Other Projects > Participation of Vera Mantero in The Talking Car by Agnieszka Polska, 2023

Participation of Vera Mantero in

The Talking Car by Agnieszka Polska, 2023

Agnieszka Polska addresses topics related to the ecological crisis, environmental and humanitarian catastrophes. The Polish artist, awarded with the renowned National Gallery Prize (Berlin), is the author of hallucinogenic and hypnotic artworks, which propose immersive experiences, making us reflect on language, history, science and activate a critical awareness of the social and individual responsibility in a post-truth world.

Under an invitation from BoCA, Polska creates her first theatre piece, “The Talking Car”, with a mixed cast of Portuguese, Polish and American actors including Albano Jerónimo, Iris Cayatte and Vera Mantero, Bartosz Bielenia and Aaron Ronelle. On stage, we see a group of people trying to find a way out of a speeding vehicle. They are accompanied by singing, large-scale digital puppets, observing their struggles with tender curiosity. The performers inside the car, on their way to an ever-changing destination, explore a variety of roles, genres and emotional states. Atmospheric, repetitive music and hypnotic background animations enhance the melancholy of this immersive tale: a tale about one’s role in the complex system combining human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

Ficha Artística

Text and direction
Agnieszka Polska

Albano Jerónimo, Iris Cayatte, Vera Mantero, Bartosz Bielenia e Aaron Ronelle

Voice over
Jasmina Polak

Dramaturgy support
Olga Drygas

Igor Klaczynski

Light design
Rui Monteiro

Video and sound
André Teixeira

Digital puppet animation
Jeremy Coubrough

Stage videos animation
Ewa Polska

Head of production
Hugo Alves Caroça

Joana Portela

Commission and production
BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts (Lisbon)

deSingel, Nowy Teatr

Artistic residency
Goethe Institut Lisbon

Presentation partner


18 - 19 April 2024, De Singel International Arts Centre, Antwerp/Belgium
11 October 2023, FIMP - Festival Internacional de Marionetas do Porto, Teatro Municipal do Porto - Rivoli, Porto/Portugal
23 September 2023, Teatro das Figuras, Faro/Portugal
Premiere14 - 15 September 2023, Auditório Emílio Rui Vilar, Culturgest, Lisboa/Portugal