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By Marta Cuscunà
© Daniele Borghello
Past event
Dates and Schedules

15 and 16 february
Friday and Saturday, 21h


Conversation with the team:
Saturday, 16 February, after the performance


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra




€12 to €15 with discounts

Age Restriction

+ 14

Portuguese Sign Language Audio Description

16 fevereiro, sábado, 21h


In colaboration with A Tarumba – Teatro de Marionetas, Italian director, puppeteer and playwright Marta Cuscunà brings a performance to Lisbon with mechanical crows as protagonists, manipulated by means of technologies used in animatronics who help to tell a story loosely based on an ancestral legend.

Show spoken in Italian and subtitled in Portuguese

Freely inspired by the myth of Fanes
Sources of thought and words: Kläre French-Wieser; Carol Gilligan; Ulrike Kindle; Giuliana Musso; Heinrich von Kleist and Christa Wolf

The myth of Fanes is a popular tradition of Ladinos, a small ethnic minority who live in the central valleys of the Dolomites. It is an epic cycle that speaks of a peaceful kingdom led by female queens, destroyed by the onset of an era of domination and the sword. It is the black fall song in the horror of war.
Today we are still immersed in a system of ceaseless wars. It seems that war is an inevitable part of mankind’s destiny. The myth of Fanes, on the contrary, speaks of a golden time of peace that was lost.
Autumn music wants to bring to light the story of how we were, this desirable social alternative for the future of humanity, which is always presented as an unrealizable utopia. And instead, maybe, it already existed.
The central theme of the show is war. A war that is never seen on the scene. However, it is there, from the point of view of the only characters who always take advantage of this: the crows.
The main protagonist of the staging is, therefore, a bunch of animatronic crows, maneuvered through mechanical joysticks, designed and made by the scenographer Paola Villani.
The attempt at the basis of the scenographic project is to undermine puppet imagery, which in Italy is still closely linked to popular tradition, through the use of some animatronic technologies commonly applied to the world of special film effects and made with elements of industrial components.

It is noted the presence of strong and repeated disturbing sounds and frequent flashes of light during the show.

Cast and Creative

Creation and interpretation Marta Cuscunà Projection and animatronic direction Paola Villani Assistant director Marco Rogante Co-production Centrale Fies, CSS Teatro Stabile di Innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Teatro Stabile di Torino e São Luiz Teatro Municipal     Cooperation Teatro Stabile di Bolzano, A Tarumba Teatro de Marionetas, Lisboa Technical sponsors igus® innovazione con i tecnopolimeri; Marta s.r.l. forniture per l’industria; Instituto Italiano de Lisboa Co-Production Centrale Fies, CSS Estável teatro de inovação de Friuli Venezia Giulia, Teatro Stabile di Torino and São Luiz Teatro Municipal Marta Cuscunà is part of the Fies Factory project of Centrale Fies


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