artistic Studies from the same university. He is a member and founder of the theatre group “Gambozinos e Peobardos”, that has its roots in Vela and he dedicates himself to the writing, playwriting and stage directing of many shows from this group since 2005. Since 2013, he has taken part of the permanent team of Teatro Bando working in the communication, show programming and hosting and as an actor, writer, assistant director and director.
He integrate the cast of THIS IS (NOT) EUROPE (2017), an international co-production with Collectif Le Nomade Village from Marseille and INFERNO, a creation by O Bando in a co-production with Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, directed by João Brites based on Dante’s epic poem; In 2018, he directed PÁSSAROS with Miguel Jesus an international co-production with Teatro Elsinor (Italy), and Pilot Theatre (United Kingdom) and in 2021, he directed FUTEBOL, a co-creation between Teatro O Bando and Teatro do Montemuro and with the participation of DC Lab of University of York, as a part of the European project PLAY ON. Since 2021, he’s one of the members of the board of the Cooperativa Teatro O Bando and responsible for the external relations of the collective.