The decline of the sacred in contemporary times inaugurates the search for new relationships with the real. To declare an object as an enigma where the sacred is in imminent explosion is to draw attention to its uniqueness and the mystery of its existence. With 12 skateboarders and 1 accordionist on stage who plays the "Et exspecto" by contemporary composer Sofia Gubaidulina (known as the creator of Poor Music), John Romão creates a show where the word is supplanted by an enigmatic and iconographic experience of visuals and sound, both elegiac and apocalyptic. Teorema is inspired by a fundamental piece of European cinema, the film (and text) of the same title by Pier Paolo Pasolini, so as to be a reflection on the staging of the author's death.
Following the steps of Pasolini, who exalted the popular sense of the sacred with popular figures, often marginals from urban or rural proletariat, today John Romão carries to the stage a group of performers who also belong to the street, but in a contemporary context: young skateboarders, other kind of "ragazzi di vita", vehicles that promote the encounter with the sacred in their own body. The relationships between them are about tension, domination, and submission, as they are conveyed by an erotic and sacred ambience, well-known to Pasolini.
This is the second show of a trilogy that John Romão dedicates to Pasolini in 2015, 40 years after his death.
Direction and set: John Romão
With: John Romão, the skateboarders Francisco Campos Lima, Guilherme Moura and Wesley Barros, and 9 local skateboarders from the city where the show is presented
Accordionist: Fábio Palma plays "Et exspecto" (1985) by Sofia Gubaidulina
Texts: Tiago Rodrigues and John Romão, inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Light design: José Álvaro Correia
Sound design: Daniel Romero / .tape.
Music: Nicolai Sarbib
Set collaboration: F. Ribeiro
Coreographic collaboration: Elena Córdoba
Production and direction assistant: Solange Freitas
Technical direction: Rui Monteiro
Co-production: Colectivo 84 (Lisbon), Konstanz Theatre (Konstanz), Festival Temps d'Images (Lisbon), Rivoli Teatro Municipal (Porto)
Artistic residences: O Espaço do Tempo, Negócio/ZDB
Project funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture – DGARTES
KONSTANZ THEATRE (KONSTANZ, DL)
SÃO LUIZ TEATRO MUNICIPAL / FESTIVAL TEMPS D'IMAGES (LISBOA, PT)
TEATRO MUNICIPAL DO PORTO - RIVOLI (PORTO, PT)
CENTRO CULTURAL VILA FLOR (GUIMARÃES, PT)
CINE-TEATRO CURVO SEMEDO / PT 15 (MONTEMOR-O-NOVO, PT)