» Multidisciplinary performance reminds the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to the Little Shepherds

Multidisciplinary performance reminds the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to the Little Shepherds


The multidisciplinary performance “Fatima – The day the sun danced” took place in the Paul VI Pastoral Centre, on the 11th, 13th and 15th of May.

Throughout the presentations, the Paul VI Pastoral Centre seemed small given the number of people willing to attend the show.

The pre-premiere of the performance was on the 11th, with the presence of the schools of Fatima. Four schools were invited and attended the show.

On the 13th and 15th, the show was open to the public who seized this unique opportunity and was present in great number.

After the various presentations here in Fatima, the show will be staged in Portugal, in the Municipality Theatre of Bragança, and in Brazil, in several cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Recife, Natal, and others.

“Fatima – The day the sun danced” is a multidisciplinary performance promoted by the Shrine of Fatima in the context of the program of the Centennial of the Apparitions, and was developed by the Vortice Dance Company.

It is a project that, evoking the apparitions of Fatima and its reflection in contemporary history, seeks to draft a portrait of the event that marked the twentieth century.

With the signature of the choreographers and artistic directors Cláudia Martins and Rafael Carriço, the show evokes the presence of Our Lady «all clothed in white, more brilliant than the sun» before three children of Aljustrel, Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco, seeking to establish a parallelism between this encounter and the present time.

The luminous portrait of the Lady pointing the rosary as an instrument of peace in the world, the dramatic portrait of hell as a horizon of human auto-reference, the beautiful and challenging portrait of the Heart without stain, which offers itself for love, or the apotheotic portrait of the sun dancing to the rhythm of the blessing of God, find parallel in present situations in which faith, hope and charity inspire an attitude of courage, of generous self-giving and perseverance, of prayer as an encounter with God and with brothers.

The show, with a contemporary language, crosses different artistic disciplines like dance, video, video mapping, figuration in hologram, 3D scenography, recyclable costumes and joins artists from different nationalities who, by interpreting the sense and the reach of the message of Fatima, search to project it to the light of our days.