The strong thoughtful and educational character observed in the 1st and 2nd MITsp is repeated in this 3rd edition.
The Critic Views and Educational Activities are renewed in the intention of enhancing the encounter between the audience and the creative work, encouraging deep and critical thinking and providing opportunities for international and Brazilian artists to exchange experiences.

Critic Views

Curators: Fernando Mencarelli and Sílvia Fernandes

A MITsp propõe uma série de ações que buscam promover a formação do olhar dos espectadores, sob uma perspectiva crítica e provocadora, uma vez que a crítica teatral pode potencializar o encontro entre o espectador e a obra criativa: pistas, chaves, brechas, conexões. 

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.

Ça ira and Cinderella: Joël Pommerat. March 5th, at 16h30.

100% São Paulo: Rimini Protokoll. March 6th, at 11h.

Revolting Music: Neo Muyanga. March 6th, at 15h

STILL LIFE: Dimitris Papaioannou. March 6th, after the show.

An Old Monk: Josse De Pauw and musicians. March 11th at 16h30.

(A)pollonia: Jacek Poniedzialek. March 11th, after the show.

The Cargo (Le Cargo): Faustin Linyekula. March 12th, at 14h.

Cidade Vodu: José Fernando Azevedo. March 12th, at 16h30.

The Latin American Tragedy and the Latin American Comedy – First Part: The Latin American Tragedy: Felipe Hirsch, Daniela Thomas and Felipe Tassara.

March 13th, after the show
Location: Itaú Cultural

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. The idea is to bring to the theater the perspectives of other fields and expand the interpretations of the works, therefore renewing the critical activity itself. 30-minute talk followed by Q&A.

Cinderella (Joël Pommerat), with Roberto Zular. Mediator: Maria Lúcia Pupo. March 4th.

STILL LIFE (Dimitris Papaioannou), with Guilherme Wisnik. Mediator: Maria Lúcia Pupo. March 5th .

Revolting Music (Neo Muyanga), with Cida Bento. Mediator: Sonia Sobral. March 5th.

100% São Paulo (Rimini Protokoll), with Paulo Lins. Mediator: Maria Lúcia Pupo. March 6th.

Ça ira (Joël Pommerat), with Nuno Ramos. Mediator: Edélcio Mostaço. March 6th.

Voudu City (Cidade Vodu) (Teatro de Narradores), with Omar Ribeiro Thomaz. Mediator: Sonia Sobral. March 8th.

The Cargo (Le Cargo) (Faustin Linyekula), with Lilia Moritz Schwarcz. Mediator: Sonia Sobral.  March 10th.

The Latin American Tragedy and the Latin American Comedy – First Part: The Latin American Traged (Felipe Hirsch), with Milton Hatoum. Mediator: Maria Lúcia Pupo. March 10th.

An Old Monk (Josse De Pauw), with Eliane Robert Moraes. Mediator: Sonia Sobral.  March 11th.

(A)pollonia (Krzysztof Warlikowski), with Jair Ramos. Mediator: Tatiana Motta Lima. March 12th. 

Location: Itaú Cultural

Essays Space:

MITsp invites researchers from Brazilian universities to write about the creative trajectories of our guest artists, exploring ways to interpret the shows that are presented at MITsp. The texts are gathered on a book program which introduces the artists, their creative materials and methods to the audience.

STILL LIFE – Matteo Bonfito (Unicamp)

An Old Monk – Marta Isaacsson (UFRGS)

The Latin American Tragedy (A Tragédia Latino-Americana) – Ana Maria Bulhões-Carvalho (Unirio)

The Cargo (Le Cargo) – Luciana Romagnolli (USP)

Vodou City (Cidade Vodu) – Antonia Pereira Bezerra (UFBA)

(A)pollonia – Tatiana Motta Lima (Unirio) and Jair Ramos (UFF)

Ça ira and Cinderella – Edélcio Mostaço (Udesc)

100% São Paulo – Julia Guimarães (USP)

Revolting Music – Roberta Estrela D’Alva (PUC/SP)

Esthetic-Political Thinking:

MITsp invites guests to join three debate tables about the main themes of this edition. Each guest will have a 20-minute talk followed by a conversation with the public. Mediator: Fernando Mencarelli.

Narrative’s place on the contemporary scene

With Luis Alberto de Abreu, Edélcio Mostaço and Christophe Triau. March 9th, from 14h to 16h.

Kantor’s Legacy: Polish contemporary theater

With Tomasz Kirenczuk, Nelson de Sá and Christine Greiner. March 10th, from 14h to 16h.

Documentary Theater: strengths and limitations

With Marcelo Soler, José Fernando Azevedo and Peter Pal Pélbart. March 11th, from 14h to 16h.

From March 9th to 11th
Location: Itaú Cultural

Practicing Criticism:

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.

Next to DocumentaCena in the production of daily reviews, MITsp has the collaboration of Agora, a brazilian theater critique web portal with national reach. The portal contains reviews on shows from various regions of Brazil (Critical section) and also theoretical articles, interviews and reports (Theatrical Scene section).

Miguel Arcanjo Prado, vice president of APCA, is also a guest critic of this year. He is a journalist graduated from UFMG, postgraduate in Media, Information and Culture by USP and has a Master’s degree in Arts by UNESP under prof. dr. Alexandre Mate. He has worked for Globo TV, UFMG TV, Editora Abril, Folha de S.Paulo, Agora, R7, Record News and is a special theater reporter at UOL, besides being the editor of his website.

Printed reviews will be available at the second presentation of each show.

  • Reception and Critique:

The DocumentaCena will release the books: O Crítico Ignorante: uma negociação teórica complicada (The Ignorant Critic: a complicated theoretical negotiation) (7 Letras), by Daniele Avila Small; Soma e Sub-tração – territorialidades e recepção teatral (Sum and Sub-traction – theater territoriality and reception) (Edusp) of Edélcio Mostaço; and Para Alimentar o Desejo de Teatro (Feeding the Desire for Theater), by Maria Lúcia Pupo (Hucitec); besides a debate table.

Debate Table Reception and Critique. With Edélcio Mostaço, Daniele Avila Small, Kil Abreu and Patrick Pessoa.

March 7th from 14h to 16h30. Book launches starting at 16h30.
Location: Itaú Cultural

  • Critique Day – A journey about the theater critique on digital platforms in Brazil and in the world:

The Agora holds a full day dedicated to debate over the reviews on virtual platforms, with international guests. The theater critique found in virtual platforms a fertile ground to develop. The possibilities are many – and there are also many questions: what formats should the theater critique take in the Internet? How to ensure its legitimacy? What is its target audience? These and other related issues will be discussed through interviews and debates between critics and the MITsp audiences. Special guests are the critic Jürgen Berger (Germany) and Federico Zurita (Chile). Simultaneous translation available.

March 8th
: Goethe Institute

10h to 13h

  • Presentation of the Agora team;
  • Lectures by Jürgen Berger (Germany) and Federico Zurita (Chile). Mediator: Renato Mendonça (Agora).

14h30 to 17h30

  • The Agora invites the representing members of Horizonte da Cena, Teatrojornal, Satisfeita, Yolanda? and Questão de Crítica (from the DocumentaCena platform), Antro Positivo and the present public for a discussion, to debate about theater critique on virtual sites.  Mediator: Michele Rolim (Agora)
  • Special Publication MITsp 2016:

A revista digital Antro Positivo produzirá uma publicação digital sobre a mostra, com resenhas críticas e textos reflexivos sobre os espetáculos e encontros, e com projeto gráfico de Patrícia Cividanes. O coletivo é formado por Ruy Filho, Ana Carolina Marinho, Cláucio André, Maria Teresa Cruz e Leandro Nunes. O especial será lançado durante a MITsp, atualizado diariamente e poderá ser acessado gratuitamente.

The digital magazine Antro Positivo will produce a special digital publication on the Festival, with reviews and articles about the shows and the meetings. The collective is composed by Ruy Filho, Ana Carolina Marinho, Cláucio Andrew, Maria Teresa Cruz and Leandro Nunes. Graphic design by Patricia Cividanes. The publication will be released during MITsp, updated daily and freely accessed.

  • Performative Critique:

Once again in partnership with MITsp and Itaú Cultural, the Antro Positivo magazine makes room for a rather unusual dialogical writing. 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. The public may watch, read, suggest, participate and interfere in this search for another possibility of doing critique. The participants are Ruy Filho and Ana Carolina Marinho, responsible for writing, and Patricia Cividanes that will give graphic inputs during the process.

March 11th, from 9h30 to 17h30
Location: Itaú Cultural

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. After 12 years of affirmative action policies related to the “afro-descendant” population, the Brazilian society raises questions about the limits of black representativeness in the arts and what determines it. We cannot ignore the fact that slavery in Brazil is structural and structuring. How can one create knowledge that takes into account black people’s experiences in its full complexity? How to deal with the legacy of Colonial racism? And, especially in urgent times, how can art create a dialogue space for things that need to be said?

The guests are important activists and thinkers from Brazil and abroad. It is an attempt to overcome the official borders of knowledge and, therefore, to see new perspectives emerge, that can transform the historical complexity of black people’s condition in the world to imagine another world.

March 4th

  • Debate with the curators Eugênio Lima, José Fernando de Azevedo and Leda Maria Martins, from 16h to 18h.
  • Show Revolting Music, by Neo Muyanga, at 21h.

Poetic-Political Performance: In Self-Defense, directed by Eugênio Lima, at 22h.

Historical speeches and personal testimonies are spoken and intertwined with songs and poems that refer to the diaspora of blacks and its historical developments. Self-representation. Four microphones. Actors and actresses all in black. Resisting to the mainstream narrative. Seeking to give voice to their own history.

March 5th

  • Debate with guests Luiz Felipe Alencastro, Ana Maria Gonçalves and Neo Muyanga (Revolting Music), from 16h to 18h.
  • Show Revolting Music, by Neo Muyanga, at 21h.

March 6th

  • Lecture-Performance by Grada Kilomba: Decolonizing Knowledge, from 16h to 18h
  • Show Revolting Music, by Neo Muyanga, at 20h.

Location: CCSP – Centro Cultural São Paulo (São Paulo Cultural Center).