Tiago Rodrigues

Catarina et la beauté de tuer des fascistes

Archive 2022


Text and staging, Tiago Rodrigues
Staging assistant, Margarida Bak Gordon
Featuring António Fonseca, António Afonso Parra, Beatriz Maia, Carolina Passos Sousa, Isabel Abreu, Marco Mendonça, Romeu Costa, Rui M. Silva 
Stage design, F. Ribeiro
Lights (original design), Nuno Meira
Lights (at Centre International de Créations Théâtrales / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord), Rui Monteiro
Creation, sound design, and original music, Pedro Costa
Artistic collaboration, Magda Bizzaro
Choir director, vocal arrangement, João Henriques
Costumes, José António Tenente
Choreography consultants, Sofia Dias, Vítor Roriz
Arms technique consultant, David Chan Cordeiro
Choregraphy advisors, Sofia Dias, Vítor Roriz
Weapons technical advisor, David Chan Cordeiro
Management, Carlos Freitas
Prompter, Cristina Vidal
Traduction, Thomas Resendes (Français)
Surtitle, Patrícia Pimentel
Executive production, Pedro Pestana, Rita Forjaz
Songs, Hania Rani (Biesy et Now, Run), Joanna Brouk (The Nymph Rising, Calling the Sailor), Laurel Halo (Rome Theme III et Hyphae) and Rosalía (De Plata, feat Paul Refree)

Produced by Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Lisbon)
Co-produced by Wiener Festwochen; Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena); ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie; théâtre Garonne – scène européenne (Toulouse); Centre International de Créations Théâtrales / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord  (Paris); Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale; Comédie de Caen – CDN de Normandie; Théâtre de Liège; Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – a European Creative and Production Hub; BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen); Le Trident – Scène nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin; Teatre Lliure (Barcelone); Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimarães); O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo); Festival d’Automne à Paris
With support from Almeida Garrett Wines, Cano Amarelo, Culturgest – Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos (Lisbon), Zouri Shoes, Onda office national de diffusion artistique
Special thanks to Mariana Gomes, Pedro Gil, Rui Pina Coelho, Sara Barros Leitão, who, despite no longer being with us on stage, will always be Catarina
Co-directed by Centre International de Créations Théâtrales / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord  (Paris); Festival d’Automne à Paris

This event is part of the 2022 France-Portugal Season
With support of LVMH, member of the Sponsors Committee of the 2022 France-Portugal Season

Now it is time for her to «kill her first fascist ». This is the unshakeable rite of passage in a family which has given itself, generation after generation, since the birth of fascism, the mission of eradicating its maximum number of representatives. It’s your turn now, Catarina!

Summer 2020. A day of celebration, beauty and death. The family gathering takes place in a country home, in the south of Portugal, in close proximity to Baleizão, the village where the assassination of Catarina Eufémia took place, an iconic figure of the anti-Estado Novo resistance, the corporatist and fascist dictatorial regime whose brutal rule lasted in Portugal from 1933 to the Carnation Revolution in 1974.  The country home is charming, and the atmosphere light, but murder is in the air. Indeed, the purpose of the gathering is to compel the youngest member of the family to kill a man, a fascist, who has been kidnapped. Catarina, however, refuses, giving rise to an explosive, latent conflict between the various members of the family. It is at this moment that Catarina Eufémia’s ghost comes to haunt them in their sleep and addresses the fascist from the year 2022. In this piece, Tiago Rodrigues poses questions relating to burning issues at the forefront of current affairs: what does fascism in today’s world consist of? Up until what point can the rules of democracy be infringed in order to defend its causes?