2 h 30’
Sala Fabià Puigserver
In Portuguese with Catalan subtitles
€10 - €29
Hearing assistance via mobile phone
Tiago Rodrigues questions the legitimacy of anti-fascist violence. A production for this era in which the far right is on the rise worldwide.
This is the story of an unusual family: all its members kill fascists. The family tradition dates back over 70 years. They have gathered today to celebrate young Catarina's initiation, involving killing Judge Neto de Moura, a sexist who has been publicly denounced by the feminist movement. But what will Catarina do at the moment of truth?
The Portuguese director Tiago Rodrigues uses the real case of Catarina Eufémia, a peasant woman killed in 1954 while demanding labour rights, whose murder was never tried in court, and who is a symbol of anti-fascist resistance and women's emancipation in Portugal. Through her, Rodrigues asks several questions about violence: can it ever be legitimate? Is the fascism's historical violence against women different from the violence of contemporary sexism? And is there ultimately room for violence in the struggle for a better world?
WHAT THE PRESS SAID
"This Teatro D. MariaII production achieves such a level of excellence that, if some people called it a manifesto, it would be one that sums up the importance of theatre in today’s society. Can theatre release us from our apathy? Can theatre get us thinking about creating a better model of society? We could even argue that these are not ulterior questions but are, in fact, the nature of the very idea behind this work. Tiago Rodrigues, who wrote and directed the play, unleashes critical thinking that only too often we have seen reduced to fake neutrality when confronted with current social contexts and spurs us to react."
intro.pt – Marta Moreira
"Catarina... by Tiago Rodrigues has all the best characteristics of tragedy. It inspires personal sacrifice, it’s dialectic and not didactic, discusses what destiny is best for the collective and is indifferent about what becomes of its heroes. And it’s a timely
reminder of the importance of rituals in forming and maintaining human communities."
Sinais em linha – Rui Pina Coelho
TO LEARN MORE
Le spectacle, contrat imaginaire, by Tiago Rodriguez
Temos medo dos mortos, interview with João Tordo (Anatomia dos Mártires)
Old Europe Is (Not) Dying: Literature, Tradition and Politics in Tiago Rodrigues’ Sopro (and Other Performances), by Rui Pina Coelho
Antonio Afonso Parra
Carolina Passos Sousa
Rui M. Silva
José António Tenente
SOUND AND ORIGINAL MUSIC
VOCAL AND CHOIR ARRANGEMENTS
Sofia Dias i Vítor Roriz
FIGHT AND WEAPONS SUPPORT
David Chan Cordeiro
Margarida Bak Gordon
to English Daniel Hahn
to Frenh Thomas Resendes
Pedro Pestana and Rita Forjaz
Mariana Gomes, Pedro Gil, Rui Pina Coelho y Sara Barros Leitão
This show includes music by Hania Rani (Biesy and Now, Run), Joanna Brouk (The Nymph Rising, Calling the Sailor), Laurel Halo (Rome Theme III and Hyphae) and Rosalia (De Plata)
Teatre Lliure (Barcelona), Wiener Festwochen, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena), ThéâtredelaCité - CDN Toulouse Occitanie & Théâtre Garonne Scène européenne Toulouse, Festival d’Automne à Paris & Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale, Comédie de Caen, Théâtre de Liège, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Le Trident - Scène-nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimarães) y O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo)
Almeida Garrett Wines, Cano Amarelo, Culturgest y Zouri Shoes