Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
10 – 12 February 2022

This project focuses on the lives of Portuguese anti-fascists and freedom fighters from ex-colonies such as Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde who, in their fights against the fascist colonial dictatorship, lived in Eastern European Socialist countries to receive training. What impact did the time spent on the other side of the Iron Curtain, sometimes lasting several years, have on their lives? Did it change their perception of communism? Some left the party after this experience. Others remained communists. Some also formed romantic relationships and started families on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Some of these families were actually torn apart with the collapse of communism in 1989.

Based on testimonies collected from those who lived through these situations and autobiographical stories of the performers (from Angola, Cape Verde, Czech Republic, Germany, Mozambique, Portugal) concerning their families or their own past in former Eastern Europe, this performance questions the interactions between love, family ties and politics.


Created by: André Amálio and Tereza Havlíčková
Cast: André Amálio, Andreia Galvão, Beatrice Cordier, Jorge Cabral, Mbalango, Tereza Havlíčková
Assistant director: Cheila Lima
Set designer: Ana Paula Rocha
Set designer assistant: Aurora dos Campos
Lighting Designer and Technical Director: Joaquim Madaíl
Video: Marta Salazar
A co-production between Culturgest Lisbon, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) and Euro-scene Leipzig
Residencies: O Espaço do Tempo, Armazém 22, Euro-scene Leipzig, Passages Transfestival – Metz, Zero Point Festival (Czech Republic) and Schloss Bröllin
Project funded by the Portuguese Fund for the Promotion of Culture – Internationalization of the Portuguese Republic – Ministry of Culture / DGArtes
Hotel Europa theatre company is funded by DGArtes

More about the performance at the Culturgest website.