Teatro Praga (Portugal) will première its most recent performance ZULULUZU on May 19th and 20th in Istanbul (Turkey) at Cevahir Sahnesi within the programme of ÍKSV – Ístanbul Tiyatro Festivali. Following is the debut in Paris (France) at Théâtre des Abbesses, from May 31st to June 4th within Chantiers d’Europe, promoted by Théâtre de la Ville, a programme Teatro Praga will take part on for the 4th year on the row.
ZULULUZU uses an imagery inspired by a somewhat obscure chapter of the life of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal’s leading literary figure, mostly renowned with “The Book of Disquiet”: his arrival as a young man in Durban, South Africa in 1896 where he spent the first years of his life.
“ZULULUZU is a neologism that intends to connect two common places: an idea of Portugal (Luzu) and one of South Africa (Zulu). Teatro Praga takes advantage of the cooperation between two cultural clichés to attack a cliché of the theatrical institution: the black box.
ZULULUZU announces the end of the “apartheid” of ideas, genres and forms – a strange declaration of queerism, a manifesto in favour of an immaterial object, a performance that does not rest in anyone’s memory and where the exoticism gives way to an endoticism.”
[excerpt of the synopsis by Teatro Praga]
After Turkey and France, the performance will be shown in Portugal, with presentations in Lisbon at São Luiz Teatro Municipal from September 15th to 25th and in Porto at Teatro Municipal do Porto . Rivoli on October 7th and 8th.
Artistic direction and text Pedro Zegre Penim, José Maria Vieira Mendes and André e. Teodósio
With André e. Teodósio, Cláudia Jardim, Diogo Bento, Jenny Larrue, Joana Barrios, Maryne Lanaro, Gonçalo Pereira Valves, Pedro Zegre Penim
Stage design João Pedro Vale & Nuno Alexandre Ferreira
Costumes Joana Barrios
Master seamstress Rosário Balbi
Original music Xinobi
Light design Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
Sound design Sérgio Henriques
Teatro Praga producer Bruno Reis
Executive producer Sara Garrinhas
Teatro Praga communication Clara Antunes
Co-produced by Teatro Praga, São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Lisbon), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), ÍKSV – Ístanbul Tiyatro Festivali (Istanbul), Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli (Porto), Casa Fernando Pessoa (Lisbon), Institut Français au Portugal
Support to the première at ÍKSV Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, Portuguese Embassy in Turkey
Support to the artistic residency Pólo Cultural das Gaivotas | Boavista, O Espaço do Tempo