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Prague Crossroads | Victor de Oliveira: Limbo – photo: Joana LindaPrague Crossroads | Victor de Oliveira: Limbo – photo: Joana Linda


Victor de Oliveira

Prague Crossroads Festival

The New Stage
Prague Crossroads Festival
Drama with English subtitles
Czech surtitles in Drama

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    October 2023

    Thursday 5. 10.

    Tickets available

    Featured programme ND+
    Prague Crossroads Festival
    Drama with English subtitles
    Czech surtitles in Drama

    Basic information


    The New Stage

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 15 minutes, no intermission


    In Portuguese, surtitles in Czech, English

    Accompanying programme

    Q&A after the performance in the New Stage's foyer.

    Victor de Oliveira – actor and director known from various important european stages – comes to terms with his own roots in this introspective monodrama. His grandfathers are European and African, his great-grandparents were Portuguese jews, Indians and Chinese. He opens up the theme of individual identity as a fixed point and rescue from the imaginary limbo of lost souls and stories.


    • 2023-2024


    Concept and text
    Victor de Oliveira
    Dramaturgical collaboration
    Marta Lança
    Music and Sound Design
    Ailton Matavela (TRKZ)
    Light design
    Diane Guérin
    Miranda Reker


    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 is an “autofiction”, an intimate show that, 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 performance 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.

    In 2022, Limbo was awarded two prestigious prizes that are annualy awarded by the Authors Portuguese Society (Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores) – the Best Performance and the Best Represented Portugese Text of 2022.

    Victor de Oliveira

    Victor de Oliveira is an actor and director born in Mozambique in 1971. He began his theatre 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

    Photo and video gallery


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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 September at 9am we selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of February 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the National Theater

    While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage you can use again the underground car park of the National Theatre. Information and a parking fee.


    Buffets on the New Stage

    Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.