Within the scope of its Centenary celebrations, the Teatro Nacional São João promotes an event of multiple-voiced reflection that is also intended as a self-questioning gesture: an international conference in which we will provide an inter pares diagnosis and prognosis for an institution that, though somewhat ancient, remains very much alive. Over three days, we will examine the missions, tensions and transformations of the National Theatres in their endless incarnations, developing and discussing the subject across a variety of languages and geographies. Furthermore, we will try to find ways to foster the immense legacy these institutions have amassed over time – and celebrate their inexhaustible artistic and political potential as collective and collaborative places of creation, representation and participation. Two highlights of this event, which is largely based on the round-table format, will be its opening and closing conferences, respectively by the American theatrologist Marvin Carlson and by the Polish essayist Elzbieta Matynia. Carlson’s field of study is the history of Western theatre: he is the author of several books, namely The Haunted Stage, of which a Portuguese translation (Palco Assombrado) is included in the TNSJ’s Empilhadora collection. Matynia is the founder and director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (New York). In one of her most important books, Performative Democracy, she defines the conditions for performativity in public life.
Teatro Nacional São João | 22 de October fri 19:00
opening address Pedro Sobrado
Opening conference with Marvin Carlson host Fátima Vieira __
Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória | 23 de October sat 10:00 + 15:00
10:00 – Round table 1: Missions. The freedoms and restraints of the “national theatre” institution with Ricardo Pais Claudio Longhi (Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Italy)) Sebastián Blutrach (Teatro Nacional Cervantes, Argentina) Mark O’Brien (Abbey Theatre, Ireland) host Pedro Santos Guerreiro
15:00 – Round table 2: Tensions. Nation as a problem or something new to deal with with Aubrey Sekhabi (South African State Theatre, South Africa) Gábor Tompa (Hungarian Theatre of Cluj/Romania) Fadhel Jaïbi (Théâtre National Tunisien, Tunisia) Carme Portaceli (Teatro Nacional da Catalunha, Spain) host Inês Nadais
Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória | 24 de October sun 10:00 + 13:00
10:00 – Round table 3: Transformations. The national theatres of the future with Anna Bergmann (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Alemanha) Jackie Wylie (National Theatre of Scotland) Michael De Cock (KVS - Bruxelas, Bélgica) host Francisco Frazão
12:30 – Catering
13:30 – Closing conference with Elzbieta Matynia host Maria Sequeira Mendes _
curatorship Inês Nadais project assistance Paula Almeida organisation Teatro Nacional São João
PROGRAM CO-FINANCED BY THE NORTH REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PROGRAM (NORTE 2020), PORTUGAL 2020 AND THE EUROPEAN UNION THROUGH THE EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (FEDER).