THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING AGUSTINA BESSA-LUÍS
The choice of going from one author (de Beauvoir) to another (Bessa-Luís) as a source of inspiration for my work is nothing but innocent or random. It is due to the fact that both authors wrote about the feminine condition in the context of a severely patriarchal society, and also for their timeless stories in which they addressed, in very different ways, the pragmatic search for who we are.
For this performance, therefore, I took a quest for the deep roots of what it means to be Portuguese, through Bessa-Luís’ oeuvre, as a starting point; and I explored it through the depiction she made of characters in permanent conflict with the society they live in.
Director, Writer and Performer: M̶i̶g̶u̶e̶l̶ Bonneville. Co-Writers and Performers: Diogo Bento and Tiago Vieira. Voice: Paula Sá Nogueira. Original Soundtrack: Yaw Tembe. Sound Design: BlackBambi. Costume Design: Mariana Sá Nogueira. Light Design: Nuno Patinho. Drawings: Bárbara Assis Pacheco. Dramaturgic Support: Lourença Baldaque, João Manuel de Oliveira, Maria Paula Meneses, Isabela Figueiredo. Photography and Video: Joana Linda. Press: Margarida Oliveira. Executive Production: Cristina Correia. Co-Production: Festival Temps d’Images. Artistic Residencies: Alkantara, Latoaria, Rua das Gaivotas 6 and Teatro do Vestido. Informal Presentation: Centro Cultural do Cartaxo. This project was financed by Direcção Geral das Artes.
8th - 10th of January 2016, Teatro Taborda, Festival Temps d'Images, Lisbon, Portugal