A disaster performance.
Padam Padam is probably a show inspired by the disaster cinema and was interested in recalling the year zero. It is also a show dedicated to the animals. And the storms. A show that is considering how it will be. How can it be. To find new diseases because after all, if a person where the different bacteria and viruses multiply is feeling bad, on the other hand the mentioned bacteria and viruses feel remarkably well.
Let us begin by the middle: Padam Padam is a disaster performance. We stole the name from films that fantasize with the end of the world or visit the monster or the alien invasion. We have supported us in a hypothetical structure, cinematic ghosts of arguments, but let’s not go beyond five people seated in a tiny space where they are exposed to the elements and experience ideas such as family or community, the words and names but also some love, utopias and travel.
To help “written press”, we could say that we tell of a sunny day when a family decides to leave for the weekend. A restless and inconsistent family. And as the day progresses, the dark clouds approaching, the stroms release and there are meteorites colliding with the structures on the planet. The survivors, the family left in the morning, they are wandering in the wilderness of ruins and corpses. Looking for some old routines, others betting on new ideas.
Padam Padam is a show dedicated to the animals. A show that is considering how it will be. How can it be. . To find new diseases because after all, if a person where the different bacteria and viruses multiply is feeling bad, on the other hand the mentioned bacteria and viruses feel remarkably well.
A show by Teatro Praga
Text | José Maria Vieira Mendes
Cast | Cláudia Jardim, Diogo Bento, Marcello Urgeghe, Patrícia da Silva and Pedro Penim
Narrator | Luis Miguel Cintra
Collaboration | Vasco Araújo
Light design and technical direction | Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
Video | André Godinho
Graphic image (Poster) | Mulher Bala
Waltz teacher | Paula Fonseca
Production | Cristina Correia, Joana Gusmão and Pedro Pires
Set design assistance | João Gonçalves
Assembly team | PréForma
Co-production | Centro Cultural de Belém, Próspero, Teatro Praga
Associated structures | Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes, France), Théâtre de la Place (Liège, Belgium), Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena, Italy); Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin, Germany), University of Tampere (Tampere, Finland)
Sponsors | Teatro Viriato, O Espaço do Tempo
Running Time | 1h30m (no intermission)