Comfort Zone


The series of short performances COMFORT ZONE are opposedly to its title, a space of transgression and unrest where the word” sofa “will definitely be replaced by the word “chair”.

THE BAKING POWDER GIRL, COMFORT ZONE and WALKING GIRL is a proposal under the “Performance Art” artistic genre that is distinguished by the fusion of different languages, where the body appears as a primary means of support and expression.
The three events have in common the creation of a territory outside the limits of the “comfort zone” of the performers themselves, which explores the direct relationship with viewers through a language synthesis, primarily visual, without recourse to a narrative structure pre -set.
We are all comfortable, aren’t we?

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ft. Inês Gonçalves, Alexandre Lyra Leite

ft. João Luz, Alexandre Lyra Leite

ft. Inês Martins/Joana Caçador, Alexandre Lyra Leite


Performances by Alexandre Lyra Leite
Featuring Alexandre Lyra Leite, Inês Gonçalves, João Luz, Inês Martins, Joana Caçador
Graphic Design Rita Leite
Carpenter Marco Ribeiro
Photos Pedro Mendonça
Produced by Inestética companhia teatral
Acknowledgments Beatriz Feio, José Ricardo Ribeiro, Marco Ribeiro, Pedro Mendonça, Rita Leite, Tiago Cruz, Vitor Hugo Costa
Supported by Câmara Municipal de Vila Franca de Xira
Sponsored by Arte Franca, Ideia Clara, [metafilmes]

2011 | 45′ | M/16

Venues (Portugal)

Festival Periferias, Casa de Teatro de Sintra, 16 Mar 2013
Festival de Teatro de Montemor-o-Novo, Cine-Teatro Curvo Semedo, 19 Out 2012
Festival Escrita na Paisagem, Igreja de São Vicente, 6 e 7 Jul 2012
Teatro do Bairro, 31 Mai a 2 Jun 2012
Vila Franca de Xira
Museu do Neo-Realismo, 27 Mar 2012
5ª Amostra de Teatro de Alverca, Espaço Cegada, 01 Mar 2012
Camacha – Madeira
Festival Amo-Teatro, 21 Fev 2012
Vila Franca de Xira
Inestética Lounge, 4 a 25 Nov 2011 (estreia/premiere)

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Comfort Zone | 3 performances by Alexandre Lyra Leite

The contemporary visionaries
Ivy Magazine, by Yvette Vieira, 20 March 2012

“Inestética is a group that transcends the meaning of the word theater, goes further. It is an avant-garde company that puts on the scene multidisciplinary performances that prevent the indifference, that cultivates critical thinking and above all, that show a disturbing creativity.(…)”

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Performance Art is an artistic genre born in the 60’s, has an exploratory result from the fusion of theater, cinema, dance, poetry, music and plastic arts. It is also linked to other forms of expressions, such as the Happening and Body Art, who privilege an direct interaction with the audience.
Its origins are connected to vanguard movements from early 20th century, namely Futurism and Dada, as well as the Bauhaus School influence.
As a common denominator, it introduces the use of the body as an support and expression medium in ephemeral events for an audience that is, sometimes, involved in the process.
Later on, there would be a strong contamination between Minimal art, Conceptual Art and Performance Art, artistic practices that assume the domain of idea and creative process over the art form final outcome.


Alexandre Lyra Leite was born in Lisbon in 1971.
Studied Cinema at ESTC – Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema and Theatre Production and Management at IFICT – Instituto de Formação, Investigação e Criação Teatral, Lisbon. Professor at the Course of Interactive Multimedia Production, IPA – Instituto Superior Autónomo de Estudos Politécnicos, Lisbon and teacher ever since 2006 at ETIC – Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação, Lisbon, at the courses Direction, Video and 2D/3D Animation. In 1991 he founded Inestética companhia teatral, where he develops activity mainly as artistic director, scene director and author. Beyond original texts, he has produced and directed performances based on Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Italo Calvino, William Blake, Stalislaw Lem, Roberto Corte, Camilo Castelo Branco, Richard Wagner, Tristan Tzara and Sun Tzu, among others. Was awarded in three editions of the Competition O Teatro da Década (The Decade Theater) organized by CPAI – Clube Português de Artes e Ideias (Portuguese Club of Arts and Ideas) and has taken part in several national and international Theatre festivals. Was grantee from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (New Scene Directors Program). Directed various publicity spots, videoclips and experimental videos, and has collaborated as a copywriter at IC Design. He regularly orients workshops of theatre formation and cinema/theatre writing.