número cinco is a theater platform created in 2019 during the Master of Theatre Practices (MTP), in ArtEZ, Holland. It is, since 2021, a non-profit cultural association.
The purpose of número cinco is to develop a personal research on 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 other agents in the theatrical field - producer, director, author, audience, among others.
Autonomy in this context 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 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.
Maria João Falcão