I am neither tall nor small, I am neither a man nor a woman, I am neither young nor old, I am neither fat nor thin, I am neither smart nor stupid, I am neither white nor dark skinned, I am neither apt or inapt, I am a flow of energy that tramples turbinated urban tanks in a conceptual deflation, even when I am just going out to buy some bread.
Teatro Praga’s performance opens the spectrum by undoing generic distinction and demanding a singular, day to day and always mutable ontology, which is ready for multiple and unpredictable relations. Beyond generalizations and overall explanations, beyond a definition of human as a taxonomy that validates and gives existence, in this performance life is no longer conferred by a word or norm but through the use of a context, a place: JÂNGAL.
We are no longer living the time of ideological creation as the big global narrative, but a time of transaesthetical proliferation of fluid identities in performativity. We inhabit the possibility of creating new fictions and ontologies that remodel a reality, which is becoming a “live performance” in a fiction that appears to be real.
In the word “jungle” the semantic of the shelter for the excluded is also present, a place of bewildering complexity or brutal competitiveness with its own laws (Calais, for instance), but in this atmosphere Teatro Praga will try to create the trendsetting of the unimaginable, new ontologies that no longer reflect the world nor mimic it, but instead try to speculate on it. The poles of the urban jungle are indispensible in order to permit a detraditionalized and denaturalized distance. Cultures that were once detours in a process are currently dragging bodies into precarious zones. That is why one should enter in a terrain to be nurtured.
JÂNGAL is the disenchantment of the world beyond the concrete jungle and the biological jungle, the one that survives in the state of a thematic park au naturel. In its space we will find unicorns in golden mountains, overflown by pegasi hovering in square circles, while Ulysses disembarks in a Lisbon populated by mermaids and the king of France attacks the blue. Triangles, sentences, pyramids made of cake, books with no pages and ladders with no steps inhabit JÂNGAL, a theatre that undoes bodies, dilutes ontologies and invents freedom.
A performance by Teatro Praga (André e. Teodósio, Cláudia Jardim, José Maria Vieira Mendes e Pedro Penim)
With | André e. Teodósio, Cláudia Jardim, Jenny Larue, Joana Barrios, João Abreu and a Participation of a portuguese singer | Gisela João
Scenography | Bruno Bogarim
Costumes | Joana Barrios
Music | Violet
Light Design | Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
Sound Design | Miguel Lucas Mendes
Photography | Alípio Padilha
Video | André Godinho
Producer | Andreia Carneiro
Producer Assistant | Alexandra Baião
Coproduction | São Luiz Teatro Municipal / Thêatre de la Ville / Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli.Campo Alegre / 23 Milhas – Centro Cultural de Ílhavo