With Cláudia Jardim, Diogo Bento, Marcello Urgeghe, Patrícia da Silva and Pedro Penim
Text José Maria Vieira Mendes
Lighting Design and Technical Direction Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
Production Cristina Correia, Pedro Pires and Joana Gusmão
coproducers Centro Cultural de Belém/ Prospero
togheter with Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes); Théâtre De La Place (Liege); Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena); Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin); Tutkivan Teatterityön Keskus (Tampere).
Played in portoguese with italian subtitles
Running time 1h 20'
Padam Padam comes out of a commission by Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon) for a show to be presented in September 2009 in Lisbon and October 2009 in France and Italy (Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes and Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazioni in Modena), as part of an European cultural exchange project called "Prospero”. Padam Padam was inspired by a previous Praga show called The Miser or The Last Party.
Padam Padam will have a text by José Maria Vieira Mendes (Portuguese playwright), after his work on The Miser or The Last Party and him joining Teatro Praga as a full-time member. A catastrophic writing, the writing of coordination (“and… and… and…”) as opposed to a narrative structure based on subordination, more important and less important. We are looking for a text and a show that can bring down the hierarchies, so that nobody can understand how and where it all started. There is no causality, no motivations, there’s only a sequence, a catastrophe and then another. The calm before the tempest before the calm before the tempest before the calm…
And since Padam Padam also wants to talk about meteorology, the climate shall invade the theatre: we want to try out hurricanes, avalanches, snow and floods. Some say there’s a new contemporary exterior: a crystal palace with air-conditioning, a cosy greenhouse. Let us then work on this new space, inside this space. Let’s try out demolitions, devastations, walls falling down, let us inject nature in the comfort, let us take some bugs and invade the aseptic theatre with a new community, one which is unable to define itself and survive.
We are looking for new diseases, because, after all, if the person infected with different bacteria and viruses feels bad, on the other hand the bacteria and the viruses feel very well.