The director, Nuno Cardoso, who takes over the role as artistic director of the São João National Theater in Porto, said today that his role will be based on the “empowerment of what was done”.
“The work of the National Theater of St. John [TNSJ] will be a work of empowerment of what has been done and of the inheritance that is left to me by artistic directors who have had great strength, each his way, “said Nuno Cardoso on the sidelines of the press essay on the play ‘Bella Figura’, which took place this afternoon at the Carlos Alberto Theater in Porto.
The director, who had as its predecessors Eduardo Paz Barroso, Ricardo Pais and Nuno Carinhas (in addition to José Wallenstein, in a short period of 2001/2002), also clarified that the programming, which defines Ao Cabo Teatro, where since 2007 he is artistic director, will not influence the programming of the national theatre of Porto.
“Ao Cabo Teatro will always follow ‘thirty’ with everyone who does not need me to make a play, and a company as strong or even stronger than it has been until today,” he said.
Nuno Cardoso also emphasized the role of the TNSJ “in the city, in the region and in the country”, and the legacy of its previous artistic directors like Ricardo Pais, Eduardo Paz Barroso and Nuno Carinhas.
“Everyone, in his own way, but above all Ricardo Pais, for his brilliance and Nuno Carinhas, for his delicacy and how he recreated the TNSJ, bequeath a theatre that is a milestone in Portugal and in Europe,” he said.
Nuno Cardoso, who will take office in January 2019, added that “it does not seem even possible to think of a public service as if it thinks an independent company, which also serves the public, but which, in fact, is something else.”
The newly appointed director of the TNSJ has a career spanning almost three decades, having been programming coordinator of the Carlos Alberto Theater between 2003 and 2007 when São João was directed by Ricardo Pais.
The director has worked as Shakespeare and Tchékhov, and staged playwrights like Aeschylus, Sophocles, Molière, Racine, Henrik Ibsen, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Federico García Lorca, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Lars Norén, Sarah Kane and Marius von Mayenburg, among others.
At the same time, Nuno Cardoso has developed theatrical projects of a community or non-professional nature, such as the one he made at the Prison in Paços de Ferreira in 2001, based on Shakespeare’s ‘Ricardo II’, played by young people living in the neighbourhood of Cova da Moura (2207), or ‘Porto S. Bento’ (2012), with residents of the Historic Center of Porto.
Wedekind’s “Springtime Awakening” (2004), Büchner’s “Woyzeck” the following year, and Tchékhov’s “Platonov” in 2008 are among the works he staged at the TNSJ.
‘Coriolano’ by Shakespeare (2004), and ‘Veraneantes’, by Gorky, in 2007, were works of his own in coproduction with this National Theater.
With the performance of “Demónios”, by Lars Norén, Nuno Cardoso received the Authors 2016 Prize from the Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA), in the category of best show.