In what has become a popular annual Christmas event, the Municipality of Lagoa hosted 15 performers in December. Living Statues are a popular form of busking throughout the world and are common on the busy streets of Lisbon, as well as in the Algarve during the height of the tourist season.
The Christmas event was a great opportunity for us to experience several performances in one location. Along with friends we enjoyed a sunny Saturday morning in this town which is about 15 minutes from Portimão.
There weren’t nearly as any people as we expected so we had plenty of time to interact with the performers and appreciate their talents. The costumes were amazing and very well crafted, obviously representing many hours of work in preparation.
The patience and discipline required to carry out this form of street performance is significant. The performers remain totally still until surprising a passerby with an unexpected movement or sound. Their abilities and costumes are rewarded by tips from the audience. Usually a tip is acknowledged by some form of gesture or activity.
We were impressed by the originality and variety of performers in Lagoa. Watching the rapt faces of children as they waited for a movement or a blinking eye was part of the pleasure. of course there are always those who sometimes go too far in trying to create a response but for the most part everyone seemed to enjoy the performances.
We try to repay street performers who go above and beyond in originality and talent and on this occasion there were several who caught our eye and appreciation.
Hopefully Lagoa will continue to sponsor this performance in future years and we will be certain to return next holiday season.