The Lusiads in the Zoo

2005 Co-produção com o Museu Zoológico da Universidade de Coimbra

The Lusiads in the Zoo is the third work where we interact with a scientific institution, this time Museu Zoológico da Universidade de Coimbra, and was specifically conceived to be be presented in the museum, in a similar way we had previously done in Revolution of the Celestial Bodies, in Museu da Ciência e da Técnica.
We consider stimulating not only the thematic interaction between theatre and science but also the use of places, historical or not, usually utilized for scientific use. For this reason, we are always available to face challenges in this area.


In the adaptation we made from The Lusiads of Luís de Camões we opted for a chronological view of Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India in order to synchronize it with the other voyage made by the audience during the show – the one throughout the museum.
We start in the quay, filled with lusitan vessels ready to depart, and where the crowd gathers to say farewell to their beloved ones. An important part is the famous episode of the Velho do restelo.
Then the voyage passes along the western African coast and there’s a poetic description of what Portuguese sailors have found in these new lands. This coast ends in the Torments Cape where we meet the impressive figure of Adamastor who suffers from an unsuccessful love affair.
Passed the cape we attend to the God’s council, in Olympus, where decide Portuguese’s destiny. Meanwhile, they are already sailing in the vast Indian Ocean where they cross a violent storm and reach, at last, Indian land.
There, after some peace and friendship promises exchanged between Vasco da Gama and the Samorim, the Portuguese head to Portugal carrying some proofs of the new maritime discovery. During that return voyage they are rewarded by Venus who offers them Love Island filled with nymphs and pleasures, where they could refresh before the final part of the voyage until Lisbon. They arrived home two years and two months after they had left.
This performance was premièred on February 28th, 2005, in Coimbra, in Museu Zoológico da Universidade de Coimbra, included in de celebrations of Semana Cultural da Universidade de Coimbra, and was presented until March 20th of the same year.


Discussion and ideas: Ana Val-do-Rio, Filipe de Góis, Mário Montenegro, Ricardo Trindade, Rita Juliana e Rui Capitão | Direction and adaptation: Filipe de Góis e Mário Montenegro | Original soundtrack: Rui Capitão | Video: Mário Montenegro e Ricardo Trindade | Costume: Rita Juliana Carvalho | Lighting: Mário Montenegro e Museu Zoológico da U.C. | Technical operation: Alexandre Lemos, Rui Capitão | Stage design | MARIONET e Museu Zoológico da UC | Hairstyling: Ilídio Design | Performed by: Ana Val-do-Rio, Filipe de Góis, Mário Montenegro e Ricardo TrindadeProduction: MARIONET 2005


Ilídio Design, INATEL – Delegação de Coimbra, MAFIA – Federação Cultural de Coimbra, RUC


Clube Náutico Figueira da Foz (Dr. Miguel Amaral, Sr. Jaime), Associação Cristã da Mocidade, Sr. Fraga, Luís Pedro Madeira, Maria Isabel Costa, Teatro/Educação-ESEC, XM, TEUC, RUC, RDP, Maria João Feio, Marina Dolbeth, Sr. João, Fátima Lemos, Paula Mota, Mário Teixeira, Margarida Sousa, Alexandre Lemos.