"Saint Sebastian and Dom Sebastian are united in this project by virtue of their strong presence in our imagination, their masculinity with its marked sexual ambiguity, timeless figures, a source of artistic inspiration for the most diverse fields of creativity with far reaching echoes where themes of sexual desire, religious fervour and State interests are inextricably interwoven.

Francisco Camacho's past works " O Rei no Exílio " ( The King in Exile ) and " Nossa Senhora das Flores " ( Our Lady of the Flowers ), and Rui Sanches' series of sculptures, " Alguns Santos Mártires e uma figura pouco católica " ( Some Martyred Saints and a less than catholic figure ) and " Body Building " have already proved their creators' ability to use the body and its images in a stimulating and innovative way. By combining these two artists' perspectives where they are different and complementary, we gain a vision of two secular myths transformed by new light.

The dynamism of bodies driven by a movement with no beginning or end, not frozen into rhetorical poses, frees the two figures from the tragic dictatorship of sacrifice, martyrdom and impossibility, endowing them with the reality of their passions and desires and the joy of bodies at one with the force of imagination.

Their revenge will be the affirmation of the body freed from the guilt of limitless passion.

Thus we free Dom and Saint and, at the same time, ourselves from their cursed myths."

Alexandre Melo

Dom São Sebastião is dedicated to the memory of José Ribeiro da Fonte, committed co-worker from the start.

Artistic Direction and Sound: FRANCISCO CAMACHO

Performers: ANTÓNIO TAVARES, CARLOTA LAGIDO, FRANCISCO CAMACHO, LEONOR KEIL, MIGUEL PEREIRA, NUNO BIZARRO

Special collaboration: RUI SANCHES

Dramaturgy and original idea: ALEXANDRE MELO

Costumes: CARLOTA LAGIDO
Lights CRISTINA PIEDADE e FRANCISCO CAMACHO
Consultant: JOSÉ RIBEIRO DA FONTE
Graphic design: RICARDO MILNE
Technical Director: CRISTINA PIEDADE
Stage and off-stage: PIETRO ROMANI

Production: EIRA

Co-production: TEATRO NACIONAL DE SÃO JOÃO, FUNDAÇÃO DAS DESCOBERTAS - CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM, FORUM DANÇA
Supports: COMISSÃO NACIONAL PARA A COMEMORAÇÃO DOS DESCOBRIMENTOS PORTUGUESES, FESTIVAL CITEMOR

Thanks to: LÚCIA SIGALHO, JOÃO FIGUEIRA NOGUEIRA, FILIPA FRANCISCO, OLGA RAMOS, RICARDO REZENDE, EDGAR PERA

TOUR

24/05/1996, Teatro Pradillo, Madrid (ES)
25/05/1996, Teatro Pradillo, Madrid (ES)
26/05/1996, Teatro Pradillo, Madrid (ES)
05/07/1996, Teatro Nacional de São João, Oporto (PT)
05/07/1996 Teatro Nacional de São João Oporto (PT)
17/08/1996 Festival Citemor Montemor-O-Velho(PT)
23/11/1996 Mostra de Dança Contemporânea Loulé (PT)
29/11/1996 Danças na Cidade Lisbon (PT)
30/11/1996 Danças na Cidade Lisbon (PT)
16/06/1997 Centro Cultural de Belém Lisbon (PT)
17/06/1997 Centro Cultural de Belém Lisbon (PT)
02/10/1998 Die Theater - Imagetanz Festival Wien (AU)
03/10/1998 Die Theater - Imagetanz Festival Wien (AU)

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