“Sombras Andantes”: Andre Murakas’s play talks about authoritarian violence against homosexuals

The monologue tells a sequence of tales about homosexual women and men who have been persecuted and criminalized through the dictatorship.

A solo theater present, which mixes documentary and fiction to inform the tales of homosexuals persecuted and punished by the Estado Novo, premieres at the moment at Lisbon’s Aljube as a part of the premiere “Edes Patria a Familia” exhibition.

Conceived and interpreted by director, playwright and actor Andre Murakas, “Sombras Andantes” is “a group of tales about homosexual women and men who have been persecuted and criminalized through the dictatorship”, the director and playwright informed Lausanne.

“These are the silent love tales, which I’m taken with uncovering and never letting them fall into oblivion”, he asserted.

On stage, he tells the “tales of nameless residents”, with menial occupations akin to baker or workplace employee, based mostly on judicial police information, movies utilizing ‘voice overs’, objects, documentary items akin to newspaper clippings and movies. To dramatize the state of affairs, he counted.

The present started with Andre Murakas’ private curiosity in information of the Portuguese previous, which on this case lined the interval from the primary arrest for a criminal offense, to the event of energy and potential resistance via the intensification of police expenses.

Stories of individuals related to the present or political struggles may also be informed, such because the scandal of the “literatura de Sodom” of poet Antonio Botto and imprisoned dancer Valentim de Barros (who additionally killed writers Judith Teixeira and Raul Leal), or PCP chief Julio Fogaca. .

André Murakas desires to know this hidden or double life and to disclose this “parallel universe that developed, made up of people that weren’t a part of the system, who weren’t protected and who have been in peril”.

The present will tackle the nexus of drugs which, by emphasizing the pathological facet, helps to see homosexuality as one thing unhealthy, he stated, citing the instance of Valentim de Barros, who was given a lobotomy, or Doctor Aguas Moniz, who thought of homosexuality a illness and this thereby contributing to the creation of stigma and recognition of it as a criminal offense.

André Murakas indicators the present’s textual content, staging and scenography, nonetheless its sole interpreter on stage.

In his profession, theater solos are fixed, utilizing private objects, letters, drawings, house motion pictures to inform tales, crossing cinema with documentary, non-public with public.

In earlier solo works, he has explored the persecution of homosexuals by the Nazis and on the identical time, as a playwright and director, develops work in initiatives with different artists.

The director has a selected curiosity in highlighting characters (actual or fictional) whose lives are marked by the tragic facet however who nonetheless insist on not resigning, akin to Candida Branca Flor, Oscar Wilde or Reporter X.

“Sombras Andantes” can be on stage within the auditorium of the Museo do Aljube and entry is free by appointment at inscricoes@museudoaljube.pt.

According to André Murraças, the preliminary dates – at the moment and September 30, at 7:00 p.m., and September 24 and October 1, at 4:00 p.m. – are already bought out.

Meanwhile, two extra dates have been added – September 29, 7:00 pm and October 1, 7:00 pm – that are additionally near promoting out.

The present is a part of a parallel program of the short-term exhibition “Adeus Pátria e Família”, which was inaugurated on June 28 and can be open till January 29, 2023.

The exhibition presents a historical past of repression, wrestle and triumph for gender and sexual range through the dictatorship and after April 25, making an attempt to indicate how the strain between repression and resistance to sexual and gender range, all through the years, has been conditioned. Daily life and enduring repressive and discriminatory practices and discourses mark Portuguese society to at the present time.


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