​​Ghost Nature




Fernanda Fragateiro, Gonçalo M. Tavares

Companhia Maior Cast

Angelina Mateus

Carlos Fernandes

Carlos Nery

Catarina Rico

Cristina Gonçalves

Edmundo Sardinha

Elisa Worm

Isabel Simões

João Silvestre

Kimberley Ribeiro

Manuela de Sousa Rama

Maria Helena Falé


Paula Bárcia

CCB Lisbon 24 June - 16 July 2021

detail gohst

Freedom, oh freedom

Freedom above me

I hate to tell you, mister, but only dead men are free.

Bob Dylan in “Murder Most Foul”


All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.

Isak Dinesen

Every year, since the creation of Companhia Maior in 2010, an invitation is sent to an artist or collective to create a show for this group. In 2020, due to the pandemic that desolates us, it was not possible to fulfil this goal. Thereby a new model of creation was reached, an installation based on the images and childhood memories of its interpreters.


Starting from the family albums of the cast, Marco Martins, in collaboration with Fernanda Fragateiro and Gonçalo M. Tavares, created Ghost Nature, an installation developed on how these references shape memory, fixing certain events in a ghostly way.


Since a photographic archive is a more or less systematic repository, its personal and family dimension indicate a construction in which time is covered by affective traces and narratives, in addition to its strictly chronological dimension.


However, photographs and films are always a way to register actions and information, having an intrinsic materiality and constituting a form of expression that distinguishes them from other discourses found in the personal and family dimension.


The visual representation of this kind of events (studio photographs, holidays and many other domestic ephemeris) always implies the construction of a representative image of a narration that is intended to be controlled.


From the confrontation with these images and from the presence of the people who constitute Companhia Maior, now forcibly dissolved in a virtual basis, Ghost Nature takes that virtuality as a power, shaping what is latent in the fictional dimension of all biographies.

Technical sheet

by Marco Martins

sculpture and scenic space Fernanda Fragateiro

text Gonçalo M. Tavares, Marco  Martins

Companhia Maior cast Angelina Mateus, Carlos Fernandes, Carlos Nery, Catarina Rico, Cristina Gonçalves, Edmundo Sardinha, Elisa Worm, Isabel Simões, João Silvestre, Kimberley Ribeiro, Manuela de Sousa Rama, Maria Helena Falé, Michel, Paula Bárcia


technical consultancy, setting and sound design João Ferro Martins

scanning and file handling Blues Photography Studio

sound Rafael Cardoso

movement Cláudia Nóvoa, Vânia Rovisco

director’s assistant Rita Quelhas

Arena Ensemble’s managing director Marta Delgado Martins

production assistant Mafalda Teles

production director Mariana Brandão


Companhia Maior

director Miguel Honrado, Paula Varanda, Susana Martinho Lopes

executive coordination Beatriz Jarmela

communication consultancy Inês Lampreia, Sofia Batista


director Marco Martins

Companhia Maior cast Angelina Mateus, Carlos Fernandes, Carlos Nery, Catarina Rico, Cristina Gonçalves, Edmundo Sardinha, Elisa Worm, Isabel Simões, João Silvestre, Kimberley Ribeiro, Maria Helena Falé, Michel, Paula Bárcia

participation Ema Araújo, Érica Santos, João Vasco Bettencourt Vieira, Laura Cepeda, Leonardo Delgado Martins, Manuel Viterbo Brandão Sardo, Melanie Neves, Mia Dewart Melo, Stefan Gomes

director of photography Carlos Lopes (Káká), Lisa Persson, Marco Martins

first camera assistant Lisa Persson

second camera assistant João Porto

director’s assistant Teresa Mata

chief engineer Rosa Vale Cardoso

chief electrician Sérgio Caçoilo

sound Bernardo Theriaga

video assist Tomás Vieira

wardrobe Isabel Carmona

wardrobe assistant Mariana Lourenço

make-up and hair Nani

make-up assistant Ana Roma

hair assistant Marisa Marques

taxidermy MUHNAC Pedro Andrade

colour correction Mário Gaspar

editor Leonor Teles, Rita Quelhas

production assistant Filipa Falcão

production coordinator Joana Vaz da Silva


director José Miguel Pinto

artistic coordinator Francisca Marques

production coordinator Valentin Neves

master locksmith Hélder Fernandes

locksmith Jorge Santos

production assistant André Coelho, Carlos Arteiro, Pedro Graça

project assistant Ana Maria Trabulo

audiovisual coordinator Bruno Lança

ecosteel’s administrator José Maria Ferreira

Atelier Fernanda Fragateiro

collaborators Filipa Alfaro, Filipe Meireles

co-production Centro Cultural de Belém, Teatro Viriato, Companhia Maior and Arena Ensemble


Companhia Maior receives financial support from Lisbon City Council under RAAML Program and from Belém Parish Council


support ArtWorks, Lisbon City Council/MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, CAV – Centre for Visual Arts, Central Lisbon University Hospital Centre, Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema, Ministério dos Filmes, National Museum of Natural History and Science, Uma Pedra no Sapato


acknowledgments António Câmara Manuel, Cláudio Torres, Equipa Peris Costumes, Filipa Reis, João Maria Gusmão, José Luís Borges Coelho, Luís Pavão, Maria José Pinto da Costa, Rafael Barreto


CCB 24th June - 16th July 2021

Viseu – date and place to be confirmed