Artistic direction: David Pereira Bastos
Interpretation: Ana Sampaio and Maia, Bruno Simão, Manuel Coelho, Miguel Sopas, Paulo Pinto, Rita Loureiro, Sílvia Figueiredo, Tânia Alves
Translation: Francisco Luís Parreira
Production: Estado Zero in co-production with the National Theater D. Maria II
Presented at TEMPO within the scope of the Eunice AGEAS Network, a project for the dissemination of shows produced and co-produced by the National Theater D. Maria II
On March 15, 1938, thousands of Austrians hailed Adolf Hitler at Heldenplatz in Vienna, celebrating Anschluss, the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. Fifty years later, on November 4, 1988, the play by Thomas Bernhard of the same name, Heldenplatz (Heroes’ Square), premiered at the Burgtheater, to mark the centenary of the historic Viennese theater, as well as the 50th anniversary of the annexation.
Heroes’ Square thus brings to light the historical bleaching that allowed Austria to assume itself as the first victim of the III Reich, instead of a first ally. More than that, it exposes the perception that the anti-Semitic policies and beliefs of the extreme right, even Nazis, are alive and present in Austria in 1988 as much or more than in 1938, as is mentioned by one of the characters in the play. Bernhard.
At a time when populist and xenophobic policies, backward conservatism, are asserting themselves all over the world, from Europe to the United States of America, from Brazil to Arab and African countries, where consecutive new measures and policies seem to confirm a civilizational setback. , political and social, it is urgent to return to the Heroes’ Square.