número cinco is a theatre platform created in 2019 by Maria João Falcão as part of her research for the Master of Theatre Practices (MTP), in ArtEZ, Holland. The purpose of número cinco is to continue developing a personal research about the actor's autonomy.
The Autonomy of the Actor is a reflection about the nature of the actor's work. It is also a practical research on the relationship between the actor and the other agents in the theatrical field - producer, director, author, audience, among others.
Autonomy here is seen as the possibility to negotiate the limits and boundaries of our actions in the relationship with others. In this project, I intend to create artistic processes where I can experiment and reflect on this negotiation. And on the performativity of these different relationships.
This project begins with On Invitation, focusing on the relationship between Actor-Audience.
The other projects that will follow, will reflect on the other relationships.
In all of them I will position myself as an actress. Other artists are and will be invited to investigate, co-create and perform with me, taking on the other roles in this negotiation process - the director, the author, the teacher, the co-actor, the producer.
número cinco also works as an archive where I document what was/is/will be produced during the research. Processes, experiments, paths and outcomes in all their different materials - texts, photos, comments, interviews or videos.
This platform reflects real time my research and is being shaped and transformed by it.
When I assume the research is over, número cinco will be closed as a project and will exist only as an archive of a theatrical research.