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Os Sertões: A luta 1 (2005)
  • Title: Os Sertões: A luta 1
  • Alternate Title: Os Sertões: The struggle 1
  • Holdings: photo gallery, program, script
  • Duration: 06:03:55
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: 2005
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Adão Filho, Adriana Capparelli, Adriana Viegas, Adriano Salhab, André Santana Lagartixa, Anna Guilhermina, Aury Porto, Camila Mota, Daniel Camilo, Danilo Tomic, Elenildo de Moura Uga, Fernando Coimbra, Fioravante Almeida, Francisco Rodrigues Rato, Fransérgio Araújo, Freddy Allan, Frederick Steffen Benfica, Gabriel Fernandes, Guilherme Calzavara, Ito Alves, Juliane Elting, Karina Buhr, Letícia Coura, Marcelo Drummond, Mariana de Moraes, Mariano Mattos Martins, Naomy Schölling, Otávio Ortega, Ricardo Bittencourt, Rodolfo Dias Paes – Dipa, Sálvio do Prado, Samuel de Assis, Sylvia Prado, Vera Barreto Leite, Wilson Feitosa Jr., Zé Celso Martinez Corrêa, Zé de Paiva; BIXIGÃO: Aneliê Schinaider, Ariclenes Barroso, Beiço – Gilmário Júnior, Cíntia Ingrid, Débora Santos, Edísio do Santos, Edna do Santos, Geni de Lira, Isabela Santana, Ivan Cardoso, Jacqueline Braga, Jhonatha Ferreira, Juliane Lira, Laene Santana, Luna Oliveira, Talita Martins, Thiago Martinho, Xandy
  • Credits: José Celso Martinez Corrêa, director; Camila Mota, assistant director; Catherine Hirsch, adviser; José Celso Martinez Corrêa, dramaturgy; Marcelo Pellegrini, musical direction and original soundtrack; Lira Paes, soundtrack direction (Luta I); Maura Baiocchi, Wolfgang Pannek, and Haroldo Alves, choreography; Marcello Drummond, lighting design; Elaine César and Marília Halla, video; Elisete Jeremias and Rodrigo Andreolli, stage directors; Osvaldo Gabrieli, art director and set design; Olintho Malaquias and Sônia Ushiyama, costume design; Ana Rúbia de Melo, Bia Fonseca, and Freddy Lopes, producers.

Os Sertões: A luta 1 (2005)

From 2000 to 2007, Teat(r)o Oficina Uzyna Uzona worked on the staging of Euclides da Cunha's epic book, Os Sertões, which describes the 19th Century War of Canudos in the Brazilian "sertão," lead by Antônio Conselheiro. The final result was a pentalogy, formed by the plays A Terra (2002), O Homem I (2003), O Homem II (2003), A Luta I (2005), and A Luta II (2006), totalizing 27 hours of theater. Os Sertões reads the episodes of the war in light of past and present Brazilian history, and in relation to the struggle of the group against media mogul Sílvio Santos, who wanted to tear down the historic theater to build a shopping mall.

Dedicated to "the poet Oswald de Andrade and to the businessman, showman, and actor Sílvio Santos," the third part of the book tells the causing incident of the war, when a judge from Juazeiro stopped a shipment of wood that was paid for from being delivered for the construction of the New Church of Canudos. Three expeditions were sent by the National Army and defeated, the last one commanded by the famous Colonel Moreira César. The Army faced the humiliation of soldiers deserting and running away, and the impaling of Colonel Tamarindo. He ended up being the main character in a macabre installation on the road to Canudos, created by the Jagunços (thugs from the sertão) and the Mandrakes to intimidate new expeditions. The first movement of A Luta is written in cordel verse (popular string literature form). A Luta I also amplifies the performance space, with trench houses from the invincible Canudos that effectively form a spinal cord in the runway, and the aerial spaces of the mutãs, hideouts used by the Indians in the top branches of trees to hunt the jaguar, which the followers of Antônio Conselheiro reinvented. Lirinha, a musician from the Pernambuco band Cordel do Fogo Encantado, brought his passion for soundtracks, recording sounds from the theater itself, and transforming them into shots, artillery, creating with music the vanguard of the fight. The physical space of the performance is extended to the world, with recorded images, sampled, embroidered, in the streets that surround the theater, in the dressing rooms, in places hidden from the direct sight of the audience, making live cinema.

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    Video documentation of Teatro Esquina Latinas Cuentos eróticos africanos-del Decamerón Negro presented as part of the 3rd Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2002 in Lima, Peru under the title Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere. Cuentos eróticos africanos is based on The Black Decameron, a compilation of African folk stories by anthropologist Leo Frobenius. This is a shortened piece of the original production of Teatro Esquina Latina, with two actresses instead of the original four. The play is a spectacle of storytelling that creates the scene, for young people and adults, of…

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  • Tito Vasconcelos: Martita, Primera Dama and others

    Tito Vasconcelos: Martita, Primera Dama and others

    Video documentation of Tito Vasconcelos' solo performance presented during the 2nd Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in June of 2001 in Monterrey, Mexico under the title 'Memory, Atrocity and Resistance'. A parody of Mexican politics and a queering of the Mexican political landscape, in this performance, Vasconcelos is in 'drag' as Martita, President Vicente Fox's then partner, on her way to become First Lady of Mexico. Tito Vasconcelos is Professor of Theatre at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). His film credits include María Novaro's 'Danzón', and Jaime Humberto Hermosillo's 'Esmeralda Comes at Night' (English)…

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  • Universes: Live from the Edge

    Universes: Live from the Edge

    Photo/Foto: Frances Pollitt Live from the Edge Universes presents Live from the Edge, an evening that showcases the ensemble’s special brand of fusion theater in a "best of" event that tracks the evolution of their poetic language from childhood rhymes and community rituals to poetry and theater, hip-hop and gospel. Redefining what theater is and who it speaks to, >Live from the Edge is a unique performance event that turns the poem into a communal act. Biography Universes is a poetic theater ensemble of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Latin…

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  • Vicky Holt Takamine, ‘Îlio‘ulaokalani Coalition: Hula as Resistance

    Vicky Holt Takamine, ‘Îlio‘ulaokalani Coalition: Hula as Resistance

    Photo/Foto: Paula Kupfer Hula as Resistance The chants and dances that are used in this performance praise and honor native Hawaiians' gods and chiefs. They celebrate their beloved lands, and call for unity and solidarity. Biographies Vicky Holt Takamine is the founder and kumu hula (master teacher) of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima, a school of traditional Hawaiian dance. In addition, she teaches hula at UH Manoa and Leeward Community College. She graduated through the 'uniki rituals of hula from Maiki Aiu Lake. Vicky received her BA and MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai'i. Since 1997, she has coordinated…

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  • Violeta Luna: NK 603: Action for Performer & e-Corn

    Violeta Luna: NK 603: Action for Performer & e-Corn

    Photo/Foto: Julio Pantoja NK 603: Action for Performer & e-Corn This is a reflection on genetically-modified corn and its disastrous consequences for life—for the original natural species as well as for the communities that have cultivated corn since ancient times, developing entire cultures around it. Biography Violeta Luna is an actress and a performance artist. She obtained her graduate degree in Acting from the Centro Universitario de Teatro in Mexico City. Since 1998 she has been an associate artist of La Pocha Nostra under the direction of Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Her current work explores the relationship between theater, performance, and community…

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  • Welcome Ritual

    Welcome Ritual

      Photo/ Foto: Marlène Ramírez Cancio At the opening ceremony of the Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, led by the the Maxacalí (photo above) and the Kaiapó/Mebengokré from Brazil, representatives from indigenous groups from throughout the Americas exchanged dances, songs and words to welcome all the participants to the 10-day event.

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