Trans / Mission


Saturday, 6 July at 5 pm


Creation VisõesÚteisPortugal

“Trans/mission” is a hybrid show, mixing theatre and music, in which the artistic collaborative process is used as the mirror of a national identity that seems incapable to mobilize and to inscribe itself historically.

In ”Trans/mission”, a musician and a playwright share with the audience their work process in the creation of an Opera, which they hope will be revolutionary. A work that deals with the struggle and hardships of trying to organize and mobilize any sort collective – be it an artistic team, a community or a whole population… of which the Portuguese are a specially good example.

However, throughout this public presentation, the divisions between the two artists become evident, as they engage in an open conflict that threatens to ruin the whole project!

Inspired by the diagnosis traced by works such as “Portugal Today, the Fear of Existing” by philosopher José Gil, the play explores with humour the tension between thinking and acting, and our apparent inability to pass from diagnosis to concrete change.




Written and Directed by:
Ana Vitorino, Carlos Costa, João Martins

Original Soundtrack and Sound Design: João Martins

Cast: Carlos Costa, João Martins

Photo: Paulo Pimenta / Mira Forum

co-production VisõesÚteis / Municipal Theatre of Porto / NEFUP / Sonoscopia / Porta-Jazz Ensemble Super Moderne / Department of Sociology of the University of Porto.

Running Time:   1 h