To make a conservative show, make a classic out of ourselves, give birth to a monster, impose an identity, build a greenhouse where we can keep all this and show all this, closed walls, acclimatized room, no danger of getting infected, a thing of our own, plants for others to see. An absolute interior, comfortable, conservative and adequately decorated, a space which is big enough to keep us all inside. Or almost. But what comes after? What happens when it brims over? Are you staying or are you leaving? Do you belong or don’t you belong? Is your palace like mine?
The point of departure for this show emerges from a text by Peter Sloterdijk addressing the ‘cavernous’ allegory of the greenhouse: conservatory is also a synonym in English for greenhouse, a place where we keep what we want to preserve.
If the conservatory is a place where objects and human beings can conserve themselves and survive, distant from all alterations and changes (except for ageing and its natural results), our Conservatory is a place where texts and actors can conserve themselves and survive, distant from all alterations and changes (except for ageing and its natural results). If a conservatory can become an evolved organization, under the form of a public or private establishment, destined to safeguard and promote the teaching of cultural values such as music, dance and theatre, our Conservatory is an organization that allows itself to evolve, under the form of a semi public/semi-private space, destined to safeguard and promote the teaching of Theatre.
The term conservatory is largely used to designate an artificial phenomenon of protection, but it is equally applied to designate a natural spontaneous context that is able to fulfil, without human intervention, a function of preservation – for instance, the isolation of an island during the drift of the continents as being able to create a natural conservatory of living species.
So, Conservatory is also a performance resulting from the natural drift of theatre that tries to create a natural conservatory of the species.
Co-production | Festival Alkantara
With | André e. Teodósio, Cláudia Jardim, Joana Barrios, Patrícia da Silva, Pedro Penim and Simão Cayatte
Light design | Daniel d’Assumpção Worm
Production | Joana Gusmão and Pedro Pires
Support | Espaço do Tempo, DEVIR
Running time | 1h30m (no intermission)