by Rui Lopes Graça




Our existence is short and limited. How do we live like this and take advantage of this possibility? We are annexed by a normative standard which, like Mago, leads to individual annulment thus losing a wild essence or we become an agent, who like Vincent, pursues an ideal of freedom to be us, full of independence and nonconformity.

BICHOS, is a show worked from the book of the same name by Miguel Torga, which aims to address fundamental questions about society and existence itself.

Humanized animals or almost animalized humans appear here struggling with themselves, with the environment in which they live and with the Divine. Different from each other in their particularities, these animals are all part of the same Noah's Ark; site and mother earth where everyone walks in an equal struggle for life and freedom. These are human dilemmas, but shared by both men and animals in which Man is one more animal among others and does not occupy a privileged place.

In Torga, the evolution alienated Man from nature, condemning him to perdition and, with BICHOS, travels in search of his wild essence, the purity of instincts, questioning God, freedom, society and the individual's relationship with them.

Thinking that none has a special place in creation, here we remember that living is not enough. Human dignity requires that life is worthwhile in full freedom; that rebellion does not accept domestications or conformisms and is the safe way for each one to find his role in the collective, without losing his freedom.

(Rui Lopes Graça)



Artistic File

Choreography: Rui Lopes Graça

Artistic direction: Henrique Amoedo

Interpreter: Aléxis Fernandes, Bárbara Matos, Joana Caetano, José Manuel Figueira, Nuno Borba, Pedro Alexandre Silva, Ricardo Meireles, Sofia Marote and Telmo Ferreira

Rehearsal assistant: Cristina Baptista and Telmo Ferreira


Light design: Nuno Meira

Light assembly and light operation: Maurício Freitas

Projection design: Carolina Caetano

Sound design: Rui Lopes Graça


Graphic design: Melissa Corrêa / Niponica

Masks: Robert Allsopp and Associates

Photography: Júlio Silva Castro


Direction: AAAIDD

Production assistant: Natércia Kuprian / AAAIDD

Co-production: Municipality of Funchal and Grupo Sousa


Duration: 50 minutes

Rated: + 3 year

World premiere: 29/01/2016    Baltazar Dias Municipal Theater   Funchal (Portugal)



Published at 21 September, 2017