This show was a massive immersive show I directed for the event Virada Cultural of SESC Belenzinho in São Paulo. Virada Cultural is a 24-hour cultural festival that occurs annually (usually during the month of May) in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Events at the Virada Cultural include various live music concerts, films, plays, art exhibits, and other cultural activities and performances all over the city.
This project was created by me and my partner from Cia dos Outros, Carolina Bianchi. Our starting point was to create a gipsy fair with references such as Emir Kusturika films, decadent amusement parks and videokes you can easily find in any Brazilian popular street fair. This mix of loose characters and unusual places and objects need the audience to be complete, to survive. Humor and melancholia, intrinsic coarseness, mix of Brazil with East Europe. Decadent entertainment. Doubtful taste. Tacky and naive characters take you back to your childhood's circus.
During 4 hours we had the numbers happening all at the same time:
The base of the fair: The Videoke Morango do Nordeste (The Videoke Strawberry from the North East), where the audience could sing and have a chat wit the owner Regina (performed by myself) and her son, fan of Michael Jackson, on the tables of a kitch bar. Love and melancholia and a well chosen selection of songs.
The Gipsy of the Future
With a mysterious past and ramblings about the love and existentialist philosophies, who sit in front of her will know a little more about the future. Tarot. Chiromancy. Reading the edge of the coffee.
Monga, a Mulher Macaca (Monga, the monkey woman)
Monga, her loves and fears. Monga and her heart shattered by her lover. Nothing scarier than love.
The Smallest Whale in the World
In one small box, lit by a lantern we can see the smallest whale in the world. We can also listen to her story using an earphone.
The Street Artist
Elastic, dangerous and with lots of bad habits. She will present to the audience her incredible show of physical skills. Contortion. Magic. Fortune teller since her childhood she is capable of reading the aura of the people. Acrobat. Panther.
Direction and conception by Fernanda Mandagará and Carolina Bianchi
Dramaturgy by Carolina Bianchi
Amanda Lyra, Carolina Bianchi, Carla Zanini, Fernanda Camargo, Fernanda Mandagará, Maira De Grandi, Mariana Mantovani, Pedro Cameron, Tomás Decina
Costumes by Roupa de Santo
Set and Props by Fernanda Mandagará
Executive Production by Fernanda Mandagará
Assistant of Production: Izabela Pimentel
Production by Teatro Enlatado and Cia dos Outros
Supported by Sesc Belenzinho
Virada Cultural 2014