THEATRE | Caucasian Chalk Circle
B. Brecht | First performance at the Conservatorio Musica Jobra Studio Theatre | Final Production of the 3rd Year Drama Course of Conservatorio Musica da Jobra > Andreia Martins, Bernardo Ribeiro, Carla Leal, Carolina Telha, Cristiana Simoes, Ines Monteiro, Joana Almeida, Marcelo Vieira, Marcio Ferreira, Patricia Santiago, Pedro Barbosa, Tatiana Pereira, Vania Semedo and Vasco Araujo | Designers > Marcelo Vieira, Bernardo Ribeiro, Joana Almeida | Lighting > Vasco Araujo | Puppeteer > Marcio Ferreira | Albergaria PTG | 2015
(Translation from Portuguese)
Songs of resistance
Men that sleep
rocking the pain
of the evil silence
come in the calling
of the virile souls
plucking the flower
that in the root sleeps
(Jose Gomes Ferreira – political activist, resistant to Salazar’s dictatorship)
Theatre (just like a song) has the power to be not only entertainment. Theatre has the power to shape opinions and make us think in the world that surrounds us.
We live in the society that we deserve, the one that we create and the one we can also destroy. We can only blame ourselves if we don’t like it.
Bertolt Brecht wanted to make a clear distinction between the “realist/romantic” theatre and his “epic theatre”. He wanted to distantiate the spectator through the way his plays were presented (e.g. non naturalistic acting, showing the mechanics of the stage, use of the song, narrators, among many others). And why did he wanted to distantiate the spectators? – If the spectator doesn’t engage emotionally with what is happening on stage, they can be objective, critical observers – questioning their own political options and actions in society.
This “style” of theatre adapts itself to different realities and times. We are certain that a slap on the face from a friend is always revelling, making us think in the world we live in, and challenging our own conclusions of what we take for granted.
The things we take care belong to us by right…
(Even if it’s a person, a state of mind or a life style..)