mala voadora invited dancer and choreographer Miguel Pereira to put on a show based on Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan: A Play About a Good Woman – a satire on Victorian moralism. The play’s happy ending is guaranteed by the cunning construction of a lie by a woman whose reputation is in doubt. The play is a classic of Western dramaturgy that has been staged hundreds of times; we chose to take this as an opportunity. Wilde is an attempt to appropriate a radio version of the play, produced by BBC Radio 7 – an object from the past, itself an appropriation of a play from its past. The performers – all dressed as Lady Windermere – move around illustrating the recording, lip-sync, act over the recording, come together to play some characters, sing in an operetta register, fulfil choreographies. The formal aspects acquire a progressive freedom as the libertarian narrative unfolds.

direction Jorge Andrade and Miguel Pereira from Oscar Wilde with Carla Bolito / Cecília Matos Manuel, Joana Bárcia / Margarida Martins, Jorge Andrade, Miguel Pereira, Nuno Lucas, Tiago Barbosa and Valentina Parlato / Maria Matos set design José Capela costumes José Capela, with execution by Eduarda Carepa light Daniel Worm d’Assumpção soundtrack Jari Marjamäki stage photography José Carlos Duarte production Cátia Mateus (O Rumo do Fumo) and Manuel Poças (mala voadora) coproduction mala voadora, O Rumo do Fumo, Culturgest and Teatro Viriato residencies Fórum Dança, alkantara and Negócio (ZDB)

datasdates

March 22 to 23, 2013 ‧ Culturgest (Lisbon)

March 27, 2013 ‧ Teatro Aveirense (Aveiro)

April 6, 2013 ‧ Teatro Viriato (Viseu)

May 24, 2013 ‧ Theatro Circo (Braga)

March 29 to 30, 2019 ‧ Théâtre National du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

May 11, 2019 ‧ Café-Teatro do Teatro Campo Alegre (Porto - included in DDD+FITEI festivals)

September 20 and 21, 2024 ‧ ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival (Shanghai, China)