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Wilde from “Lady Windermere’s” Fan by Oscar Wilde

After the big success of Moçambique by Jorge Andrade in season 17/18, the theatre company from Portugal Mala Voadora is coming back to Luxembourg: this time with a stunning adaptation in English of Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde.

 

Lady Windermere’s Fan is a play by Oscar Wilde that criticizes the conventions of Victorian society: the moralism of “reputations” and the reduction of “virtue” to a matter of appearance. Instead of a happy ending that results from the hero’s “restoration of truth”, Oscar Wilde builds a plot in which the characters’ happiness is guaranteed by the cunning construction of a lie by a woman of dubious reputation.

 

To picture this distant Victorian reality, Mala Voadora and director Jorge Andrade took the radio version of Oscar Wilde’s play produced by BBC Radio 7 and directed by David Johnson as a starting point – a record of a past performance, itself an appropriation of a piece from its past. In the performance, a group of actors and dancers try to make this recording their own: doing playback, trying to overlap the recor-ding voices, performing only actions, singing operetta and dancing. Mala Voadora also gave all the characters the appearance of an ideal woman – feminine and elegant – thus confusing the differences between good and bad, men and women, young and old. They invited the dancer and choreographer Miguel Pereira to join them making this show that celebrates diversity.

 

Lady Windermere’s Fan é uma peça de Oscar Wilde que critica as convenções da sociedade vitoriana: o moralismo das “reputações” e a redução da “virtude” a uma questão de aparência. Em vez de um final feliz que resulte da “reposição da verdade” pelo herói, Oscar Wilde constrói um enredo em que a felicidade das personagens é garantida pela ardilosa construção de uma mentira por uma mulher de reputação duvidosa.

 

A production: mala voadora and O Rumo do Fumo

Coproduction: Culturgest and Teatro Viriato

 

Opening Night the 29th of March 2019, 20.00

30th March, 20.00

Théâtre National du Luxembourg