Text Maria Teresa Horta
Music António Chagas Rosa
Staging and illustrations Toni Casalonga
Direction Roland Hayrabedian
Inspired by Maria Teresa Horta's poetry, Chagas Rosa’s tale is much more than a story about witches. The women use their magic powers to fiercely resist the Inquisition’s institutional powers. This tale, a true allegory of Mother Earth and her traditions, is our ticket to the heart of Portuguese culture.
Its very simple form gives a unique force to the story. Written in verse, the text allows the music to develop both fully.
The story is told in three parts : the witches' song, then the Inquisitors' song and finally the sacrifice by fire.
This tale’s visual aspect is entrusted to Toni Casalonga, a fine connoisseur of Portuguese culture.
Co-production Pigna Casa Musical, Musicatreize, Bernardines Culturgest Theatre in Lisbon. With the support of the France Telecom Foundation and the Support Foundation for Lyric Creation.