BY

 

PAUL CLAUDEL

THE TIDINGS BROUGHT

TO MARY 

STAGING

RUI MADEIRA

[1990]

 

O ANÚNCIO FEITO A MARIA

L'Annonce faite à Marie

Paul Claudel 

The The Tidings Brought to Mary  set up in 1990 by the Theater Company of Braga constitutes for the team of then a challenge equivalent to the one that Mara launches Violante in the heart of the night.

 

Deprived of economic viability by the cultural powers of the time, the Company committed an unforeseen act of resurrection and rebirth from the ashes of an illusory social contract between the post-revolutionary state of Portugal in the 1980s and the creators who embarked on a kind of avant-garde regionalization project la lettre et l'esprit.

 

And with Mara's vital and transforming wickedness, it was demanded that leprosy be used for something.

 

Because malaise, disease and death always create the gesture of creation, hopelessly condemned, but, when true, incapable of mourning. The harvest of memory that Violante evokes is more beautiful and real than all those that the leprosy has seen grow. Thus the texts, all of them bearers of the insignificance of death against the triumphant improbability of life. We will not mourn the revolution. I mean. "

Regina Guimarães

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