Marco Martins proposes in WILD a reflection on the use of the mask in ritualistic practices that, since time immemorial, collectively mark crucial moments in Europe, such as the equinoxes and solstices, integrating characters such as the Wild Man, the Bear, the Goat or the Devil.


We are increasingly a society of masks that hide behind a virtual world. What is the current meaning of mask? How can living with the sanitary mask transform each person's activity, activism and identity? We live in a daily life full of avatars, caricatures, memes, applications that allow you to transform the face and body and various types of filters capable of blurring the line between faces and masks. Based on the investigation of the ancestral meaning of the mask, WILD will map its value as an identity possibility, as well as the complexity inherent to the multiplication and intersection of identities.

director Marco Martins

original idea Renzo Barsotti

text and dramaturgy Marco Martins and Patrícia Portela from the cast’s contribution

collaboration and dramaturgical support Alexander Gerner, Charles Fréger, Giovanni CarroniRita Cabaço, Vânia Rovisco

cast Andrea Loi, Giuseppe Carai, Luís Meneses, Marco Abbà, Rafael Costa, Riccardo Spanu and Rubens Ortu


music Miguel Abras

set designer Fernando Brízio 

other masks Charles Fréger

scenographic project, production and assembly ArtWorks

light designer Nuno Meira

light operation Ricardo Campos

sound designer and sound operation Sérgio Milhano

movement Vânia Rovisco

director’s assistant Rita Quelhas

research consultant Zé Pires

rehearsal support Giovanni CarroniRita Cabaço, Vânia Rovisco

consultant Doina Isfanoni

images Andreas Bentzon, Benjamim Pereira / Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação, I.P.

Arena Ensemble’s managing director Marta Delgado Martins

production assistant Mafalda Teles

production support (Bragança) Luís Manuel Costa

project coordinator and production director Mariana Brandão 

Rating 14+

Duration 1h 45

Premiere 25 March 2022, Culturgest, Lisbon


co-production Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos - Culturgest, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Teatro Municipal de Bragança, Rota Clandestina/Câmara Municipal de Setúbal, Teatro di Sardegna and Arena Ensemble


support Artopia


collaboration Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa


acknowledgments Alessio Masones, António Câmara Manuel, Fernando Tiza, Júlia Almeida e Miguel Rodrigues, Kimberley Ribeiro, Maria Rotar e Teatrul Excelsior, Maurizio Masones, Octávio Marrão, Sòtziu Tenore Nugoresu


with the financial support of República Portuguesa - Ministério da Cultura / Direcção Geral das Artes


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