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    — Sombras

    “Sombras” is built in a sort of unusual scenic landscape, full of unexpected and contrasting events. It is a multidisciplinary show, decidedly set against the habits  of the “merger” or “world music”. Fado is about a suffering heart and Fandango is about a kind of euphoric ride.     

    Ricardo Pais 

    Teatro Nacional de São João

    Portugal, Brazil, France

    2010 — 2011


    My daughter, my daughter, my
    daughter! … I am … you  are… lost and
    dishonoured… infamous! Oh!
    my daughter, my daughter!…



    Hold your peace, D. Madalena!
    The mercy of God is infinite. Wait. I doubt,
    I do not believe … these are not things to believe
    in lightly. Oh! Divine inspiration … You are well aware of thatman, Romeiro, is it not?



    Like myself.



    If you will see him … though in other
    clothes … with fewer years, painted, let’s say,
    would you recognise him?



    As if I would see myself in a mirror.



    Find these pictures and tell me if
    any of them he may be.



    That’s the one.



    My daughter, my daughter, my
    daughter! … I am … you are… lost and dishonoured …infamous! Oh!
    my daughter, my daughter …



    Romeiro, Romeiro, who are you?



    No one!



    Almeida Garrett – Frei Luís de Sousa  (adapted)

    Title: Shadows. Our sadness is an immense joy. 

    Author: Ricardo Pais. Video Videos: Fabio Iaquone, Luca Attilii. Original music and musical direction: Mário Laginha. Choreography: Paulo Ribeiro. Stage Design scenography: Nuno Lacerda Lopes. Costumes Design: Bernardo Monteiro. Lighting Design: Rui Simão. Sound Design: Francisco Leal. Voice and elocution: João Henriques. Musical Consultant (fados): Diogo Clemente. Script and staging: Ricardo Pais. Staging assistance: Manuel Tur.

    Interpretation: José Manuel Barreto, Raquel Tavares, fado singers; Emília Silvestre, Pedro Almendra, Pedro Frias, actors; Carla Ribeiro, Francisco Rousseau, Mário Franco, dancers; Mário Laginha (piano). Carlos Piçarra Alves, (clarinet clarinet). Mário Franco (double bass). Miguel Amaral (portuguese guitar). Paulo Faria de Carvalho, Diogo Clemente (guitar). Albano Jerónimo, António Durães, João Reis and Teresa Madruga* (special participation in video’s special appearance).

    Production: Teatro Nacional de São João. Coproduction: Vila Flor Cultural Centre, Viriato Theatre, São Luiz Municipal Theatre. Collaboration: OPART.

    Tour: Teatro Nacional São João, Porto, 18-28 November 2010. Vila Flor Cultural Centre, Guimarães, 4 December 2010. Viriato Theatre, Viseu, 13-15 January 2011. Municipal Theatre São Luiz, Lisbon, 28-30 January 2011. Teatro Aveirense, Aveiro, February 19, 2011. Teatro Municipal de Portimão, 26 February 2011. Teatro Micaelense, Azores, March 19, 2011. Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, 11-12 April 2011. Brazil (São Paulo/Santos/ Belo Horizonte) June/July 2011.

    Technical Information TNSJ: Production coordination: Maria João Teixeira. Production Assistance: Eunice Basto, Maria do Céu Soares, Mónica Rocha. Technical direction: Carlos Miguel Chaves. Stage Direction: Rui Simão. Stage Direction: Pedro Guimarães. Stage Design: Teresa Grácio (Coordination); Josué Maia (Construction). Wardrobe and props: Elisabete Leão (Coordination); Teresa Batista (Assistance); Celeste Marinho (Master dressmaker); Adelaide Marinho, Esperança Sousa, Nazaré Fernandes, Maria Alice Vale, Virgínia Pereira (Seamstresses); Isabel Pereira (Wardrobe props); Dora Pereira, Guilherme Monteiro (Props); Ana Novais (Material research). Luz Light: Filipe Pinheiro (Coordination); José Carlos Cunha, José Rodrigues. Maquinaria Machinery: Filipe Silva (Coordination); Joaquim Marques, Paulo Ferreira. Sound: Francisco Leal (Coordination); Joel Azevedo, Nuno Correia. Video: Fernando Costa. Make-up Make-up: Marla Santos. Photography: João Tuna.

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