Endgame by Samuel Beckett

20.04.2017 – 21.04.2017 / 03:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m.
Mosteiro de São Bento – Teatro Nacional São João
Praça da Batalha
4000-102 Porto, Portugal

Theatre play


Tania Bruguera is a Cuban artivist making her first foray into the world of theatre with her version of Beckett’s “Endgame.” She has designed a 8.50 meter tall cylinder of scaffolding, from where the audience watches the performance happening below.

At each new reading of the text, Bruguera considers that “a different dynamic between the characters is revealed and new layers are projected: the dialogue happens between a black person and a white racist, between a battered woman and her aggressor, between lovers…”.

Tania Bruguera transposes the power relations between the characters to the visual set-up and to the cast, which includes one professional actor (Brian Mendes as Hamm), a different amateur actor for each performance (as Clov) who hears and repeats the text for the first time in a declared submission to the words, and two actors whose voices do not come from their bodies, but from the sound equipment around the audience.

Endgame by Samuel Beckett

Directed by: Tania Bruguera

Architects: Dotan Gertler Studio

With: Brian Mendes, Jess Barbagallo, Pedro Aires and Lara Ferreira

Light design: Rui Monteiro

Light assistants: Carin Geada and Manuel Alão

Sound design: Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins

Assistant director: Mitchell Polonsky

Technical director: Patrícia Gilvaia

Production: BoCA 

Production Manager: Ana Rita Osório

Executive producer: Francisca Aires

Co-production: São João National Theatre (Oporto, PT), Colectivo 84 (PT), Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels, BE), Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (Nanterre, FR), Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris, FR), Fondation d’Enterprise Hermès (Paris, FR), International Summer Festival Hamburg (Hamburg, DE), Estudio Bruguera

Acknowledgements:John Romão, Christophe Slagmuylder, Philippe Quesne, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard College TDM, James Stanley, Achy Obejas, Tricia Van Eyck & MCA Chicago, Bob Wilson & The Watermill Center, Estudio Bruguera, New York City Players, Nicholas Elliot, Katiana Rangel, Regina Vorria, Alessandra Saviotti.