Enlatado Theatre Company
The Enlatado Theatre Company, formed by Fernanda Mandagará, Maíra De Grandi and Mariana Mantovani, develops a research related with new dramaturgy and new staging formats. Through references as capoeira, contemporary dance, site-specific, devising, literature and physical theatre, the company intends to put in check the borders between theatre, dance and immersive theatre. An existential funny theatre physical show for kids, a dance-theatre show where a woman falls in love with her horse, and a fast-food site-specific with the duration of 3 minutes are some examples of the how the group reinvent themselves and it’s always trying a sincere encounter with the audience.
Enlatado Theatre Co. was founded in 2006 from the process devising the show Margaridas Enlatadas (Canned Daisies). It’s an adaptation from short tales by the Brazilian writer Caio Fernando Abreu. The initial pursue of the company was exploring the boundaries between drama and literature texts. This show was created as a final project as part of the BA Acting of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and i had done many professional venues and touring around Brazil: the show was part of the 15th International Theatre Festival Porto Alegre em Cena (Brazil) and also performed in Parlapatões Theatre and Sertãozinho Festival in São Paulo.
In 2009, when the company moved to São Paulo, the urban chaos aligned to the velocity of our time inspired the thematic of the group. The site-specific Drive-Thru, a fast-food of theatre where short monologues are presented one-to-one inside an acrylic box brought to context the individuality and the lack of communication in the big cities. After a successful season of four months at Roosevelt Square (well known theatrical region of São Paulo), the show has done many important venues and festivals around the country during the last years so far. From 2010 to 2013, the group developed different versions of the show Drive-Thru including one with texts of famous Brazilian writers made specially to be performed by the group.
In 2011, the children version of Drive-Thru has aroused in the group the will of creating a show for children. Then in 2012, the company would carry on the research initiated during the process of creating the show Margaridas Enlatadas, using literature as a starting point to create dramaturgy. They had found on the texts of the awarded German writer Peter Bichsel material to develop their show for young audiences: O Rinoceronte, a Lua e o Tonel (The Rhinoceros, the Moon and the Barrel), directed by Ramiro Silveira. This show had done some seasons in venues and it had had touring around São Paulo County in Brazil.
Keeping the proposal of looking for interchange with other artists, in 2014 inside of the programation of a huge annual event called Virada Cultural, the group coproduced with the Cia dos Outros (The Others’ Company) the show Feira de Mistérios e Novydades (Fair of Mysteries and News). It was a massive site-specific presented at Sesc Belenzinho (important venue in São Paulo) with dramaturgy of Carolina Bianchi, directed by Carolina Bianchi and Fernanda Mandagará.
In 2015, when Fernanda moves to London, the Company establish a research of dramaturgy focusing in the intercultural aspects, using a mix of different languages and cultural references. During this year, Maíra De Grandi spends a period in London, where she teaches capoeira to English actors. It made possible the development of an international interchange project for the company that will happen in 2017.
In 2016, Maíra de Grandi and Mariana Mantovani go further in the physical and textual dramaturgy research, resulting in the show 2[duas] (2 [two]), written and directed by Maíra De Grandi presented in São Paulo. Soon after both act in the theatre-dance show Me Voy a Saltar Sobre Su Cuerpo (I’m going to throw my body on top of your), written and directed by Carolina Bianchi, presented at Sesc Belenzinho in São Paulo.
Currently the company is presenting its repertory and is still pursuing new partners and inspirations in Brazil and around the world.
Drive-Thru Tropical (divulgação)
Foto by Carolina Berger - Artista Audiovisual - Fotógrafa