Marco Martins


Beatriz Batarda, Luísa Cruz e Sara Carinhas

The atmosphere is nauseating. Yet they breathe it in.

The moment their employer leaves the house, fantasy unleashes in the imagination of two sisters who carry themselves away from their own lives in an imperative escape from a miserable existence. Through Marco Martins’s interpretation of Genet’s text, the stage becomes an enclosed space where Beatriz Batarda, Sara Carinhas and Luísa Cruz explore the different identities of characters in the making.

“Rejecting the virtues of your world, criminals irrevocably agree to the establishment of a parallel universe. They agree to inhabit this universe. The atmosphere is nauseating: yet they are able to breathe it in.”

Jean Genet

Technical sheet

by Jean Genet
translated by Matilde Campilho
director Marco Martins
cast Beatriz Batarda, Luísa Cruz, Sara Carinhas

set designer F. Ribeiro
costume designer Isabel Carmona
movement Victor Hugo Pontes
lighting designer Nuno Meira
sound designer Sérgio Milhano

photographer Filipe Ferreira
lighting designer’s assistant Cárin Geada
production director Narcisa Costa
Arena Ensemble’s managing director Marta Delgado Martins

production Arena Ensemble
co-production Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II and Teatro Viriato hug
rating 16+
duration 1h45mins
first performed 10th November 2016, Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II, Lisbon


© Filipe Ferreira