I started this internship at the Department of Props and Sets of Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE), Porto, Portugal, in May 2018 after being selected for the position.
What was most striking about returning 2 years after finishing my studies there, was how much a space can change when its inhabitants change. It was definitely strange to be back and see so many new and unfamiliar faces in such familiar surroundings. Having different responsibilities as an intern and a new role within the school was challenging in very a good way.
My role was to organise the workshops, classrooms and storage spaces, watch over the props, tools, materials and equipment, as well as supporting and supervising the construction of set elements. Besides these daily responsibilities, I also helped with a few productions throughout the year.
Earlier this year, the students of the final year of Tecnologia da Comunicação Audiovisual from Escola Superior de Media Artes e Design (ESMAD), Porto, asked me to build some POD inspired props.
Take a peak at the results here!
A little over a year ago, I received a very thrilling reply from Red Ladder Theatre Company saying they would be happy to welcome me into their team to do an Erasmus+ internship, as I had requested. They told me about the exciting projects they had planned ahead and roughly what my responsibilities would be. I didn't need convincing - it sounded like an amazing opportunity. And it was! So I ended up in Leeds, England, where they are based, in the middle of April.
Between Walls - the missing project on this website
Finally, (after two years!) I've added to the Props, Masks and Puppets section of this website portfolio, the project I had featured in the Portuguese Student Section at Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, 2015. Better late than never!
The project had poems by Manuel António Pina as a starting point and I came up with a tiny house as a response. Learn more about it by clicking on the image below.
Charles Perrault, Mother Goose Trilogy
Last November I was approached by Madalena Melo, a Portuguese teacher from Aveiro doing her masters degree at ESMAE, to design and build the set and puppets for the show she wanted to do with the students of her Theatre Club, based on Charles Perrault's tales.
I just updated the projects to the website! Check them out:
Inês Mota is a set designer also fascinated by puppetry, light design, performative and visual arts. This is her online portfolio showcasing her work and what she's been up to. Find out more!
Recipient of the Specialization and Professional Appreciation in Arts Abroad 2019 Grant from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Inês Mota Set Designer Portfolio