Ricardo Pais’ Pessoan ship will return to its home port on the TNSJ’s Centenary Day, having in the meantime visited such destinations as the Comédie de Reims, São Paulo’s Teatro Paulo Autran and Madrid’s Teatro Español, among other more or less exotic parts. A quintessential stage creation of the man who once directed our Theatre and defined its artistic personality, Turismo Infinito [Infinite Tourism] is one of the TNSJ’s most epoch-making productions, and certainly one of the happiest events to mark the 100th birthday of the building designed by the architect Marques da Silva. A dazzling theatrical incursion into the manifold writings of Fernando Pessoa, the show created by Ricardo Pais and António M. Feijó brings to the stage the bookkeeper Bernardo Soares and his visionary disquiet in Douradores Street; the turbulence of Álvaro de Campos, the naval engineer who found himself out of a job “once India was discovered”; the symbolist Pessoa of poetic intersections, but also the melancholic voice of “Un Soir à Lima”, as well as the other Fernando who exchanged letters with Ofélia Queirós; Maria José, the hunchback girl who loves a locksmith with all her soul; and bucolic Caeiro, the “master of all those who are worthy of a master”.
directed by Ricardo Pais
with the collaboration of Nuno M Cardoso
set design Manuel Aires Mateus costumes Bernardo Monteiro lighting design Nuno Meira sound design Francisco Leal voice and elocution João Henriques
cast João Reis, Emília Silvestre, Pedro Almendra, José Eduardo Silva, Luís Araújo
produced by Teatro Nacional São João
opening 7Dec2007 TNSJ (Porto) playing time 1:30 Ages 12 and up