Project Description

    Lady Lazarus
    “Lady Lazarus” combines a cello, a cellist, a mirror, electronics, and a poem. With the magnificent words of Sylvia Plath and with the cellist improvisation, the cello becomes an actor, a piece of the set and a character. The performance leads the audience into the world of Lady Lazarus, a character born from Sylvia Plath’s poem, who happens to play the cello.

    Ana Isabel Oliveira, cello
    IGor C. Silva, sound
    Eduardo Pousa, light

    Ana Isabel Oliveira, cello
    Ana Isabel Oliveira was born in 1983 in Mafamude, Portugal.  She studied cello with Cristina Coelho, Vicente Chuaqui, Jed Barahal and Filipe Quaresma and attended master classes with Paul Gaio Lima, Aldo Mata, Eckart Schwarz-Schulz, Ernst Reijseger, Ilia Laporev, Natalia Gutman, and Xavier Gagnepain. Ana is a co-founding member of the Scherzo Quintet, with which she performed in the Harmos Festival, Porto. She has worked under conductors such as Pius Salotto, Nicholas Kok, António Saiote, Harry Lyth, and was a member of the Momentum Perpetuum Youth Orchestra, under the artistic and musical direction of conductor Martin André. Ana Isabel Oliveira wrote music for the play The Portuguese Nun by Mariccla Boggio, directed by Claudio Hochman, in which she also worked as an actress and cellist. Ana teaches cello at the Coimbra Conservatory of Music  and is presently enrolled in the master’s degree programme at ESMAE – Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (Oporto College for Performing Arts), as a student of Filipe Quaresma.

    Porto Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Portugal
    Porto’s Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), belonging to the Porto’s Polytechnic Institute (IPP) emerged (1994), after the extinction of the Superior School of Music, with intention to widen its offer of graduation courses to other artistic areas beyond music. Nowadays, ESMAE encloses three departments: Music (instrument, singing, composition, early music, jazz, production and music technologies); Theatre and Visual Arts.ESMAE has developed varied partnerships in order to give a chance to its students to show their work, off campus through concerts and festivals.
    ESMAE has nearly 830 students and 140 teachers. ESMAE has got more than 90 cooperation agreements with international institutions and has been taking part in European projects since 2003;active partner in AEC and ELIA (performing arts european associations), in several ERASMUS IPs such as Operamedia, IICS, SACS, La Follia, Phoenix and promoter of several national and international festivals like HARMOS festival, IRI and SET.