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.
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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