Tiago Rodrigues, By Heart, 2013

In By Heart, Tiago Rodrigues tells us a story: that of his grandmother who, having become blind, asks her grandson to choose a book that she could learn by heart.
But what exactly does it mean to 'learn a text by heart'? And how can we, together with the audience, get closer to this question, to its urgency, to its charge?

By inviting ten spectators each evening to perform this gesture, Tiago Rodrigues is not content to blur the boundaries between theatre, fiction and reality.

He invites men and women to experience, to share, for the duration of the performance, a singular experience: that of retaining a text and saying it.
An act of artistic and political resistance, as well as a fight against time, oblivion, ageing, absence and disappearance.

A gesture as intimate as it is political.

Text and performance: Tiago Rodrigues
Quotes: William Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, George Steiner and Joseph Brodsky
French translation: Thomas Resendes
Props and costumes: Magda Bizarro
Executive Production: Rita Forjaz
Executive production in the original creation: Magda Bizarro, Rita Mendes
Production: Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Portugal) based on an original creation by the company Mundo Perfeito
Coproduction: O Espaço do Tempo, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal
Stage Manager: André Pato
Sound: Pedro Costa

Created with the support of the Governo de Portugal | DGArtes.
Performance
Lafayette Anticipations
Friday 24 Sep 2021
from 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Saturday 25 Sep 2021
from 06 pm to 08 pm
from 09 pm to 11 pm

Tiago Rodrigues, By Heart - Lafayette Anticipations © Marc Domage
Tiago Rodrigues, By Heart - Lafayette Anticipations © Marc Domage
Tiago Rodrigues, By Heart - Lafayette Anticipations © Marc Domage

Participants

Portuguese actor and director Tiago Rodrigues' first ambition was to perform with people who wanted to invent shows together.

His encounter with tg STAN in 1997, when he was 20 years old, definitively marked his attachment to the absence of hierarchy within a group in creation. The freedom of play and decision given to the actor will forever influence the course of his shows.

At the same time, he wrote scripts, press articles, poems, prefaces and articles.

In 2003, he founded the company Mundo Perfeito with Magda Bizarro, in which he created numerous shows without settling in a fixed location, becoming a guest of national and international institutions.

In France, he presented his Portuguese version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra at the Avignon Festival in 2015, which was published, like all his plays translated into French, by Les Solitaires intempestifs.

By heart was presented in 2014 at the Théâtre de la Bastille, which subsequently invited him to lead a two-month "occupation" of the theatre in spring 2016, during which he created Bovary.

Tiago Rodrigues is the director of the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II in Lisbon.