BÔ IS THE DONKEY WHICH CARRIES ME
Whosoever for a long life wishes, wishes to see himself deceived. For what I see them call life, be not life, but rather a form of failing. And since in the sad ending, the undeceit begins, I don’t know who would wish that a life of deceit might endure. I have much to do and have done nothing.
The composition of tragicomedy and its many contradictions.
In terms of the subjects which serve as the substance (material) for his plays, Gil Vicente follows the Greek tradition and places History centre-stage; the human, social and political conflicts drawn from History itself as they happened, at each moment of his own existence.
Tragicomedy was, perhaps, the term for literary works (like those of Gil Vicente) which included within one figure the best men (superior to what they are – tragedy) and the worst (inferior to what they are, ridiculous – comedy), just as Aristotle had done in his Poetics.
The show ‘Bô is the donkey which carries me’ features a parade of Gil Vicente’s characters and all the vileness of their lowly traits. By making use of a reredos showing what Teatro Vicentino offers us (a multiform microcosm in the form of a cheerful procession depicting all the social strata of his time), we are able to construct a parade of allegorical characters representing his criticism of the age and how he viewed the society he lived in. A criticism of the vices, habits and customs of that society, punctuated by the venality of the magistracy, anti-Zionism amongst the people, excessive concern for appearances, pretentiousness, popular prejudices and the conflicts between Royal Power and Ecclesiastical Power.
‘Bô is the donkey which carries me’ is a small sample of the work of an author that represents a lesson in intellectual freedom and is a mirror on the Philosophy of the age in which he lived.
SATURDAYS AT THE CASTLE | BÔ IS THE DONKEY WHICH CARRIES ME
25 MAY | 1, 8, 15 & 22 JUNE | 19:00
all ages | Castelo de S. Jorge ticket
staged by JORGE GOMES RIBEIRO
COMPANHIA DA ESQUINA