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Tiago Rodrigues / Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
CATARINA E A BELEZA DE MATAR FASCISTAS
Theatre
Location: Burgtheater
Language: Portuguese with German and English surtitles
Dates
28. May
Thursday
Time: 7.30pm
 
29. May
Friday
Time: 7.30pm
 
© Francisco de Goya_Senora Sabasa Garcia
  • Q & A

    29 May, following the performance

In Catarina and the beauty of killing fascists, a family kidnaps a judge. In the dilemma that ensues, Catarina Eufémia lends her name to the youngest daughter and key protagonist. The peasant worker murdered by the Salazar dictatorship in 1954 is no invention. Indeed, she became a symbol of the resistance and the battle for justice. The Portuguese judge Joaquim Neto de Moura is likewise no invention. In modernday Portugal he legitimises violence towards women by referencing the Bible. Tiago Rodrigues, author, stage director and artistic director, seeks to tackle this misogynist reality through the use of fiction. In Catarina e a beleza de matar fascistas he reflects on the relationship between the theatre stage and reality, between the ‘play-ful’ and the serious. Is it possible to rehearse life through theatre? Or to test out political action on a theatre stage? A thriller thus unfolds, reduced in its aesthetics and meticulous in its construction. In his sensational production Sopro at the Festwochen in 2019, Rodrigues celebrated the potential of language and memory. This time he sets his sights on the act itself. On violence and the consequences of portraying violence on a theatre stage.

  • Artistic Team

    Text, direction Tiago Rodrigues With António Fonseca, Beatriz Maia, Isabel Abreu, Marco Mendonça, Pedro Gil, Romeu Costa, Rui M. Silva, Sara Barros Leitão Costume José António Tenente Stage F. Ribeiro Lights Nuno Meira

  • Production

    Production Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Lissabon) Coproduction 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, Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište (Zagreb), Comédie de Caen, Théâtre de Liège, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Le Trident - Scène-nationale de Cherbourg, Teatre Lliure (Barcelona), Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimarães), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo)

    Premiere May 2020, Wiener Festwochen

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