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Anarchisms (Through the middle of the room runs a lighter river)

by Pablo Fidalgo, 2018

Anarchisms (Through the middle of the room runs a lighter river) tells us about the dream of a man who remembers the house and the three companions with whom he shared his youth. Being aware that memories and dreams are imperfect mechanisms he also knows that only this fuzzy realm, filled with lights and sounds from past history, will reveal to him his present identity. Anarchisms is a performance about absence, dreams, fear and the silence that exist within any group or family constellation. And, at the same time, designs the expectations of a generation facing for the first time its mistakes and lack of a common project. Structured as an epic poem and a group portrait the performance draws on the point of view of the defeated, the outcasts and on the decisive moments in which those who had something in common, ideas and utopias, no longer have them.

The bodies in this performance have no history, no name, nor identity. Since they came into the world they have been told one doesn’t mess with history but they came prepared to mess with it from the beginning until the end. So they enter a room and question themselves, look back at themselves, create a language. The room is a small island in the middle of a wild river. The history trends give shape to the bodies and throw them against the walls. If only they knew enough about the history of dissidence and anarchy maybe, who knows, they could survive. But, had they known enough, they wouldn’t have locked themselves in, in a desperate attempt of living differently. Within this drift of love and hate the bodies are pushed into an impossible balance and only by staying together, touching each other, knowing each other, will they be able to grasp who they are, what they can put together, what life and which relationships they can still pursue. Which adventure is still possible in an ending world. Paraphrasing Ricardo Piglia in Anarchisms, “history is written by the winners but it’s the defeated that dance to it”.

Ficha Artística

Text and Direction
Pablo Fidalgo

Ángela Millano, Cláudio da Silva, Rocío Berenguer
Light Design
Cláudia Rodrigues e Pablo Fidalgo
Technical Direction
Cláudia Rodrigues
Choreography Assistance
Flora Détraz
João Bento
João Gambino
Production Management and Tour
O Rumo do Fumo
Executive Production and Direction Assistance
Amalia Area
Maria Matos Teatro Municipal - Season 2017/18, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centro Dramático Galego / Agadic / Xunta de Galicia, Festival BAD Bilbao, Montbéliard: MA avec GRANIT scènes nationales du Pays de Montbéliard et de Belfort
Festival de Otoño de Madrid, Câmara Municipal da Moita / Centro de Experimentação Artística (Vale da Amoreira), Marche Teatro / Villa Nappi Residences, NAVE Santiago de Chile, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa / Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista, EGEAC, Causas Comuns, Teatro do Eléctrico
Luis Nocete, Teresa Martínez


29 February 2020, Teatro Jovellanos, Gijón/Spain
9 - 12 January 2020, Teatro do Bairro Alto, Lisbon/Portugal
16 - 17 May 2019, Festival Chantiers d'Europe, Théâtre de la Ville - Espace Cardin, Paris/France
12 May 2019, La Mutante, Valencia/Spain
25 - 26 January 2019, Palco do Grande Auditório, Teatro Municipal do Porto | Rivoli, Porto/Portugal
15 - 17 November, Festival de Otoño, Sala Cuarta Pared, Madrid/Spain
2 - 4 November 2018, Salón Teatro, Centro Dramático Galego, Santiago de Compostela/Spain
Premiere - 23 October 2018, Festival BAD, Sala Teatro Aretoa, Teatro Campos Elíseos, Bilbao/Spain
Artistic Residency final presentation - 4 October 2018, Centro de Experimentação Artística, Moita/Portugal