« Antony looks at Cleopatra.
Cleopatra looks at Antony.
Cleopatra inhales.
Antony inhales.
Cleopatra exhales.
Antony exhales. »

Portuguese dancers and choreographers Sofia Dias and Vitor Roriz are Antony and Cleopatra. They tell a well-known tale of love, betrayal and death. Entirely in French to add spice to the task.

Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare, or how to pay a tribute to giants with a minimum of artifice and a great deal of talent (and humour!): this is creativity defined by Tiago Rodrigues.

The duo is dressed in jeans and t-shirts. Their set is minimalistic: a multi-purpose mobile gives a body to missing characters such as Cesar and Pompey while mimicking precious net curtains and thick palace walls. The accessories: a record player, two glasses and a carafe.

With just a few handpicked words, unmistakable looks and carefully-weighted gestures, the pair brings a myth back to life. For a moment out there one can actually see Antony and Cleopatra with their dignified and despicable entourage.

To those out there looking for the true «power of imagination»: this is it.

Sofia Dias and Vitor Ruis are Antony and Cleopatra for Tiago Rodrigues
Sofia Dias and Vitor Ruis are Antony and Cleopatra for Tiago Rodrigues

Illustration © Araso

Antoine et Cléopâtre at the Bastille Theater in Paris until October 8th 2016
With the Autumn Festival in Paris
A 2015 creation by Tiago Rodrigues, with excerpts from Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare