Pleasure Gardens. Performance
The dramaturgy for Pleasure Gardens departs from a set of texts written in a period of intense reflection and action in Europe, between 1881 and 1891, by Paul Gauguin, Louise Michel, William Morris and Oscar Wilde and reflects on the possibility of application of social and political utopias and, more specifically, their application to an exuberant, solar, non-western landscape. 'Pleasure Gardens' is, in fact, an historical concept describing a specific garden typology that develpoed in England throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. it marks not only a new understanding of the garden as a democratic space in which different social strata could mix, but also the appearance of a new social class driven by leisure concerns. In Guedes's project, these 'pleasure gardens' act as an allegory of sorts, a place in which to enact the 'new', the rupture and, eventually, the revolution. Even though it may be difficult to consider Pleasure Gardens a theatre play, it clearly reflects Guedes's interest in the model of the one-act play, that was first experimented with in relatively improvised plays performed in factories during the Industrial Revolution in England, and went on to become one of the most used dramaturgical temporal units during the 20th century. The one-act functions as a kind of cinematic sequence-plan taking place in one location and characterized by no interruption of the chronological unit and no change of setting. December 16th, 10 pm and 11 pm, Following presentations: December 17th, 10 pm, January 7th, 14th and 21st, 10 pm.