TEOREMA by John Romão, inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini
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 in Pier Paolo Pasolini
Light Design: José Álvaro Correia
Sound space: Daniel Romero / .tape.
Music: Nicolai Sarbib
Coreographic colaboration: Elena Córdoba
Set colaboration: F. Ribeiro
Assistance direction and production: Solange Freitas
Technical direction: Rui Monteiro
Co-production: Colectivo 84 (Lisbon), Konstanz Theatre (Konstanz), Festival Temps d'Images (Lisbon), Rivoli Teatro Municipal (Porto)
Colectivo 84 is a structure supported by the Government of Portugal – Secretaria de Estado da Cultura / Direcção Geral das Artes
Artistic residences: O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), Negócio/ZDB (Lisbon)
The fall of the sense of the sacred in contemporary times inaugurates the searching 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 their uniqueness and mystery of its reason of being. With 12 skateboarders and 1 accordionist on stage that plays the "Et exspecto" by Sofia Gubaidulina (one of the best contemporary music composers of our century), the actor and theatre director John Romão creates a show where the word is supplanted by a visual and sound enigmatic and iconographic experience, elegiac and apocalyptic. TEOREMA is inspired by a fundamental piece of European cinema, the film (and text) namesake by Pier Paolo Pasolini, so as a reflection on the staging of the author's death.
Following the steps of Pasolini, who exalted the popular sense of the sacred with figures from the people, often marginals from urban or rural subproletariat, today John Romão carries to the stage a group of performers that 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 and carried by and erotic and sacred ambience, well known by Pasolini.
This is the second show of a trilogy that John Romão dedicates to Pasolini in 2015, remarking the 40 years of his death.