EM NOME DA TERRA (IN THE NAME OF THE LAND)

FROM THE NOVEL BY VERGÍLIO FERREIRA

How do we reflect the situation of todays’ Europe and the role that several countries have in this authentic chess game – the international economic and financial policies? We wanted to associate each character to a flag and, consequently, a country.

The show was directed by Miguel Jesus, a member of O Bando’s board and part of the team for about 10 years. For the latter years he has been directing or co-directing (with João Brites) several of O Bando’s shows.

Travelling along Vergilio Ferreira’s homonymous novel, the actors debate the balancing difficulties before time’s inexorability, galloping over bodies covered with an evil emotional nudity: old age. A show with a strong visual impact, happening outside, where the memories scattered into falling objects and images, sliding on an inclined plane towards the void and outside ourselves.

Em Nome da Terra is a story of love and disintegration. “We are naked from the beginning, with no prior shame. A primitive nudity that we won’t know. Then we will dive on the river’s water. And we will gaze at the clear sky and with no stars. I will lower myself and with cupped fingers. I’ll carry water in my hands. And I will say for all future history: I baptise you in the name of the Land, the stars, and perfection. And you will say: It’s time!”

Dramaturgy/Direction: Miguel Jesus With Rui M. Silva, Ana Lúcia Plaminha, Rita Brito, João Neca
Scenography: Rui Francisco
Support to Scenography: Fátima Santos Music Jorge Salgueiro
Costumes: Clara Bento

Light design: João Cachulo, Guilherme Noronha