Teatro Praga

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Spring Awakening, Frank Wedekind’s well known play written in 1891, deals with a group of adolescents in conflict with a conservative and moralistic society. Wedekind ‘s text ends with a conversation in a cemetery next to the grave of Wendla Bergmann, a 13 year old girl who died of a miscarriage suggested by her mother. Her lover, Melchior Gabor, receives a visit from his best friend, Moritz Stiefel, who committed suicide and now carries his head under his arm. Moritz killed himself because he failed his year at school and he was not able to reveal it to his parents. He comes to offer his hand to Melchior and invite him to die together. But Melchior accepts the hand of someone else, the "The Masked Man", a springlike figure who prevents an additional tragic death.
This final scene contains the main issues of Wedekind’s play. The cruelty and love among pairs, the generation conflict, suicide, despair, are some of the main themes chosen by the interpretative tradition of this text.
By invitation of Centro Cultural de Belém, Teatro Praga returns, after some years, to a classic of dramatic literature in order to inscribe, in a text and on the theatrical canon, those who are excluded by a so called representative theatre.
We intend to work the lyrical expressionism of a shapeless adolescence, with its own language that tries to get away from a logic that divides reality in cynical and sincere or poetic and rational. Our approach will try to look beyond dualisms and build a reality that tackles invisibility and puts one in contact with a certain strangeness.
Spring Awakening will be occupied by a puberty that deceits “nature”, that refuses the subjection of one body to another, the construction of identities, and takes hold of an emancipatory rite that tries to defy all traditional standardizations. A place where it is required for several languages to coexist, where references are lost and reconstructed, where despair is life and suicide means victory. It is a performance that follows a demand of a humanity to be invented.
TEXT Frank Wedekind TRANSLATION José Maria Vieira Mendes WITH André e. Teodósio, Cláudia Jardim, Cláudio Fernandes, Diogo Bento, Odete, João Abreu, Mafalda Banquart, Óscar Silva, Patrícia da Silva, Pedro Zegre Penim, Rafaela Jacinto, Sara Leite e Xana Novais LIGHT DESIGN Daniel Worm D’Assumpção SOUND DESIGN Miguel Lucas Mendes TECHNICAL OPERATION Nuno Correia SCENOGRAPHY Bárbara Falcão Fernandes COSTUMES Joana Barrios SEAMSTRESS Rosário Balbi PRODUCTION Bruno Reis EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION Bernardo de Lacerda COPRODUCTION Teatro Praga, Centro Cultural de Belém, Teatro Nacional São João e Teatro Viriato ARTISTIC RESIDENCE 23 Milhas - Casa Cultura Ílhavo
Teatro Praga has the Financial Support of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture - Direção-Geral das Artes
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