To imagine what paradise might be like, mala voadora invited other artists. The first attempt was made with Parisian Association Arsène and German musician Simon Rummel. Their meeting resulted in Paraíso #1: a three-voice musical in which a landscape is described. Given its qualities, the place they refer to could be a paradise, but they conclude that inventing a landscape, or paradise, is also inventing the way to describe them. As explained in the 18th century picturesque manuals, you have to know how to compose the idyll of the landscape. “The works of nature seem so much more pleasing to us the more they resemble those of art” (Joseph Addison). In contrast, the show is interrupted by the movements of a blank canvas, which insists on appearing from different places.
The show takes place inside a work of art: the set is a replica of an installation by Joseph Kosuth.

from and with Jorge Andrade, Odile Darbelley and Simon Rummel soundtrack Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins, with the voices of Ana Brandão and Bruno Huca collaboration and set design José Capela and Michel Jacquelin dramaturgical David Cabecinha promotional image António MV stage photography José Carlos Duarte production João Lemos management and programming consultancy Vânia Rodrigues coproduction mala voadora, Association Arsène, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Théâtre des Bernardines, O Espaço do Tempo, tanzhaus nrw and Marseille-Provence 2013 – European Capital of Culture financed by Institut Français, Conseil Régional PACA and EHESS Paris (Labex)


November 22, 2013 ‧ Gare France (Marseille, France)

November 26 to 29, 2013 ‧ Teatro Municipal Maria Matos (Lisbon)

November 30, 2013 ‧ mala voadora (Porto)