Beaux messieurs, belles dames: musique au programme / Chanteurs, à vos gammes, que le meilleur gagne / Les frontières sont ouvertes / Que déclarer si ce soir c’est la fête?
Is there such a thing as a European Identity? Can we understand each other if we speak so many different languages? This “two-man show” looks at these questions and instead of answering them, confronts the audience with more questions, in an ironic performance that, in keeping with its subject, is multilingual and uses many elements drawn from different artistic areas. To pin down Europeanness they chose as inspiration the biggest kitsch event of the common cause, the Eurovision Song Contest, where the representatives of different nations with different cultures, languages, ways of life and standards of living join in a parade of uniform tastelessness.
Europe starts with the birth of its ordinary languages and with the reaction, often alarmed, towards the eruption of the mentioned languages, start the critical culture of Europe, provoking the fragmentation drama of languages and starts to reflect about its own destiny of Multilanguage civilization. Suffering the effects of fragmentation, Europe tries to come up with a solution: looks backwards and tries to find again the Adamic language, and looks forward focusing on the construction of a language of reason as perfect as Adam’s language.
Searching for the perfect language
Text | Pedro Penim
Creation and Interpretation | Pedro Penim and André e. Teodósio
Light design | Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
Production | Pedro Pires, Elizabete Fragoso, Cristina Correia (Teatro Praga)
Inicial version in collaboration with | Rogério Nuno Costa and Martim Pedroso
Co-production | ZDB / Transforma AC
Photography | Ângelo Fernandes, Lab8
Running time | 60 min