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"Romance da Última Cruzada" / Foto: Visões Úteis



“Romance of the Last Crusade” was the second original creation of Visões Úteis in 2016, a year we dedicated to the theme "Biographies". Inspired by the ways of representing war experiences, the show reflects on how the representation of biographies shapes the very construction of our memory and identity. 

Romance of the Last Crusade is an original creation by Ana Vitorino and Carlos Costa and a coproduction between Visões Úteis / Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente / Teatro Municipal de Vila Real.

It opened on november 16th 2016 at Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente in Coimbra.

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"Yuck Factor" Imagem: Visões Úteis

"Nowadays, everything happens very fast. We get attached to each other very quickly."


This month our new original creation opens in Porto: "Yuck Factor" proposes a menu of food and disgust, and questions the very notion of European identity.

In"Yuck Factor" we follow the work of a very particular team, as it prepares and takes on an event, suitable for guests of different nationalities.

An opportunity to clarify and share the regulations and procedures which are crucial to the success of any meeting. But also an opportunity to reflect on today's Europe, the frail construction of our common identity and the dangers of growing intolerances. 

PORTO: Teatro Carlos Alberto
Date: de 25 to 29 november 

OVAR: Centro de Arte
Date: 12 december

texto e direção Ana Vitorino, Carlos Costa cenografia e figurinos Inês de Carvalho banda sonora original e sonoplastia João Martins com voz de Rita Camões desenho de luz José Carlos Gomes coordenação de produção Marina Freitas interpretação Ainhoa Hevia Uria, Ana Vitorino, Carlos Costa, Cristóvão Carvalheiro coprodução Visões Úteis, Centro de Arte de Ovar acolhimento Teatro Nacional São João

Last modified on Monday, 22 January 2018 14:32

"trans/mission" - Design:João Martins, Photo:Paulo Pimenta

Design: João Martins Photo: Paulo Pimenta

Era after era, from one Messiah to another, whether looking down our noses, whether hanging our head down. Yet always in herd. We manage, don’t we?"

In "trans/mission" a musician and a playwright share with the audience their work process in the creation of an Opera, which they hope will be revolutionary. A work that deals with the struggle and hardships of trying to organize and mobilize any sort of collective - be it an artistic team, a community or a whole population... of which the Portuguese is a specially good example.

However, throughout this public presentation, the divisions between the two artists become evident, as they engage in an open conflict that threatens to ruin the whole project!

“trans/mission” is a hybrid show, mixing theatre and music, in which the artistic collaborative process is used as the mirror of a national identity that seems incapable to mobilize and to inscribe itself historically. The play uses humor to explore the tension between thinking and acting, and our apparent incapacity to move on from accurate diagnostics to concrete change.

"trans/mission" is a coproduction between Visões Úteis and the Municipal Theatre of Porto and it included, in it's creation process, a group of special partnerships and collaborations in Music (NEFUP, Sonoscopia, Porta-Jazz, Ensemble Super Moderne), Photography (Paulo Pimenta and guest photographers invited by Mira Forum) and Sociology (Departamento de Sociologia da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto).

The play opened on the 21st of May 2015 in Porto, and is currently available for touring, both in Portuguese and in English.


Written and Directed by: Ana Vitorino, Carlos Costa, João Martins 

Original soundtrack and Sound Design: João Martins 

Cast: Carlos Costa (playwright), João Martins (musician)

Running Time: aprox. 60 minutes

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"Biodegradables" - a coproduction with National Theatre São João with the collaboration of two major laboratories: Grupo 3B’s  (Minho University) and IPATIMUP (Porto University)

A reflection about the physical effects of the passing of time, the way in which we deal with our finitude, as individuals and as a species, and the influence of technological ans scientific developments on our definition of "human".

"Biodegradáveis" parte de uma reflexão em torno dos limites da Biologia humana e do contacto próximo com investigadores científicos, para chegar, com uma saudável dose de humor à mistura, a uma celebração da contínua renovação da vida.

"A transformação em palco, seja de veteranos, seja de jovens, famosos ou desconhecidos, não cessa de deslumbrar. A actuação é pessoal, ao ponto de confundir o espectador sobre os limites convencionais da ficção e realidade, como não pode deixar de ser sempre que a actuação é boa." Jorge Louraço Figueira in Jornal Público

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Paulo Lisboa

This part of our website is dedicated to Paulo Lisboa, an actor and director from Brazil, who founded Visões Úteis in 1994, and died in 1996. If you need more information, in english, about Paulo Lisboa, please contact us. And we still have with us many of Paulo`s work (adaptations, photos, poetry etc). If you want to take a look, just give us a call. Read More

Paulo Lisboa

Visões Úteis is funded by

Secretário de Estado da CulturaDirectorate-General for the Arts (DGARTES)

Visões Úteis is a member of

Plateia - Associação dos Profissionais das Artes CénicasIETM - International Network for Contemporary Performing ArtsAnna Lindh Foundation

Visões Úteis é associado

Associação dos Amigos do Teatro da Liberdade da Palestina - The Freedom Theatre e ZERO - Associação Sistema Terreste Sustentável