PLAN B

companhia brasileira de teatro (BR)

„Never forget who and what you are and why!“ is a decisive sentence in Preto (Black). Based on the overarching question of the prospect of interpersonal dialogue and coexistence, companhia brasileira de teatro examines the emergence of discriminatory behaviour in contemporary societies. The company combines the Brazilian point of view with a global perspective, philosophy with literature, music with anthropology and theatre with visual arts. The ideas formulated by Achille Mbembe in his pioneering work „Critique of Black Reason“ on the history and consequences of slavery, serve as a point of departure for an examination of the impact and fallout of coloniaslism. The company operates within the context of current protests and demonstrations on the streets of Brazil and aims to provide vital political and global artistic work. With great lust and energy, the performance adopts and destroys stereotypes, using quotation and noncompliance to cast a doubly harsh light on the treacherous images embedded in our heads. The performance’s vital element is a critical self-interrogation by the performers on stage.

In Portuguese with German and English subtitles.

Duration: 90 min

A production by companhia brasileira de teatro. In coproduction with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi Scène conventionnée pour la diversité linguistique and Sesc São Paulo. With the support of Petrobras. 

Direction
Marcio Abreu

By and with
Cássia Damasceno, Felipe Soares, Grace Passô, Nadja Naira, Renata Sorrah, Rodrigo Bolzan

Live-Music
Felipe Storino

Dramaturgy
Marcio Abreu, Grace Passô, Nadja Naira

Light Design and Direction Assistance
Nadja Naira

Soundtrack and Sound Effects
Felipe Storino

Scenography
Marcelo Alvarenga

Production Management
José Maria | NIA Teatro

Movement Direction
Marcia Rubin

Costume
Ticiana Passos

Video Design
Batman Zavarese and Bruna Lessa

Vocal and Music Advise
Ernani Maletta

Artistic Collaboration
Aline Villa Real and Leda Maria Martins

Light Assistance and Light Operation
Henrique Linhares

Production Assistance and Stagehand
Eloy Machado

Video Operator
Bruna Lessa

Sound Operator
Bruno Carneiro

Executive Production
Caroll Teixeira

Sound Design
Felipe Storino, Bruno dos Reis and Kleber Araújo

Props and Sculptures
Bruno Dante

In PROJETO bRASIL, companhia brasileira de teatro draw a very complex picture of Brazil far off Copacabana and carneval. For two years, the company travelled through all brazilian regions (North, North-east, Middle-west, South-east and South) in order to meet people and collect their stories and memories through interviews and exchanges. In associatively juxtaposed scenes they take the audience on a journey through the recent history of Brasil and create a humorous and intelligent reflection about the actual situation of South America´s biggest country. For that, the five actors and musicians use texts and contributions of political debates around the topics of a latinamerican unity, the globalization and the introduction of gay marriage. Since its premiere in January 2015, the piece has been staged in various brazilian cities and was presented in 2016 in Dresden and Frankfurt in the frame of the festival „Projeto Brasil“. PROJETO bRASIL is the piece of our times, the utopia of an artistic implementation and application of courageous realpolitical experiments in the midst of pure dystopia, crisis and black hole. Marcio Abreu is considered one of the most gifted and courageous theatre authors and directors of Brazil.

In Portuguese with German and English subtitles.

Duration: 60 min.

A production of companhia brasileira de teatro. Supported by Petrobras.

Direction
Marcio Abreu

By and with
Giovana Soar, Nadja Naira and Rodrigo Bolzan

Live Music
Felipe Storino

Dramaturgy
Giovana Soar, Marcio Abreu, Nadja Naira and Rodrigo Bolzan

Soundtrack and sound effects
Felipe Storino

Assistant to Direction
Nadja Naira

Movement Direction
Marcio Rubin

Text orientation and vocal consulting
Babaya

Light Design
Nadja Naira and Beto Bruel

Scenography
Fernando Marés

Costume
Ticiana Passos

Production Direction
Giovana Soar

Administration
Cássia Damasceno

Executive Production
Isadora Flores

Production and Technical Operation
Henrique Linhares

Strong noises outside. The planet shaking. Wars. Obscurantisms. Growing nationalisms. Exacerbated belligerence. Systematic attacks to differences. Denial of the other. Prejudices. Religious extremisms. Public lynching. Physical violations. Exterminations. Epidemic deafness. Cultivated ignorance. Obscene accumulations. Barbarie. Human societies debating themselves meaningless. Meanwhile, each one’s life. The rituals of daily life. The birth of someone. People getting married. The work. Home duties. The neighbors. The desire to win in life. The money. The lack of it. The bills to pay. To miss someone. The friends. The reunions. The necessity to leave. To change everything. To change skin. The desire to build something. The failures. The death of someone. The pursue of happiness and of meaning.

Krum was written in the 1970’s by Hanoch Levin, a young author influenced by Tchekhov and Beckett, in a young country immersed in conflicts and contradictions. Only in the author’s life period, from 1943 to 1999, were seven wars. He started to write early and in strong opposition to the state of things. His voracious critic to the State violence and the occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territories caused scandal and strong reactions.

Krum is a play with two funerals and two weddings. There are no great achievements, everything is ordinary. Between the two ceremonies we see, in a sequence of short scenes, the painting of the habitants’ life of a remote neighborhood. We laugh at them. It is a play about people. What is at stake is the human matter. There is in the Tchekhov of the meantime, the Beckett of the post-war, the Levin of the end of the XX century and us today something in common. While the turbulent world distill its violence, people try to move on with their lives, confined in their homes, with feeding expectations, consumption dreams and hope for better days.

MARCIO ABREU

 

Duration: 110 min.

A production by Renata Sorrah and companhia brasileira de teatro.

Text
Hanoch Levin

Direction
Marcio Abreu

By and with
Cris Larin, Danilo Grangheia, Edson Rocha, Grace Passô, Inez Viana, Ranieri Gonzalez, Renata Sorrah, Rodrigo Bolzan / Rodrigo Andreolli and Rodrigo Ferrarini

Translation
Giovana Soar

Adaptation
Marcio Abreu and Nadja Naira

Hebrew translation
Suely Pfeferman Kagan

Light Design
Nadja Naira

Stage Design
Fernando Marés

Soundtrack and sound effects
Felipe Storino

Costume
Ticiana Passos

Movement Coach
Marcia Rubin

Production Management
Faliny Barros

Visual Programmation
Fábio Arruda and Rodrigo Bleque – Cubículo

Artistic Advise
Patrick Pessoa

Executive Production
Isadora Flores

Administration
Cássia Damasceno

Direction Assistance
Nadja Naira and Giovana Soar

Stage Assistance and Stage Management
Eloy Machado

Production Assistance and Stage handing
Liza Machado

Light Assistance and Light Operation
Lara Cunha, Henrique Linhares and João Gaspary

Marcio Abreu is an actor, director and dramaturg born in Rio de Janeiro. His formation passes through EITALC (Escola Internacional de Teatro da América Latina) and ISTA (Escola Internacional de Antropologia Teatral). In 2000 he founded in Curitiba the companhia brasileira de teatro, a collective of artists from several regions of the country, and develops since then researches and creative processes in exchange with artists from several parts of Brasil and also from other countries.

The comany´s research is oriented mainly to new forms of writing and to contemporary creation. Among its main realizations are plays with an own dramaturgy, written in collaborative processes and simultaneous to the creation of the pieces such as Preto (2017), PROJETO bRASIL (2015), Vida (2010), O que eu gostaria de dizer (2008), Volta ao dia (2002).

Besides, the company staged and reinterpretated many plays by unpublished authors in the country such as: Krum (2015) by Hanoch Levin; Esta Criança (2012) by Joël Pommerat; Isso te interessa (2011) by Noëlle Renaude; Oxigênio (2010) by Ivan Viripaev.

The company makes frequent exchanges with other artists in the country and abroad. In 2014 they premiered in France the piece Nus, Ferozes e Antropófagos, a partnership with the French collective Jakart.

The company keeps an active repertoire that circulates frequently and has received the main art awards of Brazil (Prêmio Shell RJ, Prêmio APCA and Prêmio Bravo!). Projeto Brasil toured to Dresden (Hellerau) and Mousonturm (Frankfurt) and Preto was invited in 2018 to the Berliner Theatertreffen in the frame of Shifting Realities.

At the moment, the company is preparing two new pieces to be premiered in 2019 and 2020.

Preto

PROJETO bRASIL

Krum