Science & Art performance produced by CNC and Marionet
Maquina Sonhos

The Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra (CNC-UC) and the theater company Marionet will present a scientific-theatrical performance about the obstructive sleep apnea disorder entitled “A Máquina dos Sonhos”, on the 27th of October at 9:30 pm at the Paula Quintela theater, in the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Coimbra.

According to the Portuguese Sleep Association, 20% of the Portuguese population have difficulties in falling asleep, as 60% were diagnosed with a sleep disorder”. The “Máquina dos Sonhos” – a combination of a scientific and theatrical performance – deepens the syndrome theme, and wants to promote the knowledge and research data related to this disease. In this synergy between art and science, it is also a goal to evidence the language differences and similarities in both areas.

This initiative from the SleepApneaID project is a follow-up of other awareness activities for this disease. This CNC-UC project, initiated in 2017, has the main goal to develop a precocious diagnose and maintenance of the treatment in a simpler fashion, as well as awareness activities for it.

The performance began its development within the Unknown Laboratory, an initiative  of search and creation by Marionet, in partnership with CNC-UC, having the final goal to approach scientific challenges with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and artists. The resulting reflections have been publicly shared in several events, such as the European Researchers’ Night 2018 and the World Sleep Day 2019.

The theater play was one of the 10 initiative for scientific culture promotion awarded by the Interdisciplinary Research Institute, within the celebration of the 730 years of the University of Coimbra.


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