teat(r)o oficina

Teat(r)o Oficina, Untitled (2016)

Teat(r)o Oficina Uzyna Uzona is the longest running theatre company in Brazil, responsible for scenic innovations in dialogue with the architecture of its building, designed by Lina Bo Bardi and Edson Elito. The theatre is an important agent of Brazilian aesthetic renewal, an heir to Oswald de Andrade and his manifestos—its plays invoke the act of ingesting as a tool—and a contemporary of Tropicália. Artacho Jurado made grand events of his building inaugurations, holding ribbon-cutting ceremonies beginning with his first works for the Brazilian National Fairs, inspired by European Universal Exhibitions. In photographs from his daughter Diva Jurado’s collection, we see Diva as a child holding a pair of scissors on a silver tray, delivering them to then-state comptroller Adhemar de Barros, to inaugurate the first National Fair of São Paulo Industries (1940). Later, in the Bretagne building (1958), we see Aurélio Jurado Artacho cutting the ribbon with a priest beside him. This ceremony was also attended by Miss USA, various movie stars, and TV Tupi actors (the Monções construction company, owned by the Jurado brothers, sponsored the “Grande Teatro Monções,” a TV Tupi teletheater production). Inspired by these opening rituals, on the 9th day of the 9th month, at 9 pm—the museum’s opening night—fitas do Bonfim, or Bonfim ribbons, were cut, in a performance with actors from Teat(r)o Oficina. They gifted the louvre pau-brazyl with a hymn featuring excerpts from Andrade’s “Manifesto of Pau-Brasil Poetry” (1924) and his poem “Falação” (1925). In a parallel with the book Poesia Pau Brasil (1925) which begins with the poem “Escapulário,” a prayer to poetry, the museu do louvre pau-brazyl begins with the singing of its hymn and the baptism of its palatial corridors.


language without archaisms

language without archaism
without erudition
natural and neological
the million-dollar contribution of all the errors
how we speak
how we are
the forest and the school
the National Museum
kitchen, minerals, and dance