Penélope (a study of Love in a landscape of War)
From the ruins of History arises the death or resurrection of a myth: Penelope. Starting with this legendary woman, I aim to establish a relationship with the memory of the Second World War and focus on its philosophical, artistic, political, social and human consequences in a manner that’s not exclusively documental. I wish to create a performative universe inspired by a myth and a historical event that prompts a new possible perspective. Consequently, I’m more interested in the concepts associated with the selected themes, and creating from them a discourse with apocalyptic characteristics, than I am in establishing a relationship with present time, a kind of state of alert. Penélope (a study of Love in a landscape of War) is a performance-related study into the violence of love and desire in the face of the ignorance of fascism, dictatorships, racism and all forms of bigotry. We will speak of love, liberty, revolution and remember the names of those forgotten, or who disappeared into the landscape of war: people who were often seen by generations of corrupt politics and dictators to be horrendous people, filthy members of society, a minority, the outcast, all those who didn’t respect the country, family, God. God, Country and Family were the three great ideas defended by the dictatorship in Portugal, a dictatorship brought down by a flower revolution.
This project is based on a research process started in Brussels:
first part is a one-to-one solo lasting 12 hours – Manifest (‘to love always to the last consequences and never surrender,’ cried Penelope);
second ‘Trummer’ (reinvention of love in a landscape of catastrophe) on 18 and 19 June 2019 at 20:00, at the KVS Theatre, Brussels.
last part will be the final performance in Portugal: Landschaft (‘your long spear will tear at the lily of my flesh’).
Direction, scenography, choreography, text, dramaturgy, costumes: Tiago Vieira
Performers: Sofia Dinger, Nuno Pinheiro, Paulo Quedas, Miguel Nunes, Marta Caeiro and Tiago Vieira
Agradecimentos: Tânia Guerreiro, Ana Vaz, Ana Libório, Andresa Soares, Lígia Soares, Carmela Naya, Elói Barros, Armazém da Dança/CPBC, Teatro Praga
Supported by Self-Mistake (PI and ORG.I.A)
PI supported by Portuguese Republic - Culture / General Direction of the Arts
ORG.I.A supported by Lisbon City Council