Using Lisbon as a backdrop, director Carlos Saura explores Portugal’s most emblematic musical genre (fado). Tracing its African and Brazilian origins up to the new wave of modern faudistas, he ingeniously deploys mirrors, back projections, lighting effects, and lush colors to frame each song, ranging from a campfire ringed by sinuous dancers to a balletic catfight between two jealous women to a thrilling desgarrada (musical duel) in a fado café. The result is a ravishing fusion of cinema, song, dance and instrumental numbers. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Space is limited; first come first served.
Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. See the full schedule of events.