The need for freedom
There are various ways of dealing with despotism. There are also many choices in the manner of ending it. It is, in fact, a virus that spreads at a frenetic rate and which we have no way to control. It’s like a massive fire that rapidly propagates and transforms everything into ash.
In the performance Calígula morreu, eu não, we could think of despotic acts as being impulses. Cyclical impulses that respond to the need for freedom, blankness, self-satisfaction. On the other hand, efforts are made to eradicate that same despotism.
What is proposed here is a way to resolve a fictional situation by resorting to another fictional situation. Calígula didn’t die! We must find out why. We must return to history, tell it anew, understand where we were wrong and try to ensure that he finally dies.
To this end, Marco Paiva directs a cast of disabled and non-disabled Portuguese and Spanish performers, bringing together two national theatres, D. Maria II and the Centro Dramático Nacional of Madrid.
Performed in Portuguese and Spanish with Portuguese surtitles and Sign language.