How many stories are contained in the history of the Teatro São João? How many objects, sounds, pictures and words do we need to tell them? And can a single stage set contain and tell them all? If “nothing has really happened until it has been described”, as Virginia Woolf tells us, 10 Atos 100 Anos [10 Acts 100 Years], the exhibition that brings to a close our Centenary celebrations provides abundant proof of life for a building and its manifold uses. The Grand Hall, a place of festivity and protocol, hosts a memory container in the form of an undulating wall. Across its folds – evocative of stage curtains, as well as of the winding paths of remembrance – parade 10 major moments in the 100 years of this national monument. From the fire that destroyed the “old” Real Teatro to the “new” São João by architect Marques da Silva, from the São João Cine to the purchase of the edifice by the Portuguese State, from its renovation by architect João Carreira to Ricardo Pais’ “invention” of a National Theatre. Audio and video interviews, architectural plans, posters, costumes, stage photographs, films, chair 22, box 8. Material and experiential vestiges of a Theatre we all thought we knew. Tell us how it was; we have a huge past in front of us.
Teatro São João | Salão Nobre 22 October 2021 – 27 March 2022 wed-sat 14:00-19:00 sun 14:00-17:00
curatorship Gabriella Casella
design Francisco Providência historical research and interviews Maria João Pereira documental support Paula Braga
executive producer Catarina Providência
organization Teatro Nacional São João
Museu Nacional do Teatro e da Dança
support Fundação Marques da Silva, Câmara Municipal do Porto. Arquivo Histórico, Fundação Casa da Música
PROGRAM CO-FINANCED BY THE NORTH REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PROGRAM (NORTE 2020), PORTUGAL 2020 AND THE EUROPEAN UNION THROUGH THE EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (FEDER).