In addition to the extensive and exciting scientific component of our International Conference “Theatre about Science“, which will take place between November 9th and 11th in Coimbra, the programme also includes three shows that will be presented not only to the event’s participants, but also open to the general public.
Here are some details about these performances, two of them absolute premieres in Portugal. We hope you’ll join us!
“Nikola Tesla and the Mother of Invention” (Matheatre, USA)
NOV 9th / 9:30pm / Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente
Electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla’s role model was an uneducated, illiterate housewife – his mother Djuka. Djuka tinkered, experimented, and invented, making a science out of the domestic sphere. This musical exploration of Djuka and her most famous invention – her son Nikola – tells the story of the magnetic push and pull of family bonds, the branching currents of freedom and choices, and balancing surprising sources of energy.
“iMmaculate” (Marionet, PT)
NOV 10th / 9:30pm / Convento São Francisco
Six decades after the invention of the first oral female contraceptive, does this technological development represent liberation for women today? “iMmaculate” reflects on the ways in which the pill is perceived, the ways in which it is used and the social transformations it has brought about. In current society, when we discuss issues such as these related to sexuality, we venture into a field that is still unclear and full of doubts, myths and inhibitions. Our intention with this show is to create a space open to questioning and reflection. Regarded by some people as the mother of the sexual revolution, the pill has been disputed as to its paternity? Why this need to find a father?
“The weather in the clouds” (Teatro para Armar, ES)
11 NOV / 5:45pm / Teatro Paulo Quintela
Kara and Bering are two “cloud chasers” who arrive in the present day from the year 2106 to solve a very serious problem: it’s stopped raining on the blue planet. Thanks to a series of experiments with water they will discover, with the help of the audience, how to bring the clouds back to the 22nd Century and save the planet. A theatre show for the whole family that combines entertainment, education, and audience participation. A proposal to raise environmental awareness through scientific dissemination.