Língua [Language] inaugurates a new cycle, in which the Estrutura company returns to a territory that is strongly rooted in the concept of self-reflectivity, exploring the creative act as content and opening it to manifold questionings. This show uses Portuguese Sign language as its main means of communication, thus placing this language, which is usually fated to inhabit a dark corner of the stage. Here, the voice and text do not take pride of place: gestures speak louder than the vocal cords. Cátia Pinheiro and José Nunes bring into question the power and privilege relationships that characterise the current theatrical protocols. Língua is an attempt at combating “phonocentrism”, which perpetuates violent relationships, by insisting on forcing everyone to speak in the same way. Both in and out of the theatre.
conceived by Cátia Pinheiro & José Nunes + Diogo Bento text Diogo Bento, José Nunes
lighting design Daniel Worm d’Assumpção, Pedro Nabais set design Cátia Pinheiro sound design Vasco Rodrigues video Vasco Mendes costumes Jordann Santos Portuguese Sign Language training Ana Bela Baltazar, Joana Cottim executive production Ana Lopes
cast Cláudia Braga, Diogo Bento, Joana Cottim, Mariana Magalhães, Tiago Jácome
co-produced by Estrutura, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Teatro Nacional São João support 23 Milhas
playing time 1:10 Ages 12 and up