Many cities or countries have a distinct malaise. They are places that could be Portugal, so sunk in a painful Saudade of the past, and where every tension of the present is only the tip of an iceberg that is explained in successive retreats that can go to the origin of the species. This nostalgia is often presented as a diagnosis, a denial of a painful present opposed to the desire to return to a glorious past:
→ The city of Istanbul often plunges into a state the Turks call Üzün: a kind of acute, collective melancholy that comes with rain and the cold wind coming from the East and devouring everything.
→ The heart of Trieste stopped beating in 1914 when the bodies of the archdukes of the Austro- Hungarian Empire were transported there after they were murdered in Sarajevo. Since then the port city has been renamed Tristesse and dragged into a dying limb.
→ Wales means “the place of Others”. This was the name given by the invaders when the country became the first colony of the British Empire in 1285. Since then Wales has been thrown to the margins of History and the Welshmen experience a deep and familiar incompleteness, a disease that misses a home to which one can not return. A house, a person or a story that may have never existed.
→ Lana Del Rey has defined a map of Los Angeles hurt and discolored by the sun, through her ghostly and tragically romantic voice. This Summertime Sadness coined by the songstress serves the city in all seasons, but exudes a melancholy remembrance of the past that beach and surf weather accentuates.
Text, artistic direction and performance | Pedro Penim
With | Bernardo de Lacerda, Frederico Serpa and Pedro Penim
Light design | Rui Monteiro
Production | Teatro Praga / Andreia Carneiro
General assistance and executive production | Bernardo de Lacerda
Production assistance | Alexandra Baião
Video | Jorge Jácome
Photography | Alípio Padilha
Running time | 50 min