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Premiere "O Horla", Volume II of Studies on Desire, by Miguel Maia

After visiting the eccentric Barão de Branquinho da Fonseca, Miguel Maia will take the second volume of this triptych to the stage from June 28 to July 10, 2022, based on the short story “O Horla”, by Guy de Maupassant, originally published in 1886, with a second edited version the following year.

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Based on the short story “The Horla”, by Guy de Maupassant, published in a first version in 1886, we will tell the story of a wealthy man, who lived on the banks of the Seine and who, one day after crossing the view with a boat from of a tropical country, he begins to feel strange symptoms that will throw him into a whirlwind of disturbing events. His mood quickly declines and, to confirm his suspicion that a presence is haunting him, he carries out a series of experiments, noting that this strange being drinks from his milk and water, not touching anything solid. What at first starts as a feeling of strangeness, quickly takes over your mind, calling into question your certainties about yourself, your body, your senses and the world around you. In this show we take this place, this non-place of absolute doubt to question our way of looking for the character, his (our) body, his (our) setting. Desire materializes in this increasingly frantic search drive for a phantom that is perhaps our reflection. In these thrusts, increasingly deeper, the body ceases to respond to our orders and looks for the exits itself. Through a scenic composition that changes and expands, and an audiovisual proposal that continually challenges us, we are Horla in an industrial space dating from the beginning of the 20th century. XX in Marville. All paths remain open, when, on a stage, we mix actors and desire. Tickets can be purchased at BOL


Text, dramaturgy and staging – Miguel Maia, based on the short story O Horla, by Guy de Maupassant Interpretation and Support for Creation – Alice Medeiros, João Gaspar, Marta Rijo, Vitor Alves da Silva Creation support – Inês Tarouca Scenic space and costumes – Sara Franqueira and Joana Saboeiro Light design – Manuel Abrantes Sound design and original music – Pedro Freixo Light Operation | Janaina Gonçalves Design – Cinara Peralta Pisco Video – Mário Jerónimo Negrao Photography – Sónia Godinho Press office – Levina Valentim Stage Direction – Antonio Milheirão Production Director – Paula Fernandes Production Assistant – Beatriz Sousa Production – Companhia Cepa Torta Support – Lisbon City Council, IFICT – Institute for Training, Research and Theater Creation, ONE your first stop, Soulpepper Lda Media Partners – Antena 2, Coffeepaste THANKS ADÃO, EIRA, Marvila Parish Council, OUT.RA, First Symptoms, Teatro Meridional, Terra Líquida Filmes, Maria Folha, João Diogo Lopes, Lúcia Faria, Manuela Albuquerque, Patrícia d'Almeida, Paula Freitas, Rita Folha, Teresa Folha .

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