Robert Wilson

PESSOA – Since I've been me

Theatre
Théâtre de la Ville – Sarah Bernhardt
novembernov 5 – 16

French premiere

1h20

In French, Italian, Portuguese and English, with French surtitles

Prices € 8 to € 39
Subscribers € 8 and € 32

Théâtre de la Ville – Sarah Bernhardt

Tuesday november 5

20h00

Wednesday november 6

20h00

Friday november 8

20h00

Saturday november 9

15h00

Sunday november 10

15h00

Tuesday november 12

20h00

Wednesday november 13

20h00

Thursday november 14

20h00

Friday november 15

20h00

Saturday november 16

15h00

Direction, scenography and lighting Robert Wilson. Texts Fernando Pessoa. Dramaturgy Darryl Pinckney. Costumes Jacques Reynaud. Co-direction Charles Chemin. Associate scenographer Annick Lavallée-Benny. Associate lighting designer Marcello Lumaca. Sound design and music advisor Nick Sagar. Make-up Véronique Pfluger. Technical direction Enrico Maso. Artistic and technical coordination Thaiz Bozano. Costumes collaborator Flavia Ruggeri. Literary collaboration Bernardo Haumont. With Maria de Medeiros, Aline Belibi, Rodrigo Ferreira, Klaus Martini, Sofia Menci, Gianfranco Poddighe, Janaína Suaudeau.

Production Théâtre de la Ville-Paris ; Teatro della Pergola (Florence)
Coproduction Teatro Stabile del Friuli Venezia Giulia ; Teatro Stabile di Bolzano ; Sao Luiz Teatro Municipal de Lisboa ; Festival d’Automne à Paris

In partnership with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg 
With the support of Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian – Délégation en France and of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

The Théâtre de la Ville-Paris and the Festival d'Automne à Paris are co-producers of this show and are presenting it as a co-realisation. 

With the support of

The hero of this new work by Robert Wilson is Fernando Pessoa. And a paradoxical hero at that. The Portuguese poet spent his life 'multiplying himself', inventing heteronyms, or fictitious authors, to whom he attributed works he himself wrote. He even went as far as to invent relationships, either amicable ones or from master to disciple, between his different avatars.

He wanted to disappear, and be nothing. But he ended up being multiplying his different selves. Specialists of his work have counted seventy-two of these heteronyms, each of which sheds light upon and conceals him in equal measure, making Fernando Pessoa a figure so mysterious and intriguing that sketching his portrait is near-impossible. Indeed, every attempt at trying to build up a picture of him quickly results in him disappearing from view, as if caught in a labyrinth of distorting mirrors. Robert Wilson gives substance to this elusive dimension of one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, with an assuredness that is tinged with humour and joyful melancholy. Calling upon the best known of his heteronyms, Álvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis and Alberto Caeiro, he takes us, with the complicity of the playwright Darryl Pinckney, on a journey through the most varied aspects of his writings, from The Keeper of Flocks to Faust via the Book of Unrest. In response to the inexhaustible abundance of Pessoa's almost limitless imagination, he offers us a kaleidoscope-like backdrop which both glistens and fascinates.

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