The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2015

Performance of Moby Dick, based on Herman Melville’s novel

October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford

Free entrance / Performed in Portuguese with English subtitles / Total duration: 55 mins.

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Moby Dick
Performance of Moby Dick, based on Herman
Melville’s novel by the Portuguese theater
company teatromosca

The Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, along with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at Umass Dartmouth, present a performance of "Moby-Dick" by the Portuguese theater company teatromosca on Thursday, October 8th at 7:00pm in the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The play is spoken in Portuguese with English subtitles. The total length is approx. 55 mins. This event is free and open to the community.

A narrative of adventures for some and a metaphysical epic for others, Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’ may be summarized as the story of a whaling trip, a study on obsession and revenge and how these dominant human traits become the bane of a man. A fragmented narrative, in a way, disorderly, dynamic, assuming different literary modes: satire, drama, essay, encyclopedia, chronicle, lyrical ... In the first phase of the text, we follow the narrator Ishmael on the trip’s preparations. What we can consider the second part, on board of the Pequod, when Ishmael abandons the central role of the narrative and the focus is shifted to Ahab and his pursuit of the white whale. In a third moment, Ahab seems to measure forces with the Pequod’s second officer, the rational and prudent Starbuck. However, in the ultimate progress of the novel, the final confrontation with the white whale seems inevitable, and it ends chaotically, with the death of Captain Ahab and the whole crew, except for Ishmael who he is recovered as the novel’s narrator.

Teatromosca has already premiered this production, on the 19th December 2013, in Sintra, Portugal. The performance has also been presented in Cascais, Lisbon, Oporto and Braga. The second production in this trilogy, Faulkner’s ‘The Sound and the Fury’ has been presented in Lille (France) and Sintra (Portugal) and will also be presented in Portugal major theatre houses. Ray Brabury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ will be produced in 2015.

Production Credits
Herman Melville
Artistic direction: Pedro Alves
Adaptation: Tiago Patrício
Performers: Pedro Mendes (actor) and Ruben Jacinto (musician)
Assistant director: Mário Trigo
Set design and props: Pedro Silva
Graphic design: Alex Gozblau
Light design: Carlos Arroja
Video: Raul Talukder
Executive production: Joaquim René
Production: teatromosca
Coproduction: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, USA Embassy in Lisbon and Arte Institute
With the support of: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Consulado de Portugal em New Bedford, Instituto Camões, New Bedford Whaling Museum, University of Massachusetts of Dartmouth, Câmara Municipal de Sintra, Junta de Freguesia de Agualva – Mira Sintra and Câmara dos Ofícios.
Thanks: Ruben Chama e Mestrinho

Trailer Moby Dick, based on Herman Melville’s novel.