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Lecture-theatrical performance

The Great Invasion

Companhia Caótica

©Antoine Blanquart

The Great Invasion ©Antoine Blanquart

Fábrica das Artes | for every childhood

(The Great Invasion is a lecture that happily confuses science and fantasy, creating a fraudulent form of jubilation that gently pokes fun at our way of life.) 
A mother, who is giving the lecture, testifies to and documents (through photographs, illustrations and videos) her meeting with a group of mermaids and the everyday experiences that she has in their company. These mermaids caused an epidemic among those who came into contact with them in the town of Alcochete.
Delivered in the form of a clearly documented spoken report, the aim of the lecture is transformed into a request for the audience’s help: they are invited to sign a petition to free the mermaids from the supervision and protection of the National Institute for the Oceans, where they are currently housed for research purposes.


Creation, artistic direction and stage direction Caroline Bergeron – Companhia Caótica / Acting and assistant dramatist Catarina Santana / Lighting and video operation and acting Jochen Pasternacki / Participation in the video and photography Catarina Santana, Paula Diogo de Carvalho, Maila Dimas, Vasco Diogo, Miguel Antunes, Francisco Campos, Nicolas Brites, Cláudia Andrade, António-Pedro and Gaspar Vasques / Special effects Guilherme Pina / Illustrations Antoine Blanquart / Image, photos, directing and editing of films António-Pedro and Guilherme Pina / Executive production Stage One / Residency Espaço do Tempo, Centro Cultural Vila Flôr / Co-producers Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal), Centro Cultural Vila Flôr (Guimarães, Portugal), Centre Culturel Pablo Picasso (Homécourt, France) and Théâtre de Villeneuve-lès-Maguelonne (France), Portuguese Government / Ministry of Culture – Directorate-General for the Arts

The performance is a co-production with the 5 Sentidos Network / National première at Culturgest in March 2016.

10 and 11 November, 2016 | 11:00

12 November, 2016 | 15:30

13 November, 2016 | 11:30

Black Box
50 minutes + final conversation (30 minutes)
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