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A young man in a white wig and black sunglasses à la Andy Warhol kneels in a praying posture in front of a blue curtain, a bright spotlight is directed at him.
© Bruno Simão
A young man in a white wig and black sunglasses à la Andy Warhol kneels in a praying posture in front of a blue curtain, a bright spotlight is directed at him.
© Bruno Simão
International Summer Festival 2022
Theatre / Music

Gus Van Sant

Trouble

With his first musical theater production, world-renowned film director Gus Van Sant creates a dazzling Andy Warhol portrait on the widescreen stage.

Tickets:

24 / 14 Euro (conc. from 9 Euro, 50% conc. with Festivalkarte)

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With films such as »My Own Private Idaho« and »Milk«, Gus Van Sant is considered a protagonist of New Queer Cinema, exploring the emotional worlds of closeted characters with a sensitive eye TROUBLE is his first play written and directed. In a fictional narrative, it deals with the beginnings of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol and the radical upheavals of the 1960s, and shows how the young, gay Catholic developed his fluid identity as a Pop artist – while remaining elusive as a myth to this day. Van Sant adopts the same curiously impartial observer position toward the theater with which Warhol approached art and filmed people with his camera. With a musical (composed by himself), Van Sant also chooses an art form known for its superficial popularity. And finally, he implements Warhol’s prophecy that in the future all young people will be famous and play roles. On stage, nine actors in their 20s from Portugal perform captivating dialogues and songs. The simplicity of Van Sant’s staging puts the focus on the text and gives the actors the freedom to unfold with unwavering enthusiasm. The result is a dense, atmospheric portrait of an artist whose ideas about
multiplying images and screens anticipated social media and image production today.

A young man in a white shirt and light brown pleated pants with blandly combed-back hair and glasses kneels on the stage, a picture pressed to his chest.
© Bruno Simão
A young woman with short blond hair and large creoles wears a belly-baring, shiny pink two-piece. She stands in a spotlight, extending her right hand upward, her left leg bent backward.
© Bruno Simão
A young blonde actress lies reading on a couch, in the background an Andy Warhol look alike on the phone, everything is bathed in purple light.
© Bruno Simão
The photo is bathed in cold light, blurred in the foreground are three actors, one of them topless and in a lying position, in the background a young man plays a white electric guitar.
© Bruno Simão
Several actors are sitting around a standing actor in a blue shirt and cowboy hat in a cloud of dry ice, in the background a large portrait of a woman and fluffy pink flokati carpet.
© Bruno Simão
An Andy Warhol look-alike sits on a couch looking dejected, in the background three actors hang a banner, everything is bathed in purple light.
© Bruno Simão
In the center of the photo stands an Andy Warhol look-alike with his mouth slightly open, around him some actors are facing him. One kneels at his feet, others operate a large film camera.
© Bruno Simão
The name Andy is emblazoned in large letters on white banners in the background, two actors are lying in a bed in the foreground, two others are moving in the background.
© Bruno Simão
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»A flamboyant and preposterous comedy.«

The New York Times

Text, Music, Direction: Gus Van Sant With: Carolina Amaral, Diogo Fernandes, Francisco Monteiro, Helena Caldeira, João Gouveia, Lucas Dutra, Martim Martins, Miguel Amorim, Valdemar Brito Artistic Collaboration: John Romão Musical Direction: Paulo Furtado / The Legendary Tigerman Vocal Direction: João Henriques and Pessoa Junior Set Design: José Capela assisted by António Pedro Faria, with images by José Carlos Duarte Portraits: Bruno Simão Costumes: Joyce Doret (assisted by Luana Portella) Light Design: Rui Monteiro Sound Design: João Neves Sound-Technician: Rui Antunes Choreographic Support: Sónia Baptista Assistant Direction: Teresa Coutinho Stage Manager: Inês Carvalho e Lemos Technical director: Joaquim Madaíl Executive Producer: Filipe Metelo Head of Production: Marta Cavaco

PRODUCTION BoCA Biennial of Contemporary Arts

COPRODUCTION Kampnagel International Summer Festival, National Theatre D. Maria II, deSingel, Festival Romaeuropa, Onassis Foundation, La Comédie de Reims, Théâtre de la Cité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Teatro Calderón

SUPPORTED BY Teatro Thalia, Suspenso