His grandfathers are European and African, his great-grandparents were Portuguese jews, Indians and Chinese. Victor de Oliveira has a complex family history that makes him proud of his multiple identities; but it has not always been all that simple. Limbo through his author’s biography, touches on the themes of origin, slavery, colonialism and exile: often taboo matters in Portugal as in many other western democracies.
In an intense solo rooted in a mosaic of personal memories, interviews, readings and encounters, the director-actor questions the man, in a kaleidoscope of references, the reasons for the denial of history, the disputes of collective memory, and the experience of growing up in uncertainty.
Victor de Oliveira is an actor and director born in Mozambique in 1971. He began his theater career in Lisbon, later attending the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique in Paris. After graduating, he worked in France, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and England. Parallel to his work as an actor and director, he is developing a training program for young actors, especially in the field of African dramaturgy. He teaches at the Institut d'études théâtrales of the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle and at ERACM (École régionale d'acteurs de Cannes et Marseille).
Official photos: Joana Linda
Co-production: Teatro do Bairro Alto (Lisbon), Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes) with the support of: Roundabout.LX (Lisbon), Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, La Colline – Théâtre National (Paris), Le Grand T – Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique (Nantes)
Thanks to: Catherine Blondeau, Edgar de Oliveira, Marta Angelozzi, Ana Maria Akau, Marisa Chinak, Bick Yuen Chinak, Joaquim Abreu, José Cam Fok, Vitor Vargilal, Francisco de Oliveira, Maria Virgínia Monteiro, Antonio de Almeida Mendes