A duet-essay by Ricardo Machado inspired by Mark Diston, Mia Distonia and Masculinities
Born without a purpose, Markulus is a creature of his own invention. Flesh crystallizing an image, pose quoting genre, voice not daring transformism. He is real. He is static. He plays with the audience.
Forged in the most powerful of the original creatures (the masculine-feminine), Markulus decides his own re-invention. She is a myth. She dances. She evokes the gods.
Markulus orders. Under his tongue, a single word he does not want to pronounce: M-A-S-C-U-L-I-N-I-T-Y.
Fears reflection, looks for a prop. Unlives. Faces the mirror, dismisses fantasy. Builds-up.
If the performativity he experiences on stage is not a fiction of himself, then the humanity we see in his naked body is real.
Direction, concept and set design: Ricardo Machado
Performers: Mia Distonia and Ricardo Machado
Artistic consultant: Costanza Givone
Texts: Mia Distonia
Light design: Cláudia Batista Valente
Music: Claude Debussy, David Lang, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Sandoz
Set design support: Coletivo Monte
Production: Ricardo Machado
Production support: Catarina Alfaia
Coproduction: Outro Vento, Circolando, Centro de Artes de Ovar and Largo Residências
Creation support: Fundação GDA and O Espaço do Tempo
Photos: Ivo Rodrigues
2019 | 50 minutes