Return to White for a more colorful future

“Return to White” was one of the initiatives with which the Regional Directorate of Culture marked the European Heritage Days

The Roman ruins of Milreu, in Estoi, returned to white this Saturday, thinking about the future. The Doismaisum theater group has joined the Música XXI association for a show where some of the best-known female characters in the history of theater serve as a bridge between heritage – and the past it represents – and some of the major issues of today.

Among the walls and walls that were left to us by those who lived almost two millennia ago in the now village of the municipality of Faro, the public was challenged to think, from the outset, about the female condition, over the centuries, but also about the dilemmas faced by society today.

The play “Regresso ao Branco” was one of the initiatives of the program set up by the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve to mark the European Heritage Days. With this theatrical play, Dois Mais Um sought to meet the theme “Heritage, what a future”, the motto of the DiVaM program – Dynamization and Valorization of the 2018 Monuments, within which this production was carried out.

«We went to look for reference female figures from the past, who have helped us to structure our philosophical, legal, poetic and etc thinking. We draw inspiration from their struggle and the tenacity they had in their time to transport him to the present day, to understand what interpretation we currently make of these heroines and - if we do - and how we can integrate this into the our life and our actions, in times as troubled as the ones we live in”, he explained to Sul Informação António Gambóias, director of the play.

António Gamboias

On stage, five interpreters talk to us about topics such as precarious employment, the extremisms that are gaining strength in society, the lack of future prospects for young people, many of whom end up emigrating, and sexual harassment, among others.

“I think all of this is related to our disconnecting from the past. If we lose our references, it is a little difficult to locate ourselves and we will certainly have more difficulty in projecting ourselves into the future», believes the director of “Return to White”.

António Gambóias worked on a text written by him, in co-authorship with Ana Oliveira. Both were also interpreters of the play, accompanied by young actresses Catarina Silva, Inês Martins, Leonor Mendes, Margarida Almeida and Luna Ruivo. Students from Grupo de Escolas Pinheiro and Rosa André Pescada, Constança Ferreira, Nádia Viegas and Pedro Botequilha also participated in the play.

The music, another central element of “Regresso ao Branco”, was guaranteed by the Female Choir Other Voices, from Música XXI, composed by Ana Raquel Côrte-Real, Carla Lúcio, Cláudia Cabanita, Elsa Gonçalves, Isabel Trindade, Joana Cunha, Marisa Mendes , Patrícia Neto Martins and Vera Rocha, directed by Paulo Cunha.

Photos: Hugo Rodrigues|Sul Informação