19Is there such a thing as a European Identity? Does the old continent have a past as well as its age? Does this past bind or separate? Can we understand each other if we speak thirty-five different languages? The “two-man show” staged by Teatro Praga, one of Portugal’s most exciting experimental theatres, looks at these questions and instead of answering them, confronts the audience with more questions. To pin down Europeanness they chose the biggest kitsch parade of the common cause, the Eurovision Song Contest, where the representatives of peoples with different cultures, languages, ways of life and standards of living join in a parade of uniform tastelessness. Teatro Praga created a spectacular and ironic performance that, in keeping with its subject, is multilingual and uses many elements drawn from other branches of the arts.
The borders are finally opened, and a construction of a narrative is trying to be held with the old continent as a starting point, a long and diced contest where only the best (of the best) wins.
Co-creation and text | Pedro Penim, André e. Teodósio and Martim Pedroso
Cast | Pedro Penim and André e. Teodósio
Light design | Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
Production | Pedro Pires, Elizabete Fragoso, Cristina Correia
Collaboration | Rogério Nuno Costa
Co-production | ZDB / Transforma AC
Support | Instituto Camões
Photography | Ângelo Fernandes, Lab8
Running time | 60 min