Imagine yourself in a crowded place by a table for two. There is a person in front of you, yet you can only act by the given script. How do you feel, restrained or comfortable?
This is the Etiquette, an Autoteatro* experience for two people sitting across from each other, which premiered in London in 2007. Having toured around the world, the show finally lands in Lisbon.
The show offers the fantasy of speaking with someone without having to plan what you say, and the resulting thrill of disowning responsibility in a performance situation. Conversation is shown to be a kind of theatre whereby 'audience' and 'actor' roles are imperceptibly assumed and exchanged.
You will have a chance to explore human communication at its rawest and most delicate, and explore the difficulty of turning our thoughts into words we can trust. A young girl and an old man lead the participants into several micro-situations, often borrowed from film or theatre, wherein the private worlds shared between two people split and reform incessantly.
Since it’s opening Etiquette has been translated into 15 languages** and has been presented in more than 22 countries around the world.
*In Autoteatro audience members perform the piece themselves, for each other. Participants are given instruction via audio, visual cues or text for what to do or say. By simply following these instructions an event begins to unfold.
** Portuguese, English, Français, русский (Russian), Español, 日本語 (Japanese), 普通话/中国 (Mandarin / Chinese), Italiano, Hrvatski (Croatian), Nederlands, Cymraeg (Welsh), Český (Czech), Deutsch, Polski, Slovenski (Slovene), Magyar (Hungarian).
by Rotozaza (Ant Hampton and Silvia Mercuriali)
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