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A Fright is a Whole World

by Vera Mantero, 2021

Psychoanalyst Carl Jung said that his language should be ambiguous and double meanings because only then would it do justice to our psychic nature. For him, the union of elements that are usually in opposition, especially the unconscious and the conscious, would be the only way to reach a new attitude.

Anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro points out that, what for a Westerner may appear to be a series of contradictory elements, for Brazilian indigenous people may be a set of perfectly conjugated elements that make absolute sense, and may even constitute some of the characteristics of the original peoples.

The alleged interferences of social networks in recent electoral processes lead us to conclude that the “healthy” media are those that do not only present one point of view, but several, preferably in Opposition.

Ethics professor Jonathan Haidt is concerned about the future of his students, who he says are locked in politically correct bubbles, and advises them to travel the world to be capable of Contradiction and Opposition, which are constitutive elements of the very nature of the world*.

Will an education toward citizenship be an Education toward Multiplicity and Contradiction?

Education toward scare.


*Couturier, B. 2018. Safe spaces : des étudiants qui ne supportent plus la contradiction. [online] Available at: France Culture <https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/le-tour-du-monde-des-idees/le-tour-du-monde-des-idees-du-vendredi-16-novembre-2018> [Accessed on June 29 2021].

Ficha Artística

Artistic Direction and Performance
Vera Mantero
Cocreation and Performance
Henrique Furtado Vieira, Paulo Quedas, Teresa Silva
Light Design
Leticia Skrycky
Sound Design and Performance
João Bento
Set Design and Props
João Ferro Martins
Costume Design and Props
Marisa Escaleira
Vera Santos
Research Contribution
Vânia Rovisco
Henrique Furtado Vieira, Paulo Quedas, Teresa Silva, Vera Mantero
af Klint, Hilma, Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 17, 1915, Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
O Rumo do Fumo
Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos - Culturgest, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Teatro Viriato
Artistic Residency Support
Centro de Experimentação Artística/Município da Moita, Companhia Olga Roriz, Estúdios Victor Córdon
Elisa Santos, João Sarmento, Paróquia de St. André e Stª Marinha à Graça
Project cofinanced by Garantir Cultura, Compete 2020, Portugal 2020 and European Union through European Regional Development Fund - ERDF


10 February 2022, GUIdance - Internacional Contemporary Dance Festival, Grande Auditório, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães/Portugal
29 January 2022, Showcase NANT - Novas Acções, Novos Tempos, Teatro Viriato, Viseu/Portugal
25 - 27 November 2021, Alkantara Festival, Grande Auditório, Culturgest, Lisbon/Portugal
Premiere 18 - 19 November 2021, Grande Auditório, Teatro Municipal do Porto Rivoli, Porto/Portugal

A Fright is a Whole World

by Vera Mantero

Sala Principal, Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite, Almada, Portugal

in the framework of Transborda - Mostra Internacional de Artes Performativas de Almada