Fostering mobility of artists and technicians
São João National Theatre provides support to foster mobility of artists and technicians, through the activities that it develops directly (hosting international productions or organisation of tours of in-house productions) and coproductions that it develops with other entities and which lead to international tours. Between 2008 and 2012, various international tours were organised, that helped increase the mobility of artists and technicians. Various foreign performances were also presented within the TNSJ’s regular programming. The greatest number of international performances were hosted in 2011 due to organisation of Odyssey: Theatres of the World. Other key events include the protocols signed in 2009 with the São Paulo Trade Social Service (Brazil), which foresees exchanges productions by Portuguese and Brazilian artists and, in 2010, with the School of Communication and Arts of the Eduardo Mondlane University (Maputo). The TNSJ is the only Portuguese member of the Union of Theatres of Europe (UTe) whose objective is to develop a common cultural activity which transcends the borders of each country, enabling the regular circulation of projects and artists, surpassing linguistic barriers while respecting the cultural heritage and identity of each of its members.