Tiago Rodrigues [Portugal]
Yesterday’s Man is the result of the first meeting between two theatre-makers, the Lebanese Rabih Mroué and the Portuguese Tiago Rodrigues. They later met with Tony Chakar, an architect and writer also from Lebanon, and the Belgian set and lighting designer Thomas Walgrave (tg STAN).
Yesterday’s Man describes the voyage of a stranger who’s confronted with an ever changing city, Beirut. The project is based on the hypothesis that every city has another city beneath it, and below that another and so on. From time to time, and for unknown reasons, fragments of these hidden cities rise to the surface, confronting the present in the supposedly new city; they appear brusquely or hesitantly and sometimes with harshness and cruelty.
Yesterday’s Man is an attempt to overlap the present with the past and even with the unknown future.
performance by Tiago Rodrigues, Rabih Mroué, Tony Chakar | with Tiago Rodrigues | set and lighting design Thomas Walgrave | executive producer Magda Bizarro | assistant Joelle Aoun | production Mundo Perfeito & Alkantara (Portugal) | support Direcção Geral das Artes / Ministério da Cultura (Portugal), Instituto Camões (Lisbon), Ashkal Alwan (Beirut), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon) | performance presented at Girona, Marseille, Lisbon, Ljubljana and Cagliari, in the frame of the project Sites of Imagination