“António e Cleópatra” by Tiago Rodrigues

In the frame of Short Theatre festival, on 6 and 7 September António e Cleópatra by the first Fabulamundi’s Portuguese twinned author, Tiago Rodrigues, will be on stage.

If we say one of the names, the other follows it. Our memory cannot evoke one without the other. Plutarch wrote that, from them on, love became the ability to see the world through the sensibility of someone else’s soul. They mixed love and politics and came up with a politics of love. They are a historical love story. They are a romance based on real events often romanticized about. Shakespeare built them a verbal monument that turned into the truest of truths what never happened to them. In Mankiewicz’s film that led 20th Century Fox to bankruptcy, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were the celluloid and real couple they never –and always– were.
In this show written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues, Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz are the here -and- now duo of what they were there-and-then. They are and are not Antony and Cleopatra. They are Antony seeing the world through Cleopatra’s eyes. And vice-versa. Always vice-versa. Vice-versa as a rule of love. Vice-versa as a rule of theatre. This show is seeing the world vicariously, through the sensibility of the souls of Antony and Cleopatra.