In a world (ours) of fake news, we ask: In life, what is the truth? And in the theater? Is the theater to come to life, will it be a lie space? Does the actor have to lie to be true? Will there be godly lies? These are some of the questions we asked to start the confrontation: from the characters ‘lies, to the actors’ truth. Lie is used to achieve the desired ends: and no one goes unpunished! Lies are used, as lies are abused today. It has made its way among us and with it the darkest ends in the history of mankind are reached. Text: Almeida Garrett // Staging: António Capelo // Interpretation: Alexandre Calçada, Alexandre Martins, Ana Perfeito, Elisabete Pinto, José Escaleira, Tiago Fernandes // Musical Direction: José Prata // Lighting: Rui Gonçalves // Set Design: Cátia Barros // Costumes: Cláudia Ribeiro // Props and Executive Production: Adriel Filipe // Promoter: ACTA
MOLLY BLOOM’S NIGHT ACTA – The Algarve Theater Company In the last chapter of Joyce’s Ulysses, Mr. Leopold Bloom, after wandering around Dublin for twenty hours, returns home to sleep with his wife. He lies down and soon falls asleep. It is during Mr. Bloom’s sleep that his wife, Molly, unravels facets of his personality and her own. It is a torrential, fragmented soliloquy, with phrases linked uninterruptedly by associations of thoughts, dreams and erotic fantasies that plague this woman during insomnia. The question of whether or not it is a feminist discourse is debated. We are particularly interested in addressing this metaphor of Penelope on the existential plane.
THE MARGIN OF TIME – EUNICE MUÑOZ AND LÍDIA MUÑOZ At 92, Eunice Muñoz feels prepared to leave the stage. More than a farewell, the show “The Margin of Time” is a testimony to his granddaughter Lídia Muñoz and to generations to come. The renowned actress once again assumes an intervening role in her career in this intimate show, where grandmother and granddaughter act together to the sound of an original soundtrack created and performed by conductor Nuno Feist, confronting us with several reflections on women in our society: What life are we allowed by today’s society? After 40 hours of work a week, what are the other 128? Free time to exercise what freedom? What life is that of a woman employed in a factory, in her middle years, without a sexual life? To what extent has this fought since the beginning of the century, the power of a woman to earn her life and live her life alone, has changed society? Or to what extent was it not just finding a place on the margins of society, a makeshift temporary place, interim life? In a society organized about production relations and the family, what place does a woman […]
Direction: Jorge Silva Melo Translation: Ana Raquel Fernandes, Rui Pina Coelho Interpretation: Américo Silva, André Loubet, António Simão, Helder Bráz, Joana Bárcia, Joana Resende, José Neves, Pedro Baptista, Pedro Caeiro, Paula Mora, Sara Inês Gigante, Tiago Matias, Vânia Rodrigues Production: United Artists in coproduction with the National Theater D. Maria II and National Theater S. João 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 And now, what is done to us? United States, 1940s. We are in the American Dream, the ideal of self made man and the myth of success. Willy Loman wants to give the world to his children, he wants them to conquer it. After 34 years working as a traveling salesman, he sees his dreams fade away, losing ground and, consequently, the notion of reality. A modern tragedy of ordinary people, who finds the ultimate violence in the helplessness of failure. It is really chilling to see, now, this Death of a traveling salesman that startled the world on his debut, on Broadway, in 1949 (in a show directed by Elia Kazan) and that Portugal arrived […]
CAXIAS NIGHTS Northwest Theater Two women who lived intensely under the dictatorship. Leninha, the most feared and powerful female figure in Portuguese politics: PIDE; and Laura, one of the victims who suffered the most at the hands of the terrible agent. Based on the life of a figure as terrible as it is fascinating: the woman who rose to the top of the PIDE hierarchy, still a great stranger to most Portuguese today. From the novel As Longas Noites de Caxias, by Ana Cristina Silva (2019)
May 22, 9:30 pm, Grand Auditorium Based on a text by Thomas Bernard and with artistic direction by David Pereira Bastos, Praça dos Heroes is a piece that exposes 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 anti-Semitic, far-right, even Nazi, policies and beliefs are alive and present in Austria in 1988 as much or more than in 1938, as one of the characters in the play mentions. 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. A production of State Zero in co-production with the Teatro D. Maria II. Play presented within the scope of the Eunice Ageas Network – project for the dissemination of shows produced and co-produced by the National Theater D. Maria II. Picture of Bruno Simão
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 Odder Sideshow intends to rescue secular circus techniques, from the golden age of the great Traditional Circuses, but which fell into disuse due to the risk they imply, namely: the throwing of knives, Fire Swallow, Escapism, Blockhead, Juggling with chainsaw and balance on machetes (…) and interconnect them with clown technique and physical theater. This show seeks to reflect on the emotional sadomasochism of contemporary society’s relationships as a binding link for the circus techniques used. Artistic and Technical Sheet Interpreters: Michael Rosa (Mica Paprika) and Ita Branco Idea: Michael Rosa and Ita Branco Staging: Stefano Bottai Staging Support: Tiago Viegas Light design: João Sofio Music: Ita Branco Prices: to be announced
June 19, 9:30 pm, Grand Auditorium A production by the company Mala Voadora in co-production with the National Theater D. Maria II. In 2017, the company Mala Voadora had the idea that in 2020 it would do OFF. A show about the end. The end of a cycle. The end of our lives, the end of the planet, the end of new ideas, the end of Mala Voadora. The end of everything. An idea that was nothing original. We all know that the end is inevitable, but at the time it was imagined more distant than now. It was thought that there would be time to invent it. The gift stole that time. Thus, OFF will be a show about the end without much imagination. A show that you know how it ends. And as there is nothing to invent, there is all the time to celebrate. Play presented within the scope of the Eunice Ageas Network – project for the dissemination of shows produced and co-produced by the National Theater D. Maria II.