Thursday, April 14, 2011

Exactamente Antunes {Exactly Antunes}

As part of the Odisseia showcase, we bring back Antunes, that extremely Portuguese version of Ulysses, a character invented by a Modernist visual artist who was also a poet, an essayist, a playwright, a caricaturist, an actor and a dancer: José Sobral de Almada Negreiros (1893-1970). However, during the process of adapting, rewriting and/or reinventing that peculiar Bildungsroman entitled Nome de Guerra, Jacinto Lucas Pires brought to the stage not only Antunes, but the rest of its extravagant cast of characters: the experienced Dom Jorge, Judite – she who, actually, is not called so –, angelic Maria, the Uncle, and the novel’s Author himself, with his boiler-suit. Directed by Cristina Carvalhal and Nuno Carinhas, Exactamente Antunes will be mostly anything and its opposite: a romantic comedy, a Lisbon soap opera, a social documentary, an American musical, a fake melodrama. Or, quite simply, a play in which to experience the ingenuousness and ingenuity of Almada – the ‘little boy with a giant’s eyes’, as he once described himself – his view of the body and of the city, and his inquiry into identity. “Woe is he who is so ignorant of his own dream.”

photography JOÃO TUNA

Making Of

Photo Section with actors

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