Written and performed by Rogério Nuno Costa, THIRD WAY™ aims to establish a political party that is trans-universal, post-dogmatic and “Finlandized”: the art of neutrality turned into a spiritual dogma. Or a man falling in love by a country (Finland) for aesthetic reasons only. Despite the title, the performance has nothing to do with a “centrist” political point of view, as it has been addressed by Anthony Giddens in his well-known essay The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy; it is rather a philosophical statement, an anti-artistic “call-to-order”, a fictitious arithmetic equation (1+1=3), and a positivist standpoint towards Finland’s political history — the project’s subtitle being the humorous description of the term Finlandization/Suomettuminen made by Finnish cartoonist Kari Suomalainen. The performance takes the form of a public speech, unfolding a both real and fictitious autobiographical discourse, turning something personal and almost irrational into a discursive process of identification and culturalization — the aesthetics of the will to be part of —, as if it was possible to turn a country into a concept, or rather an operation, a lens through which we can perceive, in a particular yet utopian way, the pre-apocalyptical world we live in. During 60 minutes, Rogério Nuno Costa (under his Finnish alias Riku Nuutti Koistinen) speaks to an audience of “doomed human beings”, proposing a conceptual loophole through which they can escape the end of times, by traveling to a brand new Nordic world where the End (“Fim”, in Portuguese) is lifted to the category of Land — Fim-Lândia being the finn’isterra, End Land, the ultimate place to be, the meta-Nation where the castaways will be accepted under the scope of an aesthetic asylum. Visually, the performance resembles some sort of one-man show meets TED talk meets political assembly, with Rogério Nuno Costa incarnating a strange mixture of spiritual guru, mad scientist, charismatic politician, and cyborg lecturer. Ultimately, TERCEIRA VIA™ is a declaration of love; a geo-emotional one.
“Terceira Via™” encloses the Year Zero (biennium 2012/13) of the macro-project “Universidade/Yliopisto“. In order to attend the lectures and be later tele-transported to the Promised Land, you are requested to present a PIIGS type identification element and to read attentively the hygiene regulations (ISO 1+1=3) at this link.
Installation/Performance/Text: Rogério Nuno Costa | Light Design: Diogo Mendes | Styling/Fashion Design: Jordann Santos | Webstreaming: Daniel Pinheiro | Artwork & Promotional Video: Diogo Mendes | Morphing “Mannerheim” Picture: António MV & Cátia Pinheiro | Special Participation: Kirsi Poutanen |Voice Off (Portuguese): Ágata Pinho | Voice Off (English): Vanessa Kowalski | Translation (Finnish): Mika Christian Tissari |Translation (English): Vanessa Kowalski | Support to Finnish Vocalization: Sade Risku & Siina Levonoja | Photographic Documentation: Daniela Silva, Pedro Costa & André Miguel |
Production: Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte (Associated Artist) | Support to the artist-in-residence (Porto): Núcleo de Experimentação Coreográfica | Support to the artist-in-residence (Lisbon): EIRA. Co-production: Circular Associação Cultural, Curtas Metragens CRL, Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática, with financial support from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Tour: Clube Ferroviário | Silly Season (Lisbon), Galeria ZDB | Rabbit Hole (Lisbon), Teatro Académico Gil Vicente | Festival END | Coletivo 84 (Coimbra), Mala Voadora (Porto), CAAA (Guimarães), Rua das Gaivotas 6 | Teatro Praga (Lisbon), Festival Teatro Construção (Joane), Armazém 22 (Vila Nova de Gaia), Teatro Sá da Bandeira (Santarém), desMOSTRA | Msosteiro São Bento da Vitória, Teatro Nacional São João (Porto), Arthouse/Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture (Espoo).
Performance spoken in English, Portuguese, Finnish and Novilingua. Originally created for the program “Intensive Care” curated by Joclécio Azevedo within the frame of Circular – Performing Arts Festival (Vila do Conde, Portugal, 2013.