Teatro Carlos Alberto

Rei √Čdipo

based upon the tragedy by Sófocles
created and directed by SillySeason (Cátia Tomé, Ivo Saraiva and Silva, Ricardo Teixeira)

Rei √Čdipo

Description

In its production of Rei √Čdipo [Oedipus Rex], the SillySeason company uses the ‚Äúwestern canon‚ÄĚ of Sophocles‚Äô Oedipal myth to build a bridge to contemporaneity. The present time is reinterpreted and rewritten through the exploration of several stages of recognition and its attendant ethical pathos. According to Harold Bloom, Oedipus is afflicted with a Hamlet complex, a pathology that consists in ‚Äúthinking not too much but much too well‚ÄĚ, acting as a sort of symbol for the distorted reality in which we live. Nowadays, thinking too well (i.e. rationally) has become an impossible task, due to both the overriding dystopia and the lack of tools that might filter the information we receive. In Rei √Čdipo, the myth appears ‚Äď as a symbol of impossible judgement ‚Äď immersed in twisted rhetoric, futurology, demagogy and mysticism, and factual truth cannot be known. SillySeason states: ‚ÄúThis will be our tragedy.‚ÄĚ

Credits

based upon the tragedy by Sófocles created and directed by SillySeason (Cátia Tomé, Ivo Saraiva and Silva, Ricardo Teixeira)

scenography SillySeason costumes and props SillySeason, Inês Ariana support for sound space Ricardo Remédio lighting design Manuel Abrantes movement support Rodrigo Teixeira video operation Inês Paour camera operators Mariana Guarda, Ricardo Machado production Inês Pinto

cast Cátia Tomé, Ivo Saraiva e Silva, Mónica Calle, Rafael Carvalho, Ricardo Teixeira, Vítor Silva Costa

co-produced by SillySeason, Centro Cultural de Belém, Theatro Circo, Teatro Municipal da Guarda, Teatro Diogo Bernardes, Teatro Nacional São João supports Companhia Olga Roriz, Cão Solteiro . Residências 120, Teatro do Eléctrico, Rua das Gaivotas 6

opening 17 Feb 2023 Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon) playing time 1:30 Ages 16 and up


Post-show talk 24 Mar