King Oedipus by SillySeason


  • CCB . 17, 18, and 19 February. Small Auditorium
  • Friday at 21:00 | Saturday at 7 pm | Sunday at 4 pm (a session with interpretation in Portuguese Sign Language)
  • Creation and direction SillySeason (Cátia Tomé, Ivo Saraiva e Silva, Ricardo Teixeira)
  • Interpretation Cátia Tomé, Ivo Saraiva e Silva, Mónica Calle, Rafael Carvalho,
  • Ricardo Teixeira, Vitor Silva Costa
  • Scenography SillySeason
  • Costumes and props SillySeason, Inês Ariana
  • Sound Operation João Gomes
  • Support for the sound space Ricardo Remédio
  • Support for the Rodrigo Teixeira movement
  • Manuel Abrantes light design
  • Video operation Inês Paour
  • Camera operators Mariana Guarda, Ricardo Machado
  • Photography Alipio Padilha
  • Produced by Inês Pinto
  • ShowBuzz press office
  • Eduardo Breda promotional video
  • Graphic Design Rui Miguel Rodrigues
  • Portuguese Sign Language Interpreter Deolinda Grilo
  • Co-production Centro Cultural de Belém, Teatro Nacional São João, Theatro Circo, Teatro Municipal da Guarda, Teatro Diogo Bernardes

King Oedipus, by SillySeason, departs from the «western canon» of Sophocles’ Oedipal myth for contemporary times, allowing a reinterpretation and rewriting of the present time, through the exploration of various stages of recognition and the ethical pathos that accompanies it.

According to Harold Bloom, Oedipus may have a Hamlet complex, a pathology that leads him to «think not too much, but too well». This characteristic will tend to disappear throughout the creation proposed by the SillySeason collective, as a symbol of the distortion of reality in which we live. Today, thinking too well or thinking rationally is an impossible task, both in view of the dystopian era we live in and the lack of tools that allow filtering the information received. In King Oedipus, by SillySeason, the myth appears as a symbol of impossible judgment, immersed in distorted rhetoric, futurology, demagoguery, and mysticism, without the capacity to recognize the truth of the facts.

This will be our tragedy.

SillySeason is a collective of artists (Cátia Tomé, Ivo Saraiva e Silva and Ricardo Teixeira) that, since 2012, has allowed itself to think about theater and the performing arts, in a constant search for new models of creation. They have contributed to the production and deepening of new dramaturgy, in a constant reflection on what theater is, or what it could be. They promote the construction of objects that challenge their own usual logic along with a structure that speculates the multifaceted spectacle. His work is based mainly on the notion of crisis, demystifying it, and proposing new dimensions of a social, political, and historical nature, among others, in order to solidify an increasingly urgent discourse about a future.

The conversation around the work Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, by Francis Bacon

Free admission upon presentation of the ticket for the show

In a visit to the work Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, by Francis Bacon (1909–1992), we will show how this artist reinterprets and reflects on the moment when Oedipus meets the Sphinx at the door of Thebes. In this 1983 painting, considered one of his greatest works, Francis Bacon manages, as Jean-François Chougnet says, to translate an «isolation of figures and the contraction of time in tragedy».

  • February 18th at 6:00 pm / February 19th at 3:00 pm
  • Prior registration is required by email: (until 13:00 on February 17th)
  • Visit duration 30 minutes approximately
  • Meeting point at the CCB Ticket Office
  • limited capacity

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