António e Cleópatra, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

Antony and Cleopatra
Presented in Portuguese, French, and English
March 22-October 15, 2016

“If we say one of the names, the other follows it. Our memory cannot evoke one without the other. Plutarch wrote that, from them on, love became the ability to see the world through the sensibility of someone else’s soul.

They mixed love and politics and came up with a politics of love. They are a historical love story. They are a romance based on real events often romanticized about. Shakespeare built them a verbal monument that turned into the truest of truths what never happened to them. In Mankiewicz’s film that led 20th Century Fox to bankruptcy, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were the celluloid and real couple they never – and always – were.

In this show written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues, Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz are the here-and-now duo of what they were there-and-then. They are and are not Antony and Cleopatra. They are Antony seeing the world through Cleopatra’s eyes. And vice-versa. Always vice-versa. Vice-versa as a rule of love. Vice-versa as a rule of theatre. This show is seeing the world vicariously, through the sensibility of the souls of Antony and Cleopatra.” (from the company programme)

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
After an Original Production by Mundo Perfeito
A Co-Production with: Centro Cultural de Belém, Centro Cultural Vila Flôr, Temps d'Images
Written and Directed by Tiago Rodrigues

Cleopatra: Sofia Dias
Anthony: Vitor Roriz

Set: Ângela Rocha
Costumes: Ângela Rocha, Magda Bizarro
Light Design: Nuno Meira
Music: excerpts from the soundtrack of the movie "Cleopatra" (1963), composed by Alex North
Artistic Collaboration: Maria João Serrão, Thomas Walgrave
Set Construction: Decor Galamba
English Translation: Joana Frazão
Executive Production on the Original Creation: Magda Bizarro, Rita Mendes
Artistic Residence: Teatro do Campo Alegre, Teatro Nacional de São João, alkantara
Thanks to: Ana Mónica, Ângelo Rocha, Carlos Mendonça, Luísa Taveira, Manuela Santos, Rui Carvalho Homem, Salvador Santos, Toninho Neto, Bomba Suicida

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Funding and Support: Museu de Marinha

Tour Dates and Locations:
Opening Performance: December 4-8, 2014. Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa (PT)

2015 Tour:
June 6, 2015, PT.15, O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-O-Novo (PT) - in English
June 13, 2015, Centro Cultural Vila Flôr, Guimarães (PT)
July 3-4, 2015, Festival Theaterformen, Hannover (DE)
July 12-18, 2015, Festival d’Avignon, Avignon (FR)

March 22-25, 2016, Humain trop humain CDN, Montpellier (FR) – premiere of the French version
April 15-16, 2016, HAU 3, Hebbel am Uffer, Berlin (DE) - in English
April 23, 2016, Festival Terres de Paroles (FR) - in French
July 15-17, 2016, Teatro Municipal São Luiz, Lisboa (PT)
September 14-October 8, 2016, Thêátre de la Bastille, Paris (FR) - in French
October 13-15, 2016, Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE) - in English