In order to open a critical dialogue to the contemporary cultural scene, State of the Art organized two Talks, based on the exhibition “The Circus of Fernand Léger”, with the objective to provide reflection and discussion on circus art.

The first debate discussed the influence of the circus on visual / plastic arts, counting with the participation of Jorge Barreto Xavier, ambassador of the exhibition “The Circus of Fernand Léger”; Bernardo Pinto de Almeida, professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and David Oliveira, artist on show. Artist António Gonçalves, artistic director of the Ala da Frente Gallery, moderated the discussion.


The second debate focused on the importance of circus performance today, and was attended by Teresa Ricou, founder of the Chapitô project, artist Paulo Robalo, professor at the Contemporary Academy of Performance of Porto, and the choreographer Paulo Ribeiro, former director of the National Ballet Company. The journalist and general director of Porto Canal, Júlio Magalhães, was the voice that moderated the conversation.