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Tiago Rodrigues

Lisbon / Created in 2017

Sopro - Breath, Tiago Rodrigues, 2017 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


When the theatre is nothing but ruins, when nothing remains of the walls, the desks, the wings, the machines, the sets, someone will still remain: the lungs of the place but also of the dramatic gesture itself, the prompter. The voices, sounds, and music that usually take centre stage now take a step back and the breathing of the theatre itself, this thing no one hears, is for once at the forefront. The guardian of memory and continuity is a woman has spent her whole life in this building where every day people have gathered and played. Tonight, she tells her stories, true or false, all the product of the theatre. She's in full view of the audience, onstage. Tiago Rodrigues takes her and her endangered position out of her box, out of her “house,” and convinces her, who's never had more than the tips of her fingers on the stage, to come whisper a time gone by. Entering through her the soul and conscience of a unique place, he tries to understand how it breathes and adopts its rhythm. In one movement, the actors lend their voices to the whispers of the ghosts the prompter summons. We circle back to a before; before the text, before the voice, in a performance before the performance, when the theatre takes a deep breath.


Text and direction Tiago Rodrigues
Stage design and lights Thomas Walgrave
Sound Pedro Costa
Costumes Aldina Jesus
Assistant director Catarina Rôlo Salgueiro

With Isabel Abreu, Beatriz Brás, Sofia Dias, Vitor Roriz, João Pedro Vaz, Cristina Vidal


Production Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Lisbonne)
Co-production 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, Théâtre Garonne scène européenne (Toulouse), Teatro Viriato (Viseu), Festival Terres de Paroles
With the support of Ambassade du Portugal en France - Centre culturel Camões à Paris, l'Onda

*A production platform supported by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, bringing together the Festival d'Avignon, the Festival de Marseille, the Théâtre Nationale de Nice, the Théâtre National de la Criée, The Theaters and the Friche la Belle de Mai

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