It was 9 pm, but the atmosphere of CELTA spread until its front yard.The audience had crowded Theatro Circo's front door. They really want to enjoy the shows immediately.Smiles decorated audience's face, even before they entered the room. It was not a dejavu, but the audience was able to guess that they would get happiness from CELTA's shows.
Among the crowd, there were some people in black with a little bit worried look on their face.They were participants of CELTA and was feeling nervous while waiting decision of the jury.Some of them choosed to sing and joke to expel nervous. The otherswere offering a CD to the audience as a gift because of their appreciation.
His name is
Francisco.Although he was busy offering
CD, he could not hide his tense."Yesterday was my first
CELTA will announce who is the best among us," said that member
of Tuna da Universidade Católica Portuguesa do
That man who like classical music was optimistic to be the winner. But he realized, other tunas had great quality of performance."Our rivals played very beautiful." said that guitar player.
Near the door of Theatro Circo, there were 24 trophies standing up tidily for the winners.Uniquely, it shaped is like rabbit using a hat. Antonio Luis Trincao, Azeituna flag player tells that rabbit is a unique animal, funny, and likes to jump.Therefore, Azeituna made him the a mascot and often uses movements in every performance."The music will be more interesting if it combines with movement.And we always try to create new motion to entertaine audience," he said.
From 24 trophies, only 22
trophies will be awarded at Theatro Circo. The other two will be
given in Populum at 2 o'clock after the show, tuna mais tuna and
superblocks award.Antonio believes that all tuna
has shown a great performance."Every tuna has a chance to
important thing is that the tuna should be able to entertain
By 21:30 pm, audience has been seated to fill the magnificent room of Theatro Circo.Great performance from first night tuna's show became a magnet for audience to watch another tuna from other universities.That enthusiasm was shown by full seated places.
Suddenly the lights turned
off.There was an unique male voice
that never stopped churning audience's
stomach.He was Antonio, comedian who was
also a member of Azeituna.Although he has
not said any words, audience always smiled when saw his funny
behavior. Accompanied by Hitler and the Joker, he changed the
silent night of Braga into a crowd applause and laughter.
Satisfied shout happily, CELTA create silent situations using beautiful instrumental from Tuna Universitaria de Aveiro (TUA). Combination sounds like a rumbling bass and guitar brought audience at a high level of peacefullness. Then they reminded audience to period of war through six songs.It was not only singing, they used effects of footsteps tempo, whisperring, and played its tempo to lead audience to dance.
After that Antonio was back with
Superman, Darth Vader, and Golem to fill the show's
gap.Although he always came, Antonio
never ran out of material to make audience
laugh.On that time,
Antonio invited audience to sing together and showed the trophies
that would be given to
The second show was filled by Tuna Universitaria do Instituto Superior Tecnico (TUIST) with Charlie Chaplin's background. TUIST showed their six "pandeireta" with a symmetrical position.Great movement and beautiful closing force audience to give long applause.On the last song, love story filled the background with scenes of hugs and kisses to make audience remember their memory of romance story.
After blushed remembering love story, audience throw their tired with laughing. There were nosuperhero anymore, Antonio was accompanied by woman lover's actors, James Bond, Mitch Buchannon, and Austin Powers. Their characters and behaviors that like to "play" woman made audience laugh,happy, and relaxed.
The night went on, but the stage
lights were turn off. Audience waited for the
appearance of next participant.Some of them looked confused and
asking their friends.Where Who was is the third
participant?Cartola, Magna Tuna Cartola de
Aveiro presented in the darkness of the stage through small lamp
game on the flute.Cartola presented some varieties
of unique and different performance who had never shown
before. Fast flag
playing, jumping, dance, pandeireta with their beautiful red
roses, and funny phone sounds made audience amazed and gave a
The atmosphere of excitement was still carried out although it was time to break.The committee provided 20 minutes to rest high level laughter and fun of the audience. Most of the audience did not want to move from their seat because they were waiting to watch next great participant.
Antonio opened the second session of CELTA with a new concept. He did not sit on the second floor.Antonio choosed to interact directly and walked among the audience.Styled like a drunk, he disturbed audience with funny stories.Some of them who were his victims looked embarrased.That interaction succeed to bring audience fall deeper into the Antonio's world of laughter.
Participants ended the last laugh with a soft melodious song.Men in Black, Estudantina Universitaria de Lisboa (EUL) sang six simple songs that were easy to listen. Stereo sound from two vocalists combined with a "pretending to be wrong" game entertained audience.
CELTA closed with the host´s performance, Azeituna, and announced the winner.Audience was never lie. Cartola who received a standing applause won the first price.CELTA ended at second.However in the heart of the audience the thought was to be in the next Celta in the following year.
Photo Rendra Ardyansah
Photo: Rendra Ardyansah