“Look at me and look at you.” Gil Vicente remains, now and always, inhabitable by all of us, who live five hundred years later. Master Gil, we are told, is a “living text” that allows us to look at ourselves and dream. Filled with Vicentine and other visions, stage director João Pedro Vaz invites us to wander through the Floresta de Enganos [Forest of Deceits], originally performed in the “year of Our Lord 1536”. In Vicente’s final comedy, we are immediately confronted by a Philosopher who has a Fool tied to his foot, the most enigmatic pair in all of Vicente’s work. The Philosopher announces all the figures who will be deceived by love: a merchant, a man in widow’s weeds, a young girl, Cupid, Apollo, king Telebano, princess Grata Célia, judge Justiça Maior, and even a shepherd, linked by chains of love to something he cannot guess. Finally, a pilgrim named Ventura comes to solve this love-en-abîme. “All this takes place in the forest, which has always been the locus par excellence of idyll and deceit, of transformation through love; in other words, of the theatre. Like in a (Vicentine) midsummer night’s dream”, the stage director warns us. “Look at me and look at you”: such is the last line in the self-penned epitaph of the one who was called “the most Angelic and Demonic of all Portuguese poets”.
A production within the scope of the cooperation programme with the Cape Verdean Ministry of Culture and Creative Industries
Union des Théâtres de l'Europe gathered, in the last 3 decades, some of the most important European theatres and artists. Through festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, masterclasses, cooperation projects, the UTE help create a continuous flow between West and East, between generations, between tradition and innovation. Our celebration is inspired by this rich history. With the help of the Interferences International Theatre Festival, we wish to remember some of the best performances presented at past editions of the UTE festival and look forward to new horizons.