mala voadora and Third Angel have collaborated on a new project. Literally, a project: to invent a paradise.

Two people experiment. They build things. They assemble parts. They ensure its survival. They are making an experimental construction and creating rules that can regulate the way they act and live together. They are people of their time and they are engaged in tasks of their time, between the time that precedes them and the time that will follow them. Conditioned by what results from what they do. These times are the past and the future, but: What if it were exactly the other way round? What if they were reversing the course of events? The history they know would become the future that awaits them; it would become what will inevitably result from their actions, from their project. And what preceded them would become unknown to them. Alternately, the two actors interrupt their work of building the future to tell stories of an apocalyptic time to a group of scientific experiment rats. The project doesn’t go well and they end up building a mock-up of the project they’re going to try next: it’s a mock-up of what they’ve just built.

concept Alexander Kelly, Chris Thorpe, Jorge Andrade, José Capela e Rachael Walton collaboration David Cabecinha, Fernando Villas-Boas, Lucy Ellinson and Hannah Butterfield and Mark Maugh translation Fernando Villas-Boas with Jorge Andrade e Rachael Walton or Chris Thorpe and Tânia Alves set design José Capela, with image editing by António MV and Tiago Pinhal Costa light Eduardo Abdála soundtrack Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins promotional image Isaque Pinheiro promotional video Jorge Jácome stage photography José Carlos Duarte production Manuel Poças and Joana Santos (mala voadora), and Dep Arts and Hilary Foster (Third Angel) management and programming consultancy Vânia Rodrigues coproduction Teatro Municipal Maria Matos and Warwick Arts Centre support Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Largo Residências and Caixas Baratas


December 4 to 13, 2014 ‧ Teatro Municipal Maria Matos (Lisbon)

February 10 and 11, 2015 ‧ Warwick Arts Centre (Coventry, UK)

August 8 to 30, 2015 ‧ Northern Stage at Summerhall (Edinburgh, Reino Unido)