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Orfeu Mestiço: a brazilian hip-hopera

I arrive now in London, after 3 months in Brazil, working in the production: ‘Orfeu Mestiço: a brazilian hip-hopera’, by Nucleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos Theatre Group.

The hip-hopera tells the myth of Orpheus but is adapted to fit in Brazil during the military dictatorship, on the 60’s/70s.

The play combines the virtuosity of the opera to the elements of urban popular culture.

In its eighth production,  the theater group, which is precursor to join the theater to the elements of hip-hop culture, innovates once again by staging the first BrazilianHip-Hopera. The actors and musicians give life to poetry, and the lyrics written by Claudia Schapira, are sang in chorus telling the saga of Orpheus and the Brazilian people.

With six actors on stage, “Orpheus Mestizo” chronicles the return of a politician tied to his past military dictatorship, which for years tried to forget. All the drama takes place in space designed by set designer Daniela Thomas. In the play, characters from different periods accompany Orpheus in his descent into hell.
Daniela Thomas is one of the most incredible set designers in Brazil. I has the privilege To work side by side with her assistants Mari Alves Pinto and Stella Tennembaum as I was producing all set and costume for the play.
I was working everyday on the theatre following the rehearsals and the evolvement of the piece while coordinating the set being built.
.some pictures below.

poetry SLAM

ZAP! Autonomous Zone of the Word is the first night of “Poetry Slam” (League of poetry) from Brazil.
It happens every second Thursday of the month at the headquarters of the Center of Bartholomew Testimonials-Hip Hop Theatre. (Nucleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos)

It is a space dedicated to spoken words, now free, space in time where diversity is the guest of honor and the main goal is the celebration of the word.

At each meeting, people from different ages, professions, world views, wishes and beliefs come together to share words, ideas, experiences and viewpoints. Inside loud polyphonic Sao Paulo, a suspension in time-space. Silence.

They all stop to listen, see and feel: POETRY

Rules of Slam:
1) A poem (or text) at a time and must be written by the poet (readable)
2) Without accessories, without costumes, without musical accompaniment.
3) The poems must have a maximum of 3 minutes (or less) plus 10 seconds bonus. After this time every 10 seconds exceeded 1 point is deducted.

A jury of five people, randomly selected or chosen at the time the presenter (host / mc) among the public, gives a statement after each poem on a scale from 0.0 to 10.0, and there may be broken grades (eg 7.8 or 9, 6 ….). In addition to the text content, the jury should be aware of how it is presented.
The jurors judge: Form + Content, poetic inspiration + performance.
The highest and lowest marks are dropped. A wizard (in ZAP the “Zapitágoras”) makes the “average” and the notes are marked in a blackboard where everyone can see.
It is Three rounds, so who wants to participate in the slam poetry must have three different poems. All the poets are included in the first round. The Top marks are part of the second and so on until the third and last, where it is voted the “Zapeão”(first place) for the night.
The “Zapeão” for the night takes home a prize of culture: books! Books! Books! besides CDs and DVDs!




“For me this was Beckett – a blind man as metaphor for the human condition, struggling to understand his universe – endlessly searching. Bleak. I particularly liked the soundscape of the piece, live and recorded, and although I liked the ambient nature of the recorded sound I wanted to hear it more clearly and crisply, not least because the sounds were so descriptive – I almost wanted them in my head – headphones? I liked the visual connection of costume and physical landscape (set) – there qualities. Because he was black I thought ‘Shaman’ at one point but that is probably just me – something ritualistic about it though. I loved the original light-world you created for it.”    Michael Spencer



created by Bianca Turner and Marta Quilleri

Performed by Irineu Nogueira

‘Unwrapped’ explores the edge of human curiosity. This movement piece brings to life the invisible and subtle actions lead by the relation between a human being and the unknown.


created by Bianca Turner and Marta Quileri
performed by Irineu Nogueira

‘Unwrapped’ explores the edge of human curiosity. This dance piece brings to life the invisible and subtle actions lead by the relation between a human being and the unknown.

fast, past present

antonioni project

‘The antonioni project”, by the dutch group Toneelgroep Amsterdam is for sure very interesting from the start when you seat as audience and sees a film set on the stage, with 3 cameras, cinematographers, and around 10 people seated in front of computers making sure everything is synchronized. Having the set as a blue screen creates a great effect at the beginning, but is kind of ‘forgotten’ after, and never used again.

The whole idea as filming for  film inside the theatre is great, and the group has lots of Budget to do it, but all the equipment could have been explore much more. It was difficult to seat simply as a member of the audience and stop thinking on how I would do great scenes with all that equipment on stage.


questioning reality

As I am one week from presenting my final proposal for my live performance I am doing lots of visual research on videos and works that are similar to mine, so I can get inspired from it, have as a reference or simply know that I am going into the right way.

O my proposal I have an actor inside a flat and the audience on the streets mediated by a camera, a computer with a video-artist and a projector, representing 2 different ways of “reality” in one sense, and to be more specific, 2 different perceptions of time (considering Bergson’s book The creative mind).

This work comes from the idea os the live and mediatized performances, and how a live action after being mediatized is perceived by its audience.

On my research I found a work “O amor segundo B. Schianberg“(Love according to B. Schianberg) was presented at the ‘LIVE CINEMA’ festival which happens in Brazil, and is directed by Beto Brant. He had one actor and one video artist in one flat for a week, they had the briefing of the story,  the director placed cameras inside it, and was watching the images while editing it live. As well he asked for the video artist to have make her own images of the situation, while being inside the flat.

The director made a film from it.

The presentation at “Live cinema” was a video art made by they both.

It is amazing how it relates to my practice as I am having 2 people on a flat, the actor and the video artist, editing live images as she sees it, and projecting across the street her own interpretation of the “live” she is watching.

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