Asn Ala Tyr Lys Lys Gly Glu



September, 28th, 2012 | 21h30 and 23h00 | at the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra

About the Performance

Following “Mr. de Chimpanzee” and “The Flies are Rats that Fly”, marionet and the Science Museum collaborate again creating a new play written and acted by scientists and presented during the European Researcher’s Night.

“Asn Ala Tyr Lys Lys Gly Glu” is a product of the imagination of the team involved in this project and results from the challenge of trying to cross science and sports. In the process of discussion and creation of the play, a amino acids sequence became central to our work, and we used part of that sequence to title the play. “Asn Ala Tyr Lys Lys Gly Glu” is a very special protein. It has been synthesized by scientists in a theatrical lab and, just like endorphin, provoques a sensation of pleasure, well being and, sometimes, even euphory.


José, neuroscientist, ears a conversation between a scientist and a sportswoman, and has the idea for the project of his life: creating the perfect human being. The play relates his path since his epiphany until the project’s final prototype, and accompanies a multidisciplinary team that tries to create an extra big step in human species’ evolution.
Pole vaulting in the evolution of the species.

Creative and technical team

Discussion and ideas: Carlos Matos, Catarina Ferreira, Filipa Oliveira, Isabel Nunes Correia, Joana Cardoso, Joana Vindeirinho, Liliana Gil, Mário Montenegro, Patrícia Lopes, Rui Fausto, Rui Soares, Sara Amaral, Sónia Ferreira | Text: Isabel Nunes Correia, Mário Montenegro, Sara Amaral | Cast: Filipa Oliveira, Isabel Nunes Correia, Liliana Gil, Patrícia Lopes, Rui Fausto, Sara Amaral, Sónia Ferreira | Direction: Mário Montenegro | Costumes and props: Joana Cardoso | Hair: Carlos Gago | Lighting: Mário Montenegro | Video and teaser: Rodrigo Lacerda | Sound capture assistant: Catarina Ferreira | Technical assistance: Alexandre Lemos | Photography: Francisca Moreira | Executive producers: Filipa Heitor, Lígia Anjos

Co-production: marionet | Science Museum of the University of Coimbra


Governo de Portugal – Direcção-Geral das Artes, Câmara Municipal de Coimbra, Fundação Bissaya Barreto, Ilídio Design, MAFIA – Federação Cultural de Coimbra, EU Seventh Framework Programme, Marie Curie Program, Universidade de Coimbra