Teatro Carlos Alberto

Estética, Resistência e Melancolia

by Rui Pina Coelho
with excerpts from A Estética da Resistência by
Peter Weiss*


Teatro Experimental do Porto

Estética, Resistência e Melancolia


The novelist and playwright Peter Weiss is the author of one of the most seminal works of German literature, The Aesthetics of Resistance (1975-81), an iconic novel for the European left-wing movements. Rui Pina Coelho draws freely from that book to create Est√©tica, Resist√™ncia e Melancolia, performed by the Teatro Experimental do Porto company and directed by Gon√ßalo Amorim. Weiss describes the initiation itinerary of three young German Communist working-class men, from 1937 to the beginning of World War 2, through their meetings in museums and art galleries. Their musings on painting, sculpture and literature are a form of opposition to the Nazi regime and a search for affinities between political resistance and art. Everything begins with an absence: while looking at the frieze in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, the young men notice that the god Heracles is missing and start imagining a human replacement for him, a herald of the oppressed and exploited, to whom Rui Pina Coelho lends a voice: ‚ÄúI have become used to thinking that artistic creation devoid of truth has little reason to exist.‚ÄĚ This show brings that search for meaning to the present day, in the form of a litany about art and politics, truth and camaraderie.


by Rui Pina Coelho
with excerpts from A Estética da Resistência by Peter Weiss*

directed by Gonçalo Amorim

costumes and set design Catarina Barros lighting design Cárin Geada original music Pedro João sound design and operation João André Lourenço

direction assistance and production Patrícia Gonçalves

cast Eduardo Breda, Gonçalo Amorim, Isabel Costa, João Miguel Mota, Joana Magalhães, Pedro Moldão

co-produced by Teatro Experimental do Porto, Teatro Nacional S√£o Jo√£o

playing time 2:30 with intermission Ages 12 and up

Representation rights Suhrkamp Verlag AG Berlin

Post-Show Talk With Luís Mestre | 1 APR