© Filipe Ferreira
February 13 – 14, 2020
Duration: 105’ Performance in Portuguese with Italian surtitles.
Triennale Milano presents, for the first time in Milan, Sopro, performance by one of the great directors of the new international scene. The theatre is in ruins: an abandoned place, it is inhabited by ghosts and invaded by wilderness. Yet one person remains: the prompter, a figure who is never seen on stage but who holds the memories of the theatre’s past and, from a hole or from behind the wings, blows life onto the stage. Tonight, she tells her stories, true or false, of her theatre. She’s in full view of the audience, on stage. Tiago Rodrigues takes her out of her hiding place and persuades her to come and whisper a time gone by. She stands behind the actors, the script in her hands, and prompts their lines. In one movement, the actors lend their voices to the ghosts the prompter summons. Both emotional and witty, Sopro (blow) is a homage to theatre and to those who make it happen.
Tiago Rodrigues is the artistic director of Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon since 2015. He is an actor, playwright and director whose subversive and poetic theatre has made him one of Portugal’s leading artists. After working with the Belgian company tg STAN, in 2003 he creates, with Magda Bizarro, the company Mundo Perfeito. Conceived through collective processes, the work of the company (more than 30 plays created between 2003 and 2014) is produced by renowned platforms such as the Alkantara Festival, Kunstenfestivaldesarts or Festival d’Automne à Paris and tours in countries such as Portugal, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands Norway, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America. Rodrigues also collaborates with artists from Belgium, Lebanon, the Netherlands and Brazil, teaching for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's contemporary dance school PARTS, Brussels, and curating community art projects. In 2018, he was awarded the XV Europe Prize Theatrical Realities. Deeply rooted in a collaborative theatre tradition, his recent works manipulate documents with theatrical tools, challenging our perception of social or historical phenomena.
By: Tiago Rodrigues With: Beatriz Maia, Cristina Vidal, Isabel Abreu, Marco Mendonça, Romeu Costa, Sara Barros Leitão Original cast: Beatriz Brás, Cristina Vidal, Isabel Abreu, João Pedro Vaz, Sofia Dias, Vítor Roriz Stage design and lights: Thomas Walgrave Costumes: Aldina Jesus Sound: Pedro Costa Direction assistant: Catarina Rôlo Salgueiro Light operation: Daniel Varela Executive production: Rita Forjaz Production assistant: Joana Costa Santos Produced by: Teatro Nacional D. Maria II Co-produced by: ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Bastille, La Criée Théâtre national de Marseille, Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Festival Terres de Paroles Seine-Maritime – Normandie, Théâtre Garonne scène européenne, Teatro Viriato Supported by: Onda
Thursday, February 13 2020, 8.00pm
Friday, February 14 2020, 8.00pm
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