MITsp – International Theatre Festival of São Paulo

The idea to create an international theatre festival in the city of São Paulo came from director Antônio Araújo and producer Guilherme Marques, with the intent to recover the spirit of the historical theater festivals created and coordinated by actress Ruth Escobar in the 70’s at the capital of São Paulo, which have become reference to many artists, researchers and curators from all over the country.

Since its first edition, in 2014, the Festival has brought key names of the contemporary international production to the Brazilian public, focusing on performing arts experimentation and investigation. Therefor, the curatorship of MITsp prioritizes works that explore the forms and limits of theatricality and performativity, defiling themselves with other artistic languages.

MITsp first edition happened between March 8th and 16th of 2014, hosting shows coming from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil/Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, France and South Africa. It had over 14.000 spectators spread out nine venues of the city. The second edition took place between March 6th and 16th of 2015, and gathered shows from Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Colombia and Brazil, presented to over 17.000 spectators. The third edition of MITsp, in March 2016, recorded over 21 thousand spectators, receiving shows from France, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Belgium, Congo, Germany and Brazil.

Over the past editions, MITsp – International Theatre Festival of São Paulo has proven to be one of the most important and expected performing arts festivals of São Paulo and of Brazil. Not only did it respond, but surpassed the initial expectations of creating a condensed event, committed to innovation and cutting-edge research in the dramatic arts field, focused on national and international contemporary production.

Proof of this is that, in its first edition in 2014, the MITsp was awarded with the Special Prize of the Art Critics Association of São Paulo (APCA).

Another distinguishing feature of MITsp is the reflective practice around the shows, promoted already from the first edition of the Festival through the axis “Olhares Críticos” (Critic Views). Among its activities are: talks with artists and theatre groups, review of show’s publications and dialogues with intellectuals from other fields about the program. The publication of the annual festival’s catalogue Cartografias MITsp also integrates this axis and contains several essays of art researchers about a specific show of the given edition.

In its four editions, leading artists such as Romeo Castellucci (Italy), Guillermo Calderón (Chile), Angelica Liddell and Rodrigo García (Spain), Christiane Jatahy and Marcelo Evelin (Brazil), Heiner Goebbels and Rimini Protokoll (Germany), Joël Pommerat (France), Yuri Butusov (Russia), among many others, have marked their presence in the Festival.

General head director Guilherme Marques, artistic director Antônio Araújo – both idealizers of the Festival -, institutional relations Rafael Steinhauser, curators of the “Olhares Críticos” axis Silvia Fernandes and Fernando Mencarelli and curator of the pedagogic axis Maria Fernanda Vomero are the permanent team of MITsp.

Year: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

Execution: Olhares Cultural Institute and ECUM Production Center

Accomplished editions


MITsp 2020 – 7th São Paulo International Theatre Festival, March 05 to 15

7th MITsp Programme

Artistic Director: Antonio Araujo
Executive Director: Guilherme Marques
Institutional Director: Rafael Steinhauser

Show: By Heart | Portugal
Director: Tiago Rodrigues

ShowSopro | Portugal (cancelled)
Director: Tiago Rodrigues

Show: Jerk | France
Director: Gisèle Vienne

Show: Burgerz | United Kingdom
Concept: Travis Alabanza

Show: Contes immoraux – Partie 1: Maison Mère | France
Director: Phia Ménard

Show: Farm Fatale | Germany and France
Director: Philippe Quesne
Commissioned by: Münchner Kammerspiele

Show: What to do with what remains | Portugal
Director: João Fiadeiro

Show: Crowd | France
Director: Gisèle Vienne

Show: The Claim | United Kingdom
Director and playwright: Mark Maughan and Tim Cowbury
Audio-visual installation: Orlando | Switzerland
Directors: Julie Beauvais and Horace Lundd

Show: Samedi Détente | Ruanda and France
Director: Dorothée Munyaneza

Show: Be Careful (India)
Director: Mallika Taneja

Show: You Shall Love | Chile
Director: Bonobo

Show: The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven | United Kingdom
Text and performance: Jo Clifford
Director: Susan Worsfold

Show: The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven | Brazil
Performance: Renata Carvalho
Text: Jo Clifford

Curated by: Alejandro Ahmed, Grace Passô and Francis Wilker

Show: Fortaleza 2040 | Brazil – Fortaleza/CE
Concept: Andréia Pires

Show: Worstward on – Brazil – Fortaleza/CE
Group: Inquieta Cia

Show: The Solar Anus | Brazil – Curitiba/PR (cancelled)
Director: Maikon K

Show: tReta | Brazil – Teresina/PI (cancelled)
Director: Original Bomber Crew

Show: Midnight | Brazil – Recife/PE
Director: Orun Santana

Show: Stabat Mater | Brazil – São Paulo/SP
Director: Janaina Leite

Show: violent. | Brazil – Belo Horizonte/MG
Concept: Preto Amparo, Alexandre De Sena, Grazi Medrado, Pablo Bernardo

Show: Zoo | Brazil – São Paulo/SP (cancelled)
Group: Macaquinhos

Show: Recolon | Brazil – Manaus/AM
Group: Coletivo Mona

Show: Where the pigs go | Brazil – Recife/PE
Director: Kildery Iara

Show: Terminal Songbook | Brazil – São Paulo/SP (cancelled)
Group: Grupo MEXA

Show: Between the lines | Brazil – Salvador/BA (cancelled)
Group: Coletivo Ponto Art

Show: The Last Straw {Black} | Brazil – São Paulo/SP
Director: Jé Oliveira


Agata Kolacz (Poland) – TR Warszawa
Alaor Rosa (Brazil) – Hilaridade Fatal – Brazilian Good Sense of Humor Festival
Aldo Grompone (Italy) – Napoli Theatre Festival
Alejandra Rojas (Chile) – Identities Festival
Ana Freire (Brazil) – FIT Belo Horizonte
Andressa Francelino (Brazil) – FACE: Festival de Artes Cênicas de Bauru
Artur Ghukasyan (Armenia) – High Fest International Performing Arts Festival
Barbara Engelhardt (France) – Maillon Théâtre en Strasbourg
Benoît Bradel (France) – Festival Passages
Brendan Healey (Canada) – Canadian Stage
Carla Estefan (Brazil) – Metropolitana Gestão Cultural
Carmen Romero (Chile) – Santiago à Mil
Cecília Kuska (Belgium) – Proximamente
Celso Curi (Brazil) – RESIDE/FIT Pernambuco
Cesar Augusto (Brazil) – TEMPO FESTIVAL
Bia Junqueira (Brazil) – TEMPO FESTIVAL
Márcia Dias (Brazil) TEMPO FESTIVAL
Christophe Slagmuylder (Austria) – Wiener Festwochen
Cynthia Margareth (Brazil) – Aflorar Cultura
Dagmara Gumkovska (Poland) – Teatr Slaski
Dane de Jade (Brazil) – FIMC: Festival de Máscaras de Cariri
David Linhares (Brazil) – Bienal Internacional de Dança do Ceará
William Pereira Monte – (Brazil) – Bienal Internacional de Dança do Ceará
David Cabecinha (Portugal) – Alkantara Festival
Dries Douibi (Belgium) – Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Emmanuelle Stevan (Switzerland) – Théâtre Saint Gervais
Fanny Bertin (France) – Maison des Arts de Créteil
Felipe de Assis (Brazil) – FIAC Bahia
Fernando Zugno (Brazil) – Porto Alegre em Cena
Franco Boni (Canada) – PuSh Festival
Frédéric Maurin (France) – L’Hectare
Geoliane Arab (France) – ONDA: Office National de Diffusion Artistique
Gerardo Salinas (Belgium) – Théâtre KVS
Guillaume Lauruol (France) – Pensamento Tropical
Hanna Parry (Finland) – Baltic Circle Festival
Hugues Serge Limbvani (Congo) – MALOBA: Festival International de Théâtre-Danse-Cirque du Congo
Ingrid de Ketelaere (Belgium) – BOZAR: Centre des Beaux Arts
Jacques Peigné (France) – Comédie de Caen
John McGrath (United Kingdom) – MIF: Manchester International Festival
Jorge Moreno (Chile) – Identities Festival
Jorge Vermelho (Brazil) – FIT Rio Preto
Judith Martin (France) – Ligne Directe
Judy Harquail (Canada) – CAPACOA
Julia Gomes (Brazil) – Cena Cult Produções
Julie Kretzschmar (France) – Les Bancs Publics
Konstantinos Tzathas (Greece) – Onassis Stegi
Laure-Marie Rollin (France) – ONDA: Office National de Diffusion Artistique
Lena Kollender – (Germany) – International Summer Festival Kampnagel
Lise Lendais (Austria) – Le Studio
Marcelo Castillo (Argentina) – GIRART: Mercado de las Artes Escénicas de Córdoba
Maria Tendlau (Brazil) – TUSP – Teatro da Universidade de São Paulo
Mariana Soares (Brazil) – Cena Contemporânea
Marie Didier (France) – La Rose des Vents
Michael Rubenfeld (Canada) – Self Conscious Productions
Natalie Lue (Canada) – Vancouver Civic Theatres
Nathalie Huerta (France) – Théâtre Jean Vilar
Paula de Renor (Brazil) – RESIDE/FIT Pernambuco
Paulo Feitosa – (Brazil) – Quitanda as Artes
Platão Capurro Filho (Brazil) – FESTA: Festival Santista de Teatro
Rainer Hofmann (Netherlands) – SPRING Utrecht
Roni Isola (Argentina) – FIBA: Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires
Sandrina Martins (France) – Le Carreau du Temple
Sonia Sobral (Brazil) – CCSP: Centro Cultural São Paulo
Sophie Descamps (France) – Théâtre Le Passage
Sylvie Violan (France) – Festival International des Arts de Bordeaux
Thomas Jolly (France) – Centre Dramatique National des Pays de la Loire
Willie White (Ireland) – DTF: Dublin Theatre Festival


Live: Zoo
Guest: Alejandro Ahmed

Live: Between the lines
Guest: Grace Passô

Live: tReta
Guest: Alejandro Ahmed

Live: violent.
Guest: Grace Passô

Live: Recolon
Guest: Francis Wilker


Curated by:  Daniele Avila Small and Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli

Panel 1: Public policies for culture: ideological confrontations
Speakers: Alexandre Gonçalves, Eduardo Gianetti, Rosane Borges and Vladimir Safatle.
Mediation: Patrick Pessoa

Panel 2: Democracy in focus: censorship mechanisms
Speakers: Eduardo Dias de Souza Ferreira (Prosecuting attorney), Eduardo Faria Santos (A Revolta da Lâmpada Movement), Celso Curi (Artigo 5º Movement), Rodrigo Sérvulo da Cunha (Attorneys for democracy), Kenarik Boujikian (retired Chief judge) and Terra Johari Possa Terra (OAB/SP Committee on Sexual Diversity).

Panel 3: Contradictions in the debate of culture as a common good
Speakers: Carla Akotirene, Grazi Medrado, Jaqueline Elesbão, Jé Oliveira and Gyl Giffony.
Mediation: Daniele Avila Small

Panel 4: Curation at the crossroads
Speakers: Andreia Duarte, Dodi Leal, Grace Passô, Maria Fernanda Vomero and José Fernando Azevedo.
Mediation: Daniele Avila Small

Public interview with Tiago Rodrigues
Interviewers: Welington Andrade and Felipe Rocha

Public interview with Andréia Pires
Interviewers: Soraya Portela and Clarice Lima

Speakers: Travis Alabanza, Ave Terrena and Marina Matthey.
Mediation: Dodi Leal

Contes immoraux – Partie 1: Maison Mère
Speaker: Phia Menárd.
Mediation: Giovana Soar

Speaker: Orun Santana

Mediation: Maria Lucia Pupo and Luciane Ramos-Silva
By Heart – Zahy Guajajara
What to do with what remains – George Matsas
Stabat MaterEliane Robert Moraes
Worstward onMaria Homem

Curated by: Silvia Fernandes, Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli and Daniele Avila Small

Interviews with Artists “In Focus”, Researcher “In Focus” and Pedagogue “In Focus” of 7th MITsp, conducted by Clóvis Domingos, Daniele Avila Small, Francis Wilker, Maria Fernanda Vomero, Maria João Brilhante, Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli and Silvia Fernandes.

Articles written by researchers of postgraduate programmes of Brazilian universities or other educational and research institutions, as well as by critics and artists, participants of the Critical Practice Residency and other projects featured at MITsp.

Pedagogical actions: Texts by Dodi Leal, Maria Fernanda Vomero and Ana Harcha.

Dossier on internationalisation of performing arts in Brazil: Texts by Christine Greiner, Lúcia Maciel, Maria Lucia Pupo and interview with Christiane Jatahy.

Daily Reviews
Coordinator: Michele Rolim
Critics: Clóvis Domingos, Daniel Toledo, Guilherme Diniz, Laís Machado, Nathalia Catarina, Renan Ji, Rodrigo Nascimento e Wellington Júnior.

Contemporary scene: critical overviews
Critics: Clóvis Domingos, Daniel Toledo, Guilherme Diniz, Laís Machado, Nathalia Catarina, Renan Ji, Rodrigo Nascimento, Wellington Júnior, Michele Rolim.


Agentes invisíveis e modos de produção nos primeiros anos do Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski – Editora Javali | Daniele Sampaio
Anatomia de uma decisão – João Fiadeiro
As artes do cover – performance para além da cópia e do original – Editora Circuito e POP LAB – Estudos em Filosofia Pop | Henrique Saidel
Forças de um corpo vazado – Editora 7Letras e PUC-Rio | Ana Kfouri
Coleção Dramaturgia Francesa – Editora Cobogó | Vários autores
Mato cheio – Editora Cobogó | Jhonny Salaberg
Ovelha Dolly e zoológico a céu aberto – Editora Javali | Fernando Carvalho
Planejamento estratégico de projetos e programas culturais – Editora Senac | Maria Helena Cunha
Teatra da oprimida: últimas fronteiras cênicas da pré-transição de gênero – Editora da UFSB | Dodi Leal
O teatro negro de Cidinha Da Silva – Editora Aquilombô | Cidinha da Silva


In partnership with MITsp, journalism students from PUC-SP will cover the Critical Regards activities, under the guidance of Professor Fabio Cypriano. The essays will be available on the PUC website.

Against the Political Theatre
Panellist: Olivier Neveux (France)
Mediation: Maria Lucia Pupo

Disassembly of Stabat Mater
The artist and researcher Janaina Leite proposes the disassembly of the play Stabat Mater and later joins the audience in conversation.

The women’s body, their representations, and the courage of truth
Speakers: Ivone Gebara, Vera Iaconelli, Priscila Piazentini Vieira, and Laís Machado.
Mediation: Maria Luísa Barsanelli

Curated by: Maria Fernanda Vomero

Urgent Theatre: Agonizing Meeting
With: Lisandro Rodriguez (Argentina)

Eye to eye: who can be visible in São Paulo today?
With: Quarantine (United Kingdom)

Suspicious: Performative Choreographies of Daily Confrontation
With: Original Bomber Crew (Piauí/Brazil)

The Future Is Fluid
With: Julie Beauvais (Switzerland)

Authorship at Stake: From Dominant to Private
Withs: Pablo Manzi and group Bonobo (Chile)

Investigations for The Body’s Savagery
With: Andréia Pires (Ceará/Brazil)

Masterclass – Writing with The Setting
With: Philippe Quesne (France)

Under the Rubble: Introduction to The Material of Crowd
With: Gisèle Vienne (France)

A Theatre That Is Ours: Writing for People
With: Tiago Rodrigues (Portugal)

Should we walk together?
With: Mallika Taneja (India)


O Grande Retorno: Nenhum Passo Atrás (cancelled)
With: Regina José Galindo (Guatemala)

How Not to Know Together: What to Do with What Remains_In Situ
With: João Fiadeiro (Portugal)


The invisible cage
With: Maria Galindo (Bolivia)

Night Walk: Women Marching at Midnight
With: Mallika Taneja (India)

Scar tissue
With: Lia Garcia [La Novia Sirena] (Mexico)

Documentary: While We Talked About Political Performativity, I Occasionally Sneaked Voices and Faces – An Audio-visual Critique on MITsp’s Educational Activities
By: Matheus Parizi (Brazil)


Meeting with Lisandro Rodriguez
Mediation: Maria Fernanda Vomero

Performative Talk What I Am I Was Not by Myself
Com: João Fiadeiro (Portugal) and Maria Fernanda Vomero (Brazil)

Self-Writings: Feminism, Performance and Politics (cancelled)
With: Regina José Galindo (Guatemala) and Janaina Leite (Brazil)

Memories, Roots and Mapuche Theatre in Today’s Chile
With: Paula González Seguel (Chile)
Mediation: Maria Fernanda Vomero (Brazil)

Trans * Pedagogies of Affection Before Death Policies
Com: Lia Garcia [La Novia Sirena] (Mexico)
Mediation: Maria Fernanda Vomero (Brazil)


LABEXP1- Disobedient Voices
With: Lia Garcia [La Novia Sirena] (Mexico) and Meno del Picchia (Brazil)

LABEXP2 – Insurgent Memories
With: Paula González Seguel (Chile) and Eduardo Chatagnier Perez (Brazil)

LABEXP3 – Nuisance Presences: Where Is Defiance?
With: Maria Galindo (Bolivia) and Fany Magalhães (Brazil)


Conversation group: Transition Pedagogies
With: Vulcânica Pokaropa Costacurta and Amara Moira
Mediation: Dodi Leal

Performance: Breastfeeding Zeus Hard Prick Milk; Bumblebee Doesn’t Make Honey, But It Doesn’t Breastfeed Either
With: Caz Ângela Apolinário Rodrigues

Sarará Trans
Conversation group: The Meeting of Pretitudes with Transgenerities
With: Erica Malunguinho
Mediation: Khalil Piloto

Musical Gigs
With: Jackie Chean, Rosa Luz, and Danna Lisboa
Poetic and Visual Exhibition (Virtual)
With: Preto Téo and Marina Silvério

Theatra Skit: Gota Trava
With: Ilumilutas / UFSB
Debater: Vinicius Santos

Affection Workshop #sequercombina
With: Marina Mathey and Ave Terrena Alves


Curated by: Andreia Duarte, Christine Greiner, José Fernando Peixoto de Azevedo
Anticolonial perspectives meetings

Panel 1: Time
Speakers: Ailton Krenak and Paulo Arantes.

Panel 2: Actions
Speakers: Grace Passô, Paula González Seguel and Eleonora Fabião.

Panel 3: Past: Permanence and Rupture
Speakers:  Peter Pál Pelbart and Luiz Felipe de Alencastro.

Panel 4: Of the common
Speakers: Jean Tible and Ana Kiffer.

Anticolonial essays: shared studies
Speakers: Andreia Duarte, Jose Fernando Peixoto and Christine Greiner.


Organisation: Christine Greiner, Plínio Soares, José Rubens Siqueira and Lucienne Guedes Fahrer

Guests: Ary França, Aimar Labaki, Bel Kowarick, Dinah Feldman, Dr. Morris, Elias Andreato, Eloisa Elena, Gabriela Rabelo, José Rubens Siqueira, Luciano Gatti, Lucienne Guedes Fahrer, Marcello Airoldi, Márcia Abujamra, Marcos Damigo, Marichilene Artisevskis, Plínio Soares, Tânia Bondezan and Tereza Menezes.


With: Thomas Jolly and Flávio Desgranges
Coordinator: Maria Lúcia Pupo


Short Credits:
Founder and Artistic Director: Antonio Araujo
Founder and Executive Director: 
Guilherme Marques
Institutional Director: 
Rafael Steinhauser
International Relations: Jenia Kolesnikova and Natália Machiaveli
Prediction Coordinator: Rachel Brumana

MITsp 2019

MITsp 2019 – 6th São Paulo International Theatre Festival, March 14 to 24

6th MITsp Programme

Artistic Director: Antonio Araujo
Executive Director: Guilherme Marques

Show: The Repetition. Histoire(s) du théâtre (I) | Belgium
Director: Milo Rau

ShowFive Easy Pieces | Belgium
Director: Milo Rau

Show: Compassion: The History of the Machine Gun | Belgium and Germany
Director: Milo Rau

Show: Real Magic | United Kingdom
Director: Tim Etchells
Group: Forced Entertainment

Show: MDLSX | Italy
Director: Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò
Group: Motus

Show: Le Socle des Vertiges | Congo and France
Director: Dieudonné Niangouna

Show: Democracia | Brazil and Chile
Director: Felipe Hirsch

Show: Silly Woman | Brazil and France
Director: Wagner Schwartz

Show: Transpophagic Manifesto | Brazil
Concept, playwright, and performance: Renata Carvalho
Director: Luiz Fernando Marques

Sound performance: Altamira 2042 | Brazil
Direction and performance: Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha

Show: Finir en Beauté | France
Direction and performance: Mohamed El Khatib

Show: Non colouring landscapes |Chile
Director: Marco Layera
Grupo: Teatro La Re-Sentida 


Curators: Felipe de Assis, Sônia Sobral, and Welington Andrade

Show: Traces | Brazil/São Paulo
Director: Marta Soares

Show: Almighty | Brazil/Recife
Director: Pedro Vilela

Show: Elephant Protocol | Brazil/Florianópolis
Director: Alejandro Ahmed
Group: Grupo Cena 11 Cia. de Dança

Show: Colony | Brazil/Rio de Janeiro
Concept and performance: Renato Livera
Director: Vinicius Arneiro

Show: (see[ ]have) adrift | Brazil/São Paulo
Act: Cia. Les Commediens Tropicales, Quarteto à Deriva and guest artists: Andréia Yonashiro, Coletivo Bruto, Georgette Fadel and Tica Lemos

Show: Iron Mouth | Brazil/Rio de Janeiro
Director: Marcela Levi and Lucía Russo
Performance and co-creation: Ícaro dos Passos Gaya

Show: Wolf | Brazil/São Paulo
Director: Carolina Bianchi

Show: V:U:L:V:A | Brazil/São Paulo
Director: Mariana Senne

Show: Is This a Black? | Brazil/São Paulo
Director: Tarina Quelho
Group: E quem é gosta?

Show: Cria | Brazil/Rio de Janeiro
Director: Alice Ripoll
Group: Cia Suave

Work in progress: Stabat Mater | Brazil/São Paulo
Direction and performance: Janaina Leite

Work in progress: Kinetic Dramaturgies — Technical and Artist Embodiment in GRUPO CENA 11’S Body Definitions | Brazil/Florianópolis
Concept, direction, and performance: Alejandro Ahmed

2nd Seminar on the Internationalisation of Brazilian Performing Arts

Opening Panel
Participants: Danilo Santos de Miranda (Sesc SP), Antônio Araujo (MITsp) Eduardo Saron (Itaú Cultural), Débora Viana (SESI), delegate for the Secretary of Culture of the state of São Paulo and Alê Youssef (Secretary of Culture of the city of São Paulo).
Panel host: Rafael Steinhauser
Panel: Modes of representation of Brazilian culture abroad
Panellist: José Miguel Wisnik (Brazil)
Mediation: Welington Andrade

Session 1: Overview: Internationalisation of Brazilian Performing Arts Programmes and Projects
Participants: Maria Marighella (Director of Cultural Venues of the state of Bahia), Priscila Soares Garcia (Programme Conexão Cultura – Federal State government), Guilherme Marques (MITbr – Brazil Platform), Alexandre Vargas (InterCena), Cristina Castro (Pavio, Bahia), Felipe de Assis (Nucleus of International Performing Arts Festivals – Brazil), Cynthia Margareth (Brazilian Network of Performing Arts Festivals), Nayse Lopes (Festival Panorama, Rio de Janeiro) and Rosana Paulo da Cunha  (Projects Manager Sesc SP).
Mediation: Mariana Soares

Session 2: Case study: Reflections on Brazilian artists management abroad
Participants: Gabriela Gonçalves, Sérgio Saboya, João Carlos Couto and Marcelo Bones.
Mediation: Matthias Pees

Session 3: Overview: Cultural diplomacy and public policies for internationalisation and promotion of cultural economy
Participants: Minister Paula Alves de Souza (Itamaraty), Aluizer Malab (the National Secretariat of development and competitiveness on tourism), Alê Youssef (Secretary of Culture of the city of São Paulo), Karine Legrand (Goethe-Institut), Perrine Warmé-Janville (Institut français) and delegate for the Secretary of Culture of the state of São Paulo.
Mediation: Rafael Steinhauser

Session 4: Overview: Internationalisation of Brazilian Performing Arts Programmes and Projects
Participants: Olga Garay-English (Santiago a Mil, Chile), Cristina Becker (The British Council, United Kingdom), Marcelo Allasino (Instituto Nacional de Teatro, Argentina), Octavio Arbeláez (Festival de Teatro de Manizales, Colombia; Festival de las Artes de Costa Rica; MAPAS, Tenerife – Spain) and Chimène Costa (Pro-Helvetia, Switzerland).
Mediation: Fernando Zugno

Session 5: Diplomatic Coordination
Opening speech: Amy Saunders (Fringe Edinburgh)
Participants: Marcelo Castillo (Plataforma GIRART de Residencias Creativas Latinoamerica, Cordoba), Marcelo Allasino (Instituto Nacional de Teatro, Argentina), Octavio Arbeláez (MAPAS, Tenerife – Spain), Cecilia KusKa (Belgium) and Alain Bourdon (Institut français).
Mediation: Rafael Steinhauser

Session 6: National indicators and federal cooperation proposal
Participants: Sérgio Sá Leitão (Secretary of Culture of the state of São Paulo), as well as of several Brazilian states and of MITsp (presenting the proposed programme for internationalisation of Brazilian Performing Arts).
Mediation: Paulo Feitosa

Critical Regards
Curators:  Daniele Avila Small (Rio de Janeiro) and Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli (Minas Gerais)

Seminar: The status of art in contemporary Brazil: silencing, interdictions, and insubordination
Panel 1: Infancy and youth, rights, and freedom of expression
Participants: Dr. Antonio Carlos Malheiros, Dra. Ana Amélia Mascarenhas Camargo, Dr. Eduardo Dias de Souza Ferreira, Dra. Hertha Helena Rollemberg Padilha de Oliveira and Dra. Laura Benda.
Mediation: Dr. José Augusto Vieira de Aquino

Panel 2: Art: Keep out of reach for children
Participants: Crislei Custódio, Elisabete Finger e Vera Iaconelli.
Mediation: Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli

Panel 3: Against the knowledge of others
Participants:  Cristine Takuá and Salloma Salomão.
Mediation: Dodi Leal

Panel 4: Love and hatred towards art in Brazil
Participants: Christian Dunker, Luciana Paes and Mariana Senne.
Mediation: Juliano Gomes

Panel 5: The negation of History
Participants: Esther Solano and Pedro Cesarino.
Mediation: Soraya Martins

Masterclass (cancelled)
Panellist: Carol Martin (United States of America).
Mediation: Ana Bernstein

Dialogue between Milo Rau and Wagner Schwartz
Interviewers: Kil Abreu and Luiz Felipe Reis.

Public Interview with Marta Soares
Interviewers: Ana Bernstein and Luiz Felipe Reis.

The Repetition. Histoire(s) du théâtre (I).
Mediation: Juliano Gomes

Le Socle des Vertiges.
Mediation: Paloma Amorim

Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli

Real Magic.
Mediation: Daniele Avila Small

Five Easy Pieces.
Mediation: Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli

Compassion: The History of the Machine Gun.
Mediation: Daniele Avila Small

Mediation: Daniel Toledo

Mediation: Paloma Amorim

Altamira 2042.
Mediation: Dodi Leal

Silly Woman.
Mediation: Juliano Gomes

Mediation: Daniel Toledo

Transpophagic Manifesto.
Mediation: Daniel Toledo

Iron Mouth.
Mediation: Deise de Brito

Mediation: Ana Bernstein

(see[ ]have) adrift.
Mediation: Francis Wilker

Mediation: Paloma Amorim

Elephant Protocol.
Mediation: Dodi Leal

Mediation: Deise de Brito

Is This a Black?
Mediation: Deise de Brito


Mediation: Maria Lúcia Pupo
Le Socle des Vertiges – Heitor Augusto
Silly Woman – Fabio Cypriano
Five Easy Pieces – Maria Rita Kehl
Altamira 2042 – David Karai Popygua
Traces Paula Nishida
Transpophagic Manifesto – Amara Moira


Curators: Silvia Fernandes, Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli e Daniele Avila Small

Interviews with the artists invited to MITsp 2019 conducted by Silvia Fernandes and Julia Guimarães, with collaborations of Daniele Avila Small, Ivana Menna Barreto, Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli and Paulo Mattos.

Articles written by artists and researchers of postgraduate programmes of Brazilian universities, or other educational and research institutions.

Creative trajectories of Artists “In Focus”: Milo Rau – Daniel Toledo / Marta Soares – Ivana Menna Barreto.

Critical essays written regarding the programme: Pedro Cesarino (USP) / Lucia Romano (Unesp) / Rui Pina Coelho (University of Coimbra) / Marcos Alexandre (UFMG) / José da Costa (Unirio) / Thaise Nardim (UFT).

Dossier Aesthetic and Political Reflections: Ailton Krenak (Indigenous Culture Nucleus), Vera Iaconelli (Gerar Institut of Perinatal Psychology), Jaqueline Gomes de Jesus (IFRJ).

Dossier Pedagogical Activities: Maria Fernanda Vomero (curator), Maurício Perussi (doctorate student USP), Alfonso Arenas (LAB Escénico / Fundação Teatro a Mil) and Narciso Telles (Professor at UFU).

Daily reviews
Coordinator: Ivana Moura (PE/SP)
Participant Critics: Ana Bernstein (RJ), Daniel Toledo (MG), Deise de Brito (SP), Dodi Leal (SP/BA), Ivana Moura (PE/SP), Juliano Gomes (RJ), Paloma Amorim (PA/SP), Soraya Martins (MG). Collaboration: Julia Guimarães (MG).

Contemporary scene: critical overviews
Participant Critics: Ana Bernstein (RJ), Daniel Toledo (BH), Deise de Brito (SP), Dodi Leal (SP/BA), Ivana Moura (PE/SP), Juliano Gomes (RJ), Paloma Amorim (PA/SP), Soraya Martins (MG).

Meet the curators
Curators of the four axes that make up the programming of MITsp – International programme, MITbr – Platform Brazil, Critical Regards and Pedagogical Activities – talk to the public about the process of programming the festival.

Arqueofeminismo – mulheres filósofas e filósofos feministas – séculos XVII-XVIII – n-1 edições | Organiser: Maxime Rovere
Feminismos bastardos. Feminismos tardios. – n-1 edições | Cristina Ribas @laranja108
O teatro como experiência pública – Editora Hucitec | Organisers: Sílvia Fernandes, Julia Guimarães and Óscar Cornago
Fronteiras invisíveis: diálogos para a criação de a floresta que andaEditora Cobogó | Christiane Jatahy and collaborators
Teatro dos 4 – a cerimônia do adeus do teatro modernoEditora 7Letras | Daniel Schenker
Há mais futuro que passado – um documentário de ficção – Editora Javali | Clarisse Zarvos, Daniele Avila Small and Mariana Barcelos / Coleção Teatro Contemporâneo
Cenografia digital na cena contemporânea – Editora Annablume | Marcelo Denny


In partnership with MITsp, journalism students from PUC-SP will cover the Critical Regards activities, under the guidance of Professor Fabio Cypriano. The essays will be available on the PUC website.


Curators: Ailton Krenak, Christine Greiner, Daniele Avila Small, José Fernando Azevedo, Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli, Maria Fernanda Vomero and Paulo Mattos

Opening speech with Ailton Krenak

Panel 1: Insurgent bodies and their singularities
Participants: Cristine Takuá, Janaína Leite, Mirella Façanha and Renata Carvalho.
Mediation: Maria Fernanda Vomero

Panel 2: “THE” peripheral: movement from the margins
Participants: Adirley Queirós, Deborah Castillo and Luz Ribeiro.
Mediation: José Fernando de Azevedo

Panel 3: Forms of extermination
Participants: Cibele Forjaz, David Karai Popygua, Raimunda Gomes da Silva and Sidney Santiago.
Mediation: Christine Greiner

Masterclass (cancelled)
Speaker: Dieudonné Niangouna

Dramatic readings + meet the playwright + book launch editora Cobogó
Text: É A Vida (C´est La Vie), by Mohamed El Khatib, translation e direction by Gabriel F.
Actors: Marat Descartes (Tablado de Arruar) and Isabel Teixeira (Cia. Vértice de Teatro).


Curator: Maria Fernanda Vomero (SP)
Theme: Political performativity – mobilizing bodies, poetics, and practices


Collectivities on the scene – meetings of resistance
With: Agustina Frontera (Argentina) – Ni Una a Menos; Alejandra Gaviria (Colombia) – MOVICE y H.I.J.O.S; Cristina Bautista (Mexico) – Mothers and Fathers of Ayotzinapa; Debora Maria da Silva (Brazil) – Mothers of May; Deborah Castillo (Venezuela) – Artist; Jobana Moya (Bolivia/ Brazil) – Equipe Warmis; Lorenza Aillapán (Wallmapu/Chile) – Mapuche artist; Maria José Morais (Brazil) – Daisies on March; Óscar Sanchez Viesca (Mexico) – Group VIDA

I, the mirror of the others
With: Arkadi Zaides (Israel/France)


It is all part of the game!
With: Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall (United Kingdom)

Dramaturgies of movement: physical perception and generative composition
With: Alejandro Ahmed (Brazil)

Bodies in penance
With:  Pedro Vilela (Brazil)

The philosophy of enthusiasm
With:  Gie Baguet (Belgium)

Fringe Edinburgh – from survival to success
With:  Amy Saunders (UK)

Talking bodies: sharing exercises (cancelled activity)
With:  Dieudonné Niangouna (Congo/France)

The artemisia rebellion: Wolf’s practices
With:  Carolina Bianchi (Brazil)

Creative ways of writing about theatre
With: Mark Fisher (UK)

Who says “us” e when? Racism and identity
With: Grupo E Quem É Gosta? (Brazil)

Greenhouse of futures: ways of socialising, production, and management in the contemporary scene
With: Cynthia Margareth (Brazil)

LameBrazil, lamezuela – questions to power in Latin America
With:  Deborah Castillo (Venezuela)

From “place” to “not place”
With:  Marta Soares (Brazil)


Theatre as a community experience and exercise of citizenship
Participants: Wallace Lino (Cia. Marginal, RJ), Cesar Vieira (Teatro Popular União e Olho Vivo, SP) and Narciso Telles (professor at Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, MG).
Mediation: Terena Zamariolli

Decolonizing practices – the voice and turn of marginal bodies
Participants: Débora Marçal (Capulanas Cia. de Arte Negra, SP), Martha Kiss Perrone (ColetivA Ocupação, SP) and Lucas Vitorino (Grupo Pandora de Teatro, SP).
Mediation: Marina Corazza

Metamorphosis of the body as decolonial practice
Participant: Bruce Baird (University of Massachusetts Amherst).
Mediation: Christine Greiner

Ghent Manifesto: how does theatre respond to the urgencies of our time?
Participants: Marcel Kieslich e Léa Myers (Compassion: The History of the Machinegun cast – Belgium), Deborah Castillo (activist/Venezuela), Martha Kiss Perrone (actress and director/SP) Nonato Lopes (director/BA).

The art in times of dehumanisation
Participant: Arkadi Zaides

Pedagogies in a festival context: knowledge exchange
Participants: Listening researchers who followed the artistic exchanges, workshops, performance actions and conversation wheels of the 6th MITsp.
Mediation: Maria Fernanda Vomero

How to be an artist in today’s Venezuela
Participant: Deborah Castilho.


Fringe: the world’s largest arts market
Speaker: Amy Saunders.

The philosophy of enthusiasm – an introduction
Speaker: Gie Baguet (Belgium).


An audio-visual critique of the pedagogical activities
Filmmaker Matheus Parizi took on the challenge of registering some of the workshops featured in the programme and creating an audio-visual piece that captures the exchanges, knowledge and “possible worlds” generated in the meetings promoted by MITsp 2019.


For the second time, the Pedagogical Activities axis opens the opportunity for professionals from various backgrounds to follow, as observers, the activities offered within the programme. As a counterpart, the listener-researcher should produce a critical-reflective essay, a poetic text, a photographic essay, a video, or a performance/performance speech, for example.

Short Credits:
Founder and Artistic Director: Antonio Araujo
Founder and Executive Director: Guilherme Marques
Institutional Director: Rafael Steinhauser
International Relations: Jenia Kolesnikova e Natália Machiaveli
Prediction Coordinator: Rachel Brumana

MITsp 2018 – International Theater Festival of São Paulo, 5th edition, 1st-11th March

Resume of 5th MITsp Shows

Curator: Antonio Araújo

Show: Suite n°2 (France)
Director: Joris Lacoste

Show: Minefield (Argentina)
Director: Lola Arias

Show: Woodcutters (Poland)
Director: Krystian Lupa
Company: Polish Theater in Wroclaw (Teatr Polski we Wrocławiu)

Show: King Size (Switzerland)
Director: Christoph Marthaler

Show: Palmyra (England)
Directors: Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas

Show: Hamlet (Switzerland)
irector: Boris Nikitin

Show: salt. (England)
Playwright and performance: Selina Thompson
Director: Dawn Walton

Show: País Clandestino (Clandestine Country) (Uruguay / Argentina / Spain / France / Brazil)
Directors: Mäelle Poésy e Jorge Eiro
Company: Les Fives Pays

Show: A Gente Se Vê Por Aqui (We’ll See You Here) (Brazil)
Director: Nuno Ramos

Sound Performance: AudioReflex (Germany/Brazil)
Director: Sigrid Gareis (Germany)

Public Performance: Viewpoints (Brazil)
Conception and Performance: Ana Luisa Santos

Public Performance: Do You Have A Moment to Hear The Word? Public readings Marathon (Brazil)
Conception: Nayse López (Panorama Festival – Rio de Janeiro)

Resume of MITbr – Brazil Platform

Curators: Christine Greiner, Felipe Assis and Welington Andrade

Show: Caranguejo Overdrive (Crab Overdrive) – Rio de Janeiro
Director: Marco André Nunes
Company: Aquela Cia. de Teatro (That Theater Company)

Show: Leite Derramado (Spilt Milk) – São Paulo
Director: Roberto Alvim
Company: Club Noir

Show: We Are Someone Else Being Not Injured – São Paulo
Director: Carolina Mendonça

Show: Vaga Carne (Vague Flesh) – Minas Gerais
Conception, text and performance: Grace Passô

Show: Mariana Hotel – São Paulo
Direção: Herbert Bianchi

Show: A Emparedada da Rua Nova (The Immured Lady from the New Street) – São Paulo
Director: Eliana de Santana
Company: E² Dance and Theater Company

Show: Canto para Rinocerontes e Homens (Chant for Rhinos and Men) – São Paulo
Director: Rogério Tarifa
Company: Teatro do Osso (Bone Theater)

Show: Dinamarca (Denmark) – Pernambuco
Director: Pedro Wagner
Company: Magiluth

Show: Procedimento 2 Para Lugar Nenhum (Procedure 2 To Nowhere) – São Paulo
Director: Vera Sala

Show: DNA de Dan (Dan’s DNA) – Paraná
Conception and performance: Maikon K

Show: Made of Flesh and Concrete A Choreographic Installation – Distrito Federal
Director: Luciana Lara
Company: Anti Status Quo Dance Company

Open rehearsal: Riso (Laughter) –  São Paulo
Director: Key Sawao and Ricardo Lazzetta
Company: Key Zetta and Company

Open rehearsal: Imprevisível (Unpredictable) – São Paulo
Conception: Zélia Monteiro
Company: Núcleo de Improvisação (Improvisation Core)

Seminar: Performing Arts: Challenges for Internationalization
Coordination: Andrea Caruso Saturnino
Theme: Internationalization and Decolonization
Master of ceremonies: Rafael Steinhauser
Invited hosts: Carol Mendonça, Celso Curi, Hugo Cruz and Márcio Abreu
Mediators: Christine Greiner, Felipe de Assis and Wellington Andrade – MITbr – Brazil Platform curators

Theme: Public Policies for Performing Arts Internationalization
Master of ceremonies: Rafael Steinhauser
Participants: Danilo Santos de Miranda (SESC SP), Miriam Rinaldi (SESI SP), Eduardo Saron (Itaú Cultural), Deborah Rossoni (APEX Brazil), Monina Bonelli (Cultural Complex 25 de Mayo, Argentina), Aldo Valentim (State Secretary of Culture of São Paulo), Julia Fuchs (Goethe-Institut São Paulo), Lia Rodrigues (artist), Beatriz Goes (Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Lindsay Castro Lima (Municipal Secretary of Culture of São Paulo).
Mediators: Márcia Dias and Paulo Feitosa

Resume of 5th MITsp parallel activities

Critical Views

Curators: Daniele Avila Small and Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli

Esthetic & Political Thinking
Seminar: The art status in contemporary Brazil: freedom, otherness, mediation

Master class: Body, affection and politics in contemporary theater
Speaker: Victoria Pérez Royo
Mediator: Patrick Pessoa

Roundtable: The wrongs of mediations and the isolation of art
Participants: Marcos Alexandre, Renan Marcondes, Rita Aquino and Wagner Schwartz
Mediator: Patrick Pessoa

Roundtable: Criticism is not censorship: whose art can do anything?
Participants: Aline Vila Real, Georgette Fadel, Juliano Gomes, Kil Abreu and Renata Carvalho
Mediator: Michele Rolim

Roundtable: Loving and hating the body in Brazil
Participants: Gaudêncio Fidelis, Laís Machado and Leonarda Glück
Mediator: Patrick Pessoa

Dialogue: Intervention and mediation in the public space
Participants: Ana Luisa Santos and Nayse López
Special Program

Dialogue between Joris Lacoste and Nuno Ramos
Mediator: Maria Eugênia de Menezes

Public Interview with the diretor Krystian Lupa
Interviewers: Aderbal Freire-Filho and Denise Stoklos
Mediator: Maria Eugênia de Menezes

General meeting: democracy and representation in the contemporary world
Participants: Eva-Maria Berstchy and the guests Lucio Bellentani and Diogo Costa

Screening of the film The Congo Tribunal (Milo Rau)
Participation: Eva-Maria Bertschy

Crossing Dialogues

Mediators: José Fernando Azevedo and Maria Lúcia Pupo
Suite nº2 –  Luz Ribeiro
Minefield – Marcio Seligmann-Silva
King Size – Charles Gavin
Palmyra – Christian Dunker
Hamlet – Marcelo Caetano
salt. – Ana Maria Gonçalves
Clandestine Country – André Dahmer

Essay Space

Curators: Silvia Fernandes, Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli and Daniele Avila Small

Researchers from Performing Arts graduate programs of different Brazilian universities write articles about the creative careers of the MITsp guest artists.

Suite nº 2 – Ligia Souza de Oliveira (doctor student/USP)
Minefield – Ana Bernstein (UNIRIO)
Woodcutters – Pedro Vilela (máster student/UFBA)
King Size – Matteo Bonfitto (Unicamp)
Palmyra – Milton de Andrade (Udesc)
Hamlet – Denilson Lopes (UFRJ)
salt. – Denise Espírito Santo (UERJ)
Clandestine Country Sara Rojo (UFMG)

* With the Traversing Texts by Marcio Seligmann-Silva and Patrick Pessoa
* Dossier on Performing Arts Curatorship with wordings of Aline Vila Real, Felipe Assis, Kil Abreu, Nayse López and Florian Malzacher
* Interviews with Joris Lacoste and Krystian Lupa

Ongoing Thought

The guest artists of the Festival meet the public to share and answer questions about their creative processes, mediated by Brazilian researchers:

AudioReflex – Pedro Vilela (máster student/ UFBA)
Minefield – Ana Bernstein (UNIRIO)
Suite nº2 – Ligia Souza de Oliveira (doutoranda/USP)
King Size – Matteo Bonfitto (Unicamp)
Hamlet – Denilson Lopes (UFRJ)
Palmyra – Milton de Andrade (Udesc)
Clandestine Country – Sara Rojo (UFMG)
salt. – Denise Espírito Santo (UERJ)

Practice of Reviewing

Daily Review

Daily production of reviews on the festival shows for print and virtual broadcast.

Coordinator and critic: Julia Guimarães (Minas Gerais)

With critics: César Ribeiro (guest artist, director of Garagem 21 group in São Paulo), Clóvis Domingos – Horizonte da Cena (Minas Gerais), Diogo Spinelli – Farofa Crítica (Rio Grande do Norte), Juliano Gomes – Revista Cinética (Rio de Janeiro), Laís Machado –Plataforma Araká (Bahia), Michele Rolim – Agora Crítica Teatral (Rio Grande do Sul), Renan Ji – Questão de Crítica (Rio de Janeiro)

Celebratory opening: 10 years from now …
With critics: Daniel Schenker, Daniele Avila Small, Paulo Mattos, Patrick Pessoa and Renan Ji, members of the magazine Questão de Crítica, which completes 10 years of activities in March 2018.

Roundtable: Contemporary scene: critic overview
Mediator and participant: Julia Guimarães
Participants: César Ribeiro (guest artist, director of Garagem 21 group in São Paulo), Clóvis Domingos – Horizonte da Cena, Diogo Spinelli – Farofa Crítica, Juliano Gomes – Revista Cinética, Laís Machado – Plataforma Araká, Michele Rolim – Agora Crítica Teatral, Renan Ji – Questão de Crítica

Debates and book launches

Book: Afetos, relações e encontros com filmes brasileiros contemporâneos (Affections, relationships and encounters with contemporary Brazilian movies), of Denilson Lopes. Comments: Rubens Machado

Book: O teatro negro em perspectiva: dramaturgia e cena negra no Brasil e em Cuba (Perspectives of black theater: dramaturgy and the black scene in Brazil and in Cuba), by Marcos Alexandre. Comments: Allan da Rosa

Book: O que pensam os curadores de Artes Cênicas (What do Performing Arts curators think), by Michele Rolim. Comments: Rita Aquino

Mediator: Patrick Pessoa

N-1 Launchings + Round table: The world becoming black

Book: Necropolitics, by Achille Mbembe

Cordel books: The Burden of Race, de Achille Mbembe, e Eu, um crioulo (Me, a creole), by José Fernando Azevedo

Roundtable with panel members invited by N-1 publisher: José Fernando Azevedo, Rosane Borges and Tatiana Roque.
Mediator: Peter Pál Pelbart

Cultural Journalism Lab

In partnership with MITsp, the communication students from PUC-SP will cover the Critical Views program under the guidance of Professor Fabio Cypriano.

Pedagogical Activities

Curator: Maria Fernanda Vomero

Roundtable: Intersections between nonverbal poetics
Participants: Aby Cohen (São Paulo), Renato Bolelli Rebouças (São Paulo) and José Roberto Jardim (São Paulo)

Roundtable: Crossing borders: immigration, asylum and art
Participants: Miguel Rocha (São Paulo),Bela Feldman-Bianco (São Paulo) and artists from the theater lab.

Roundtable: Non-normativity: creative possibilities of expression
Participants: Liv Elf Karlén (Sweden), Leona Jhovs (São Paulo) and Ferdinando Martins (São Paulo), mediated by Dodi Leal (São Paulo).

Roundtable: Meeting with the crew of Minefield
Participants: Marcelo Vallejo (Argentina), David Jackson (England), Lucila Piffer (Argentina), Luz Algranti (Argentina)

Workshop: Atelier Encyclopédie de la parole (Speech Encyclopedia)
Facilitators: Joris Lacoste (France), artist in focus of MITsp 2018

Workshop: Clandestine Memories
Facilitators: Florencia Lindner (Uruguay), Jorge Eiro (Argentina), Lucía Miranda (Spain), Maëlle Poésy (France) and Pedro Granato (Brazil)

Workshop: Feedback techniques and mediation of creative processes.
Facilitators: Georg Weinand (Netherlands)

Workshop: Across the borders (theater lab)
Facilitator: Miguel Rocha (São Paulo)

Workshop: Politics in the room
Facilitators: Bertrand Lesca (France) and Nasi Voutsas (Greece)

Workshop: To be or not to be: a rebellious self-portrait
Facilitator: Boris Nikitin (Switzerland)

Workshop: Special – workshop with Krystian Lupa
Facilitator: Krystian Lupa (Poland)

Workshop: Translations / Perversions
Facilitator: Victoria Pérez Royo (Spain)

Workshop: Urban performativity: trying ways to be present in the city
Facilitators: Marcelo Carnevale (São Paulo) and Ana Luisa Santos (Minas Gerais)

Workshop: Intersections between nonverbal poetics
Facilitators: Aby Cohen and Renato Bolelli Rebouças

Workshop: Ordinary texts on stage
Facilitator: Susanne Kennedy (Germany)

Workshop: Non-normativity: creative possibilities of expression
Facilitator: Liv Elf Karlén (Sweden)

Worshop and lecture: Theater internationalization
Facilitator: Iva Horvat (Croatia / Spain)

Short Credits:

Production Director: Guilherme Marques
Artistic Director: Antônio Araújo
International Relations: Jenia Kolesnikova e Natália Machiaveli
Production Manager: Rachel Brumana

MITsp 2017 – International Theatre Festival of São Paulo, 4th edition, from 14th to 21th of March

Resume of 4th MITsp Shows

Show: En Avant, Marche! (Belgium)
Directed by: Alain Platel, Frank Van Laecke e Steven Prengels

Show: Mission in Fragments: 12 scenes of decolonization in self-defense (Brazil)
Directed by: Eugênio Lima
Company: Legitimate Self-Defense

Show: Black Off (South Africa)
Directed by: Ntando Cele
Company: Manaka Empowerment Productions

Show: White: the smell of lily and formol (Brazil)
Directed by: Alexandre Dal Farra and Janaina Leite

Show: Riding on a Cloud (Lebanon)
Directed By: Rabih Mroué

Show: Mateluna (Chile)
Directed by: Guillermo Calderón

Show: For The Sky not to Fall (Brazil)
Directed by: Lia Rodrigues
Company: Lia Rodrigues Dance Company

Show: Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (Germany)
Directed by: Susanne Kennedy
Company: Münchner Kammerspiele

Show: Pixelated Revolution (Lebanon)
Directed by: Rabih Mroué

Show: So Little Time (Lebanon)
Directed by: Rabih Mroué

Resume of 4th MITsp parallel activities

Critical Views

“Public dimensions of the crisis and forms of resistance” is the theme of a seminar that aims to discuss the relations between politics and aesthetics, art and social context, in three ways: public representation, public space and the relationship with the public. These questions are present in all the activities: Crossing Dialogues, Ongoing Thoughts, Essay Space, Practice of Reviewing and Book Launches, inviting artists and researchers from theater and other fields to broaden the experience of the spectacles and extend the debate .
Curators: Luciana Romagnolli and Kil Abreu.
Organization, research and texts: Pollyana Diniz

Crossing Dialogues

Spoken reviews of each show are done in the venue shortly after the end of a performance to create a dialogue with the audience. We invite artists and thinkers from other fields of knowledge to cast their views, to cross borders and broaden the understanding of the works.
Speakers: Reginaldo Nasser, Maria Homem, Ana Paula Maia, Davi Kopenawa, Silvio Luiz de Almeida, Ilana Feldman, Djamila Ribeiro, Edson Teles.
Mediation: Cristiane Zuan Esteves, Verônica Veloso and Ruy Cortez

Aesthetic & Political Thinking

Seminar: Public dimensions of the crisis and forms of resistance.
Mediation: Patrick Pessoa
Table 1 “Conditions for practice and perception of re-existence”.
: Heloisa Buarque de Hollanda, Marcio Abreu and Vladimir Safatle
Table 2 “Dissidence on the left: crisis of representation as a public process”.
Guests: Ferréz, Ivana Bentes and Lúcio Flávio Pinto
Table 3 “Speech places and the emergence of micropolitics”
Guests: Rosane Borges, Suely Rolnik and Todd Tomorrow
Table 4 “The street as a stage for protest: aesthetic and political strategies of public mobilization”.
: Marcelo Freixo, Nina Caetano and Pablo Ortellado


“And what do we do with the public? Theatricality, audience and democracy “.
With the researcher Óscar Cornago (Spain)

Round table: “Theater in Palestine: relations between politics and art”

With the Palestinian actor and director Ihab Zahdeh, the Chilean actress of Palestinian descent Andrea Giadach, from the show Mateluna, and the Performing Arts researcher and Brazilian activist Maria Fernanda Vomero.
Mediation: Ferdinando Martins

Public interview with director and playwright Guillermo Calderón
: Daniele Avila Small (Electronic Journal Critique Question) and Welington Andrade (Cult Magazine)

Essay Space
Researchers of the Brazilian universities post-graduate programs in performing arts write articles about the creative trajectories of the MITsp invited artists.
Authors: Fernando Villar (UNB), Daniele Avila Small (UNIRIO), Stephan Baumgartel (UDESC), Christine Greiner (PUC-SP), José Fernando Azevedo (USP), Luiz Fernando Ramos (USP), Nina Caetano Martins (USP).

Ongoing Thoughts
Public encounters with the artists from the Festival’s guest shows, who’ll share their creative processes with the audience.
Mediators: Fernando Villar, Pollyanna Diniz, Stephan Baumgartel, José Fernando Azevedo, Luiz Fernando Ramos, Ferdinando Martins, Nina Caetano and Christine Greiner.

Practice of Reviewing

– Daily review
Daily production of reviews on the shows are printed and posted at the MITsp website. ( Part of the writers are critics of DocumentaCena – reviewing platform which gathers the electronic magazine Questão de Crítica (Mariana Barcelos / Renan Ji), the website Horizonte da Cena (Daniel Toledo) and the blog Satisfeita, Yolanda? (Ivana Moura) – are also part the Agora – Theatre Reviewing website (Michele Rolim); the Antro Positivo journal (Ruy Filho); and the guests Welington Andrade and Miguel Arcanjo Prado.
Coordination: Soraya Belusi

– Immediate Review
Proposed by the Antro Positivo journal, founded by Ruy Filho and Patrícia Cividanes, the Immediate Review is made of first impression comments. A short review, written shortly after the exit of the show and published on social networks: or
Critics: Ruy Filho, Ana Carolina Marinho, Claudio André, Marcio Tito, Maria Teresa Cruz and Patricia Bergantyn

Round Table: “Criticism and Curatorship”
Mediation: Michele Rolim (Agora Theatre Reviewing)

– Round Table “Criticism and Engagement”
Mediation: Ivana Moura (Satisfeita, Yolanda?)

– Round Table “Contemporary scene: critical panoramas”
The researchers Edélcio Mostaço, Sílvia Fernandes, Óscar Cornago and Christine Greiner will follow the MITsp programming and produce one review each on the Festival’s shows to promote reflections coming from different viewing points on the current scene. These panoramic texts will be presented to the public at the discussion table.

Special events

– Conference: “Contemporary German Theater”
With the researcher Didier Plassard (France)

– Master class: “Theatricality, violence and the performativity of pain”
With the researcher Ileana Diéguez Caballero (Mexico)


– “Gordon Craig: Legacy to the Contemporary Scene”
With the researchers Didier Plassard and Luiz Fernando Ramos

– “Contemporary Brazilian dramaturgy”
With the playwrights Alexandre Dal Farra, Grace Passô, Pedro Kosovski and Vinicius Calderoni

Seminar: Unspoken Things: racism and the decolonization of thought
The seminar invites thinkers from different areas of knowledge to reflect on the unfolding of black slavery and the forms of racism in Brazil and in the world. The goal is to deconstruct the legacies of colonial thinking by putting at stake the essence of  “others” that have been consolidated as hegemonic systems and created a culture of violence and oppression that can not be eliminated by decree. It is necessary to transform the ways of being and, above all, to change our imagery. It is necessary to restore for the “others” the right to self-representation.
Curation: Eugênio Lima and Majoí Gongora

Table 1: “Negritude” and “Branquitude”: complexifying discussions about race and privilege structures
Debater: Giovana Xavier

– Table 2: Black Feminism: Knowledge and Self-Determination
Debaters: Djamila Ribeiro and Patricia Collins

Pegagogic Activities

The exchange of experiences between international and Brazilian artists, in previous editions of MITsp, proved to be a successful and very positive initiative. In 2017, the planned activities contemplate not only the sharing of creative processes by our foreign guests, but also the dialogue about the urgent themes of the national reality. To Brazilian professionals and students, this is a great opportunity to experience creative forms of resistance alongside the world’s artistic leading names of the theatre scene.
Curation: Maria Fernanda Vomero

Artistic residence

Acts of resistance I – Orientation: Ihab Zahdeh

Acts of resistance II – Orientation: Martha Kiss Perrone


– Brazil in pixels
With director and performer Rabih Mroué

– Express myself beyond my skin
With the performer and director Ntando Cele

– Go, pots, go!
With composer Steven Prengels

Conversation Circle

From cinema to theater: how do movies turn into plays.
With the director Susanne Kennedy and the dramaturgist Johanna Höhmann

Public Performances

Pandemic Manifestos
The MITsp and the n-1 editions will cause a pandemic in the streets of São Paulo. The texts of the Pandemic series of little books, theoretical, political, philosophical and ecological provocations, will be performed by 11 actors, triggering uprising and upcoming insurgencies. The zero point of dissemination is the center of the city, but at every boundary, north, south, east, and west, other outbreaks will emerge – a networked pandemic that spreads in order to break the existing consensus and the paralysis of thoughts, attacking what they claim to be our only present.

Actress: Bete Coelho / Musicians: Felipe Antunes and Guilherme Calzavar
Text: Quando as ruas queimam: manifesto pela emergência (When the streets burn: manifesto for emergency)
Author: Vladimir Safatle

Actress: Roberta Estrela D’Alva
Text: Mulheres negras: carta aberta à um dia amiga Márcia (Black women: open letter to a day friend Márcia)
Author: Marilene Felinto

Actor: Pascoal da Conceição
Text: Limitar o limite: modos de subsistência (Limit the limit: ways of subsistence)
Author: Alexandre Nodari

Actress: Juliana Galdino
Text: Uma biopolítica menor (A minor biopolitics)
Author: Giorgio Agamben

Actress: Georgette Fadel
Text: O capital (se)move (The capital moves (itself))
Author: Brian Massumi

Actor: Cacá Carvalho
Text: Os involuntários da pátria (The involuntaries of the motherland)
Author: Eduardo Viveiros de Castro

Actress: Camila Pitanga
Text: A hora da micropolítica (Micropolitics times)
Author: Suely Rolnik

Actor: Danilo Grangheia
Text: Carta aberta aos secundaristas (Open Letter to high school students)
Author: Peter Pál Pelbart

Actor: Rodrigo Bolzan
Text: Glossário do Homem Endividado (Glossary of the Indebted Man)
Author: Maurizio Lazzarato

Actor: Ailton Grace
Text: A Missão em Fragmentos (The Mission in Fragments)
Author: Heiner Müller (Translation: Christine Röhrig)

Actor: Eduardo Moreira
Text: O intolerável + Escutas em transe (The intolerable + trance listening)
Author: Laymert Garcia dos Santos

Créditos Resumidos

Conception and Production Head Director: Guilherme Marques
Conception and Artistic Director: Antonio Araújo
Institutional Relations Director: 
Rafael Steinhauser
International Relations: 
Natália Machiaveli e Jenia Kolesnikova

MITsp 2016 – International Theatre Festival of São Paulo, 3th edition, from 4 to 13 of March

Resume of 3th MITsp Shows

Show: Revolting Music – (South Africa)
Company: Neo Muyanga
Director: Neo Muyanga

Show: Le Cargo (The Cargo) – (Congo)
Company: Studios Kabako
Director: Faustin Linyekula

Show: Vodou City (Cidade Vodu) – (Brazil)
Company: Teatro de Narradores
Director: José Fernando de Azevedo

Show: An Old Monk – (Belgic)
Company: LOD Muziektheater
Director: Josse De Pauw

Show: 100% São Paulo – (Germany/Brazil)
Company: Rimini Protokoll
Directors: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel

Show: A Tragédia Latino-Americana (The Latin-American Tragedy) – (Brazil)
Company: Ultralíricos
Director: Felipe Hirsch

Show: (A)pollonia – (Poland)
Company: Nowy Teatr
Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski

Show: Ça ira – (France)
Company: Compagnie Louis Brouillard
Director: Joël Pommerat

Show: Still Life – (Greece)
Company: Dimitris Papaioannou
Director: Dimitris Papaioannou

Show: Cinderella (Cendrillon) – (Belgic)
Company: The National Theater/ Brussels and Compagnie Louis Brouillard
Director: Joël Pommerat

Resume of 3th MITsp parallel activities

Critical Views

Curators: Fernando Mencarelli and Sílvia Fernandes
The MITsp offers a number of activities that seek to improve the perception of the audience, through a critical and provocative perspective, believing that theater critique may boost the encounter between the viewer and the creative work: clues, keys, gaps, connections.

Ongoing Thought

The artists of the Festival are invited to speak about their creative processes, revealing the internal structures and textures of their works.
Mediators: Johana Albuquerque and Julia Guimarães.

Crossing Dialogue

Oral reviews take place immediately after the second performance of each show of the Festival, on the same venue, by artists and thinkers from different fields of knowledge.
Participants: Roberto Zular, Guilherme Wisnik, Cida Bento, Paulo Lins, Nuno Ramos, Omar Ribeiro Thomaz, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Milton Hatoum, Eliane Robert Moraes, Jair Ramos
Mediators: Edélcio Mostaço, Tatiana Motta Lima, Sônia Sobral, Maria Lúcia Pupo

Essays Space
MITsp invites researchers from Brazilian universities to write about the creative trajectories of our guest artists.
Participants: Matteo Bonfito, Marta Isaacsson , Ana Maria Bulhões-Carvalho, Luciana Romagnolli, Antonia Pereira Bezerra, Tatiana Motta Lima, Jair Ramos, Edélcio Mostaço, Julia Guimarães, Roberta Estrela D’Alva.

Esthetic & Political Thinking

MITsp invites guests to join three debate tables about the main themes of this edition.
Mediator: Fernando Mencarelli.

Narrative’s place on the contemporary scene

With Luis Alberto de Abreu, Edélcio Mostaço and Christophe Triau.

Kantor’s Legacy: Polish contemporary theater

With Tomasz Kirenczuk, Nelson de Sá and Christine Greiner. 

Documentary Theater: strengths and limitations

With Marcelo Soler, José Fernando Azevedo and Peter Pal Pélbart.

Practice of Reviewing

  • The Documenta Cena – Review Platform, composed by the blog Satisfeita, Yolanda?, the websites Horizonte da Cena and Teatrojornal, and the electronic journal Questão de Crítica, continues the partnership with MITsp since the first edition, holding the segment called Practicing Criticism, in which critics write and deliver reviews about the shows every day, for electronic and printed press.
  • Reception and Critique – Participants: Daniele Avila Small, Edélcio Mostaço, Kil Abreu, Patrick Pessoa and Maria Lúcia Pupo.
  • Critique Day – A journey about the theater critique on digital platforms in Brazil and in the world. – Participants: Agora team, Jürgen Berger, Federico Zurita members of Horizonte da Cena, Teatrojornal, Satisfeita, Yolanda?, Questão de Crítica and Antro Positivo. Mediators: Michele Rolim and Renato Mendonça (Agora)
  • Special Publication MITsp 2016 Performative Critique: In real time for eight uninterrupted hours, in front of the public and with guest participation, a review on the show Ça ira, by Joël Pommerat, will be written. Participants are Ruy Filho and Ana Carolina Marinho, responsible for writing, and Patricia Cividanes that will give graphic inputs during the process.

Unspoken Things

Curators: Eugênio Lima, José Fernando de Azevedo and Leda Maria Martins

The International Debate Cycle invites a discussion over the poetic and political elaboration of the image of “blackness”: its historical social developments and their effects on the construction of the “black persona”, under the artistic languages.

Participants: Eugênio Lima, José Fernando de Azevedo, Leda Maria Martins, Luiz Felipe Alencastro, Ana Maria Gonçalves, Neo Muyanga and Grada Kilomba.

Pedagogical  Activities

Curator: Maria Fernanda Vomero

The axis Educational Activities hosts several encounters between international and Brazilian artists for experience exchange. The initiatives allow the professionals from invited theater companies to share their methods of creation and their views on the contemporary scene. To the Brazilian artists, these encounters are an opportunity for major learning with prominent figures of the art world.


  • Artistic residency with the director Yuri Butusov.
  • Stage experiment:
    With: Ana Carolina Godoy, Lena Roque, Luciana Canton, Marco Biglia, Pedro Felicio, Raphael Teixeira, Rodrigo Fidelis, Silvana Stein.
    Assistant director: Maurice Perussi.
  • Mini Residency with Teatro de Narradores (Storytellers Theater), of Vodou City.
  • Workshop with the Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula, of Le Cargo;
  • Workshop with the Greek dancer and choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou, of Still Life;
  • Workshop on theater technical creation, focusing on lighting. By Katarzyna Luszczyk, of A(pollonia);
  • Class-conference with the Belgians Kris Defoort, Nicolas Thys and Lander Gyselinck, musicians of An Old Monk;
  • Masterclass with the French set designer Eric Soyer, of Cie. Louis Brouillard.
  • Round table on technical creation in the theater: the light on / in / of the scene. With Alessandra Domingues, Beto Bruel and Guilherme Bonfanti. Mediator: Francisco Turbiani.
  • Round Table on production: the case of LOD Music Theater in Flanders, Belgium, with director Hans Bruneel and artistic director Valérie Martino. Mediator: Ferdinando Martins.
  • Process Opening with Núcleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos: Brazil-Poland meetings;
  • Process Opening with the dancer and choreographer Cristian Duarte: Laboratory Ó.

Short Credits:

Conception and Production Head Director: Guilherme Marques
Conception and Artistic Director: Antonio Araújo
Institutional Relations Director: Rafael Steinhauser
International Relations: Jenia Kolesnikova e João Passos

MITsp 2015 – International Theatre Festival of São Paulo, 2th edition, from 6 to 15 of March

Resume of 2th MITsp Shows

Show: The Seagull – (Russia)
Director: Yuri Butusov
Company: Satiricon Theater – A. Raykin

Show: Julia – (Brazil)
Direction and Conception: Christiane Jatahy
Company: Cia Vértice

Show: What If They Went To Moscow? (E Se Elas Fossem Para Moscou?) –(Brazil)
Direction and Conception: Christiane Jatahy
Company: Cia Vértice

Show: Woyzeck – (Ukraine)
Director: Andriy Zholdak
Company:  Svoboda Zholdak Theater and Cherkasy Academic Drama Music Theatre named T.Shevchenko

Show: Stifters Dinge – (Switzerland/ Germany)
Direction: Heiner Goebbels
Production: Theatre Vidy-Lausanne

Show: Miss Julie – (Germany/ England)
Directors: Katie Mitchell and Leo Warner
Company:  Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz

Show: Opus No.7 – (Russia)
Director: Dmitry Krymov
Company: Dmitry Krymov Lab and the Moscow Theater of Dramatic Arts

Show: Archive – (Israel)
Author, director e choreographer: Arkadi Zaides
Company: Arkadi Zaides

Show: Song From Far Away – (The Netherlands)
Director:  Ivo van Hove
Company: Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Show: The Macaluso Sisters – (Italy)
Author Director: Emma Dante
Company: Compagnia Sud Costa Occidentale

Show: Dying of Love, Second Inevitable Act: To Die – (Colombia)
Director: Jorge Hugo Marín
Company: Fundación La Maldita Vanidad Teatro

Show: Killing Time – Colombia
Director: Jorge Hugo Marín
Company: Fundación La Maldita Vanidad Teatro

Resume of 2th MITSp  parallel activities

Critical Views:

The theater critique can maximize the encounter between the viewer and the creative work: clues, keys, holes, connections. Therefore, MITsp offers a number of activities that seek to improve the perception of the audience, through a critical and provocative perspective.

Curators: Fernando Mencarelli e Silvia Fernandes.
Organization, research and texts: Luciana Romagnolli.

Crossing Dialogues

Shortly after each show’s first performance, artists and thinkers from different fields of knowledge present their reviews.

Participants: Arthur Nestrovski, Bernardo Carvalho and Arkadi Zaides, Eder Santos, Francisco Foot Hardman, Ismail Xavier, José Miguel Wisnik, Luiz Camillo Osorio, Maria Rita Kehl, Norval Baitello Júnior, Raquel Rolnik, Renato Mezan.
Mediators: Valmir Santos and Beth Néspoli.

Pathways in Perspective

Researchers of Brazilian Universities introduce us to the creative trajectories of the MITsp invited guest artists.

Participants: Bya Braga, Christine Greiner, Cláudio Cajaiba, Flora Süssekind, Maria Beatriz Medeiros, Maria Helena Werneck, Maria Lucia Pupo, Silvana Garcia, Walter Lima Torres Neto. Guest Researcher: Josette Féral.

Essays Space

Researchers are invited to write about the Festival’s guest artists, their raw materials and creative processes. Their texts are compiled in the MITsp book-program.

Ongoing Thought

The Festival guest artists are invited to talk about their creative process, exposing the internal textures and structures of their artwork.

Practice of Reviewing

The Documenta Cena – Review Platform, composed by the blog Satisfeita, Yolanda?, the websites Horizonte da Cena and Teatrojornal, and the electronic journal Questão de Crítica; plus the invited critics Beth Néspoli, Daniel Schenker, Michel Fernandes, Ruy Filho and Welington Andrade, will write daily reviews on the shows for electronic and printed press.

Performative Review

In real time for ten uninterrupted hours, in front of the public and with guest participation, a review on the show Song From Far Away (co-production of MITsp and Toneelgroup Amsterdam) will be written. The public may watch, read, suggest, participate and interfere in this search for another possibility of doing critique. Conception: Antro Positivo.

Reviewers: Ruy Filho and Ana Carolina Marinho.

Esthetic & Political Thinking

Four discussion tables organized with the following themes:

Conflict Zones I: Ukraine – Russia

With: Eduardo Jorge, Fabiano Mielniczuk and Vitorio Sorotiuk

Conflict Zones II: Palestine-Israel

With: Arlene Clemesha and Sílvio Tendler

Injunction Zones: Theater – Cinema

With: Daniel SchenkerRicardo Fabbrini and Tata Amaral.

Intersection Zones: matrices of the current scene

With: Josette Féral, José Antonio Sánchez, Kil Abreu and Luiz Fernando Ramos

Life without theater or theater without life: Lecture-Performance by Andriy Zholdak

What are the roots of theater? How to turn a robot-actor into a human-actor? Why is the urge of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods to give it to humans, so lacking in contemporary theater? Are the actors mortal or immortal? Has the theater still any importance? The Ukrainian director Andriy Zholdak will talk about these and other questions.

Playwright in Heavy Shades

In a open interview format, the British award-winning playwright Simon Stephens talks to the public about features and directions of contemporary dramaturgy and about his own artistic production, which includes works such as Pornography (2007), Punk Rock (2009) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2012) – the latter has already been staged in Brazil, directed by Moacyr Góes. The interviewer is the Brazilian (also awarded) director and playwright Leonardo Moreira, Cia. Hiatus.

The Russian Contemporary Scene

A prominent Russian artist (Krymov), one of the main critics and curators of Moscow and two Russian theater scholars draw a picture and contemplate on the course and the trends of the Russian theater scene.  With Dmitry Krymov, Roman Dolzhansky and Elena Vássina.
Mediator: Arlete Cavaliere.

Educational Meetings

The Educational Meetings are a set of experience exchange activities between Brazilians and international artists. In this segment of the Festival, the guest artists share their creative methods and their understanding of the contemporary scene. It offers a great opportunity for Brazilian artists to learn from important figures of the art world.

Coordination: Maria Fernanda Vomero


  • Attendance of final rehearsals with Ivo van Hove;
  • Workshop with Simon Stephens: aspects of contemporary drama;
  • Workshop with Mark Eitzel: soundtrack in dialogue with the scene;
  • Lecture by Wouter van Ransbeek: management processes in the European theater – the case of Toneelgroep Amsterdam;
  • The theater of absence: workshop by Heiner Goebbels, director of Stifters Dinge;
  • The actor-director relationship in the creation process: master class by Yuri Butusov, director of The Seagull;
  • Emma Dante’s method: practical workshop with Cia Sud Costa Occidentale;
  • The risky theater: how to kill a bad actor. Workshop with Andriy Zholdak;
  • The scene creation and the actor: Practical workshop with La Maldita Vanidad company;
  • DocumentaCena theater critique lab;

Short Credits:

Conception and Production Head Director: Guilherme Marques
Conception and Artistic Director:
Antonio Araújo
Institutional Relations Director: Rafael Steinhauser
International Relations: Jenia Kolesnikova, Guilherme Marinheiro And Natália Machiaveli

MITsp 2014 – International Theatre Festival of São Paulo, 1th edition, from 8 to 16 of March

Resume of 1th MITsp Shows

Show: Anti-Prometheus –  (Turkey)
Director: Şahika Tekand
Company: Studio Oyuncular

Show: Welcome Home (Bienvenido a Casa) – (Uruguay)
: Roberto Suárez
Company: Pequeño Teatro de Morondanga

Show: Filmmakers (Cineastas) – (Argentina)
: Mariano Pensotti
Company: Marea

Show: Suddenly Everywhere is Black With People (De repente fica tudo preto de gente) – (The Netherlands/Brazil)
Director: Marcelo Evelin
Company: Demolition Inc.

Show: Escuela (School) – (Chile)
: Guillermo Calderón

Show: Yo No Soy Bonita (I Am Not Pretty) – (Spain)
: Angélica Liddell
Company: Atra Bílis Teatro

Show: Gólgota Picnic – (Spain)
: Rodrigo García
Company: La Carnicería

Show: Hamlet – (Lithuania)
: Oskaras Koršunovas
Company: OKT 

Show: Nous sommes pareils à ces crapauds qui… (We Are Like Those Toads…) and Ali – (France)

Nous sommes pareils à ces crapauds qui… (We Are Like Those Toads…): Artémis Stavridi, Mathurin Bolze e Hedi Thabet.
“Ali”: Mathurin Bolze e Hedi Thabet.
Company: MPTA – Les Mains, les  Pieds  et  la  Tête  Aussi

Show: On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God – (Italy)
Director: Romeo Castellucci
Company: Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio

Show: Ubu and the Truth Commission – (South Africa)
Director: William Kentridge
Company: Handspring Puppet Company

Resume of 1th MITsp parallel activities

Critical Views

The theater critique can maximize the encounter between the viewer and the creative work: clues, keys, holes, connections. Therefore, MITsp offers a number of activities that seek to improve the perception of the audience, through a critical and provocative perspective.

Curators: Fernando Mencarelli e Silvia Fernandes.
Organization, research and texts: Julia Guimarães

Crossing Dialogues

Shortly after each show’s first performance, artists and thinkers, from different fields of knowledge present their reviews.

Speakers: Alejandro Ahmed, Felipe Hirsch, Frei Betto, Ismail Xavier, Laymert Garcia dos Santos, Lisette Lagnado, Pedro Cesarino , Peter Pal Pélbart , Suely Rolnik , Tales Ab’Sáber , Vladimir Safatle.
Mediator: Beth Néspoli

Pathways in Perspective

Researchers of Brazilian Universities introduce us to the creative trajectories of the MITsp guest artists.

Speakers: Andre Carreira, Clovis Massa, Fernando Villar, Helena Katz, José Da Costa, Lúcia Romano, Luiz Fernando Ramos, Narciso Telles, Nina Caetano, Renato Ferracini, Sara Rojo, Stephan Baumgartel

Essays Space

Researchers are invited to write about the Festival guest artists, their raw materials and creative processes. Their texts are compiled in the MITsp book-program.

Ongoing Thought

The Festival guest artists are invited to talk about their creative process, exposing the internal textures and structures of their artwork. Cecília Almeida Salles, expert in creative processes, will conduct the talks.

Practice of Reviewing

The Collective of Critics is a temporary gathering of theater critics, with an active presence on the internet. It is composed by the blog Satisfeita, Yolanda? (PE), the websites Horizonte da Cena (MG) and Teatrojornal (SP), and the electronic journal Questão de Crítica (RJ); throughout the festival period, they will write and deliver reviews on the shows, for electronic and printed press, which will be distributed in the venues one day after the premiere.


Posted on social networks, the reviews seek to influence and be influenced by someone else’s writing, and together at the end, they create a network of critic thinking, a polyphonic writing, without hierarchy and, therefore, multifocal.

Critique on the Criticism

Scholars and critics talk about the challenges of producing theater critics today. A roundtable composed by Kil Abreu, Luiz Fernando Ramos, Edelcio Mostaço + Collective of Critics, with mediation of Fernando Mencarelli.

Meeting Forum

–— encounters –— starting point is a project developed by Igor since 2009 -“Table Talks” – and the research on performance and the poetics and politics of encounter being elaborated by Eleonora through artistic and theoretical practices since 2008.

Artistic Exchange
: Ruy Cortez

The workshop “The Scenic Creation Out Of Sound Elements” is conducted by Simon McBurney, artistic director of Complicite company and the sound designer Gareth Fry, the workshop will last four days and will investigate ways of scenic creation that has sound elements as a starting point.

Short Credits:

Conception and Production Head Director: Guilherme Marques
Conception and Artistic Director:
Antonio Araújo
Institutional Relations Director: Rafael Steinhauser
International Relations: Natália Machiaveli e Jenia Kolesnikova