Who we are
The Festival intends to bring together the impro community living in Portugal with other countries, by promoting an event with activities in Theater, Dance, Music and other forms of art.
Our irreverence seeks to break preconceived concepts, about the art of improvisation and the art that is created in contemporaneity, questioning and reaffirming, and mainly, breaking with the idea that differences distance us. Saying "Yes, and", the motto of improvisation. “Yes” for us and other people, “and” create together something that finds its own new rules.
Our Mission: Deconstruct judgments and preconceptions about art, ourselves and about the art we make, in order to find out authenticity at the rhythm of the Tejo river waves.
André Sobral and Luana Proença
ANDRÉ SOBRAL is a Portuguese improviser, part of the ImprovFX group and creator of several shows and works in different groups in Portugal. Promotes workshops in Portugal in exchange with artists from other countries. He is a member of the European improvisation network Ohana.
LUANA PROENÇA is a Brazilian improviser and teacher, part of the groups Saída Sul (Brazil) and Lilimprov (Portugal). She is the translator of Status magazine into Portuguese and part of the European improvisation network The SIN. She is doing her PhD in Theater Studies at ULisba with a research on Impro.
[embuscada] is a theater company that produces itself. In addition to creating its shows, [embuscada] has developed production projects in the area of training, creating workshops of improvised theater, vocal technique, interpretation, among other artistic events such as Irreverente - International Improv Festival of Lisbon.
The Irreverente mascot was created by the Portuguese artist Inês Gosa. The mascot is our little monster that harmonizes our favorite Portuguese symbols: the Sardine, the Raven, the Barcelos's chicken and the Forcado vest, combined with the image of a Donkey: the persistence and stubbornness of those who improvise.