Written and Directed by Tiago Rodrigues
A production by TEATRO NACIONAL D. Maria II
When the theatre is nothing but ruins, when nothing remains of the walls, the desks, the wings, the machines, the sets, someone will still remain: the lungs of the place but also of the dramatic gesture itself, the prompter. The voices, sounds, and music that usually take centre stage now take a step back and the breathing of the theatre itself, this thing no one hears, is for once at the forefront.
The guardian of memory and continuity is a woman has spent her whole life in this building where every day people have gathered and played. Tonight, she tells her stories, true or false, all the product of the theatre. She's in full view of the audience, onstage. Tiago Rodrigues takes her and her endangered position out of her box, out of her “house,” and convinces her, who's never had more than the tips of her fingers on the stage, to come whisper a time gone by. Entering through her the soul and conscience of a unique place, he tries to understand how it breathes and adopts its rhythm. In one movement, the actors lend their voices to the whispers of the ghosts the prompter summons.
We circle back to a before; before the text, before the voice, in a performance before the performance, when the theatre takes a deep breath.
“Sopro is an immense crush, a perfect show from one end to the other, that knows how to have melancholy dance with humor, and joy with acting, on Nina Simone’s “Wild is the Wind” hummed melody. Tiago Rodrigues makes emotion blow over without effusion, beauty without ease. The winner here is theater, in a minimal shape that sublimates this little lady all dressed in black, whom had absolutely no desire to climb upstage. But who could say no to Tiago? No one." - Amelie Blaustein Niddam