The idea of the theatre school came up in 2007 after
our pilgrimage in Israel-Palestine. There we saw what
these two peoples are doing: with a high concrete wall
and checkpoints, Israel takes away freedom of movement from the Palestinians in many places, and a lot of
Palestinians are full of anger. We wanted to show people
from the Western world what is really happening, and to
show it in a way that they do not immediately forget it
again or say that it is nonsense, or think that they cannot
change anything anyway.
And this is exactly what we did with the theatre piece,
'The Black Shadow and the Riddle of the Princess'. It is
about a princess who lives in a castle with her parents
and the courtiers. They receive news from the world and
say only, “Leave us in peace!” or “We have more important things to do!” or “What can we do about it?” and
“Anyway this will not happen here.”
Suddenly a black shadow comes and turns everyone
except the princess to stone. Then she meets Cosmico,
the guardian of knowledge, who gives her a riddle to save
the world, and Merlin, a magician's apprentice who
cannot do magic. Together they find out what is really
happening in the world. They rescue children from different situations – a refugee child, a child-soldier, a girl
working in a factory and a girl who protects animals. And
then they solve the riddle together.
We toured through Germany and Switzerland with this
piece, and performed it 12 times there. Later we translated the piece into English and performed and filmed it.
Then we translated it into Portuguese and performed it in
Portugal. But we also had a lot of work before – a writing
workshop with Leila Dregger, and theatre school with
Rico Portilho. Rico taught us to really act, instead of only
learning a piece by heart.