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Bother
Line

Solo Performance

Conceived and Performed by Gio Mielle

Directed by Debora Balardini

What is a person's creative expression and power in today's gender-based society through the Latina feminist lens? Bother Line explores humanization versus dehumanization and the daily impact it has on our bodies and identities. Through the writing of Helen Palmer, also known as famed Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, this solo performance is an original piece created and conceptualized by Gio Mielle and directed by Debora Balardini. This piece desires to discuss women (or men) at their best: free to decide who they want to be. From hypocrisy to exposure, from pathetic to poetic, this is the result of Gio Mielle's discomfort with the "lines" that make her the woman she is today. Lines, they bother her.

Bother Line is a 2018 Official Selection of United Solo, the largest solo theatre festival in the U.S. at TheaterRow on September 26th, 2018. 

 

PHOTOS: Skye Morse-Hodgson

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BOTHER LINE (2017-2018)

 

Solo Performance - Conceived and Performed by Gio Mielle

"Are you morally so old-fashioned as to regard female vanity as frivolous?"

This is how Helen Palmer questions her readers about the importance of keeping vanity up to date. Helen is the pseudonym of Clarice Lispector, a Ukrainian writer naturalized Brazilian who used her column in several newspapers, in the 50’s and 60’s, to give beauty and femininity tips to women all around the country. The issues raised by Clarice at the time come against the annoyances of Brazilian actress Gio Mielle. It is 2017 and feminism that lead Gio’s imagination to an obsessive interest about her universe as a woman. She finds herself bothered with issues that do not match with her own idea of a woman's place in the world today. “Why, despite struggling to make every women know her power and her uniqueness, I still look in the mirror and find myself bothered by a new aged line that appears on my face?” What kind of harmony do we seek for ourselves? What is the harmonious body within this commercial universe we live in that encourages us to cultivate an almost plastic beauty? Perhaps Aphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty, was responsible for creating the first frame of femininity. The goddess who finds in the common people the mirror of desperation of who wants to be like her. Is it harmonious to seek perfection, to search for the ideal body, the angelic face or the smooth skin? The humanity of the imperfect human-being leads to a kind of inhumanization when it gets to the constant attempt to perfect itself. Human-perfect-inhuman, should that be the goal in a person's life? What is the borderline of this constant need for acceptance? Gio touches these subjects in a personal way, sometimes critical, ironic and definitely in a reflexive way. The relationship with the public is constant. The audience identification with the subject causes discomfort and distress. From hypocrisy to exposure, this is the result of Gio Mielle’s own discomfort with the lines that make her the woman she is today. Lines, they bother her. PHOTOS: Rafael Acata

THE SEVEN KITTENS  (2017)

 

Evoé Collective presents Brazil Reads Brasil - 1st Edition. Written by the acclaimed brazilian writer Nelson Rodrigues. Directed by Débora Balardini. Supported by Group .BR and Punto Space.

Winner of the Brazilian International Press Award 2017 for Best Theatrical Production. 

ULYSSES' CHAPTER 10-Wondering Rocks

2017

 

Episode #10 of Ulysses by James Joyce at the Mathew Gallery in collaboration with Montez Press Magazine.

Montez Press Magazine invited 18 New York-based presses and organizations to select an artist or artist pair with whom they are associated to partake in the residency program, where each artist was called upon to reinterpret a section of Ulysses in their own chosen medium. What resulted is a new New York epic, told through an array of voices, lenses, and experiences. This event will display contributor artworks, performances, video, and readings. Following the exhibition, all work will be translated into an artist book to be released in 2018 in conjunction with next year's summer program.

INFINITE  WHILE IT LASTS (2013-2014)

 

Inspired by the life and works of Vinicius de Moraes. Group .BR first original and site specific production demanded a second run after sold out performances in 2013. The show happened in a bar, Nublu in 2013 and Studio 151 in 2014, inviting the audience to sit at tables, drink, savor Brazilian appetizers while seeing the life and works of Vinicius de Moraes unfold before them. Vinicius is a Brazilian poet and composer most known for being one of the creators of Bossa Nova and it’s biggest hits such as Girl From Ipanema. Set on a real bar with a live band and a cast of 8 actors the audience felt transported to the bohemian and romantic sides of Vinicius’ Rio de Janeiro. The play and it’s cast received 8 nominations to Brazilian International Press Awards, a nomination to the Inovative Theater Awards, a grant from National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), extensive media coverage and the presence of a variety of celebrities such Sônia Braga and Heloísa Pinheiro, the girl from Ipanema herself.

THE SERPENT
 

The Serpent (A Serpente) - 2012 - By Nelson Rodrigues

First play produced by Group .BR.

The Serpent (A Serpente) by Brazil’s most known playwright, Nelson Rodrigues. It was staged at Teatro LaTea (New York) and had 5 performances, 4 of them sold out. It was the confirmation that New York craved Brazilian theater. The play was nominated to the Brazilian International Press Awards and received extensive media coverage.  

APPLE OF MY EYE

An innovative physical theater piece that marks the first time ever a play written by an artist with down syndrome is professionally produced.  Tathiana Piancastelli, a 31 year old Brazilian woman wrote the story of Bella, a teenager in search of love and social acceptance. Along with a cast of 10 actors and under the direction of Debora Balardini, Tathiana explores the themes of romantic love, “normality” and community through the use of movement, text and video. World Tour started July 17th in Miami!  

MEU VAZIO É O MOVIMENTO (2011)

 

One of the metaphors that Alana Rosa uses to express her urgency and existence in life, starting from the idea of being born (birth in the literal and also artistic sense) and going to a point that extends between lucidity and the madness of feeling life as something so intense that it hurts ... "I create a mental map that connects me to happiness ...". The text comes from fragments of poems and thoughts written by Alana inspired by new landscapes of the artist and also of poems that research for the experimentation of its own theater, which deals all the time with reality and fantasy, the organic and the alternative , the feminine and the primitive. After an invitation from Alana Rosa to Debora Balardini a year ago, finally the two artists came together to do a first job, considered still in the process of development. After less than two months and 18 hours together, Meu Vazio é o Movimento (My Void is the Movement) is born and creates wings to grow from now on wherever it may be.

 

Text and performance: Alana Rosa

Direction: Débora Balardini

Special participation: Adilson Mol (Poem "Eros e Psiquê" de Fernando Pessoa)