Group .BR's Inside the Wild Heart to Debut at Aich Studio
A reimagined production of Group .BR's Inside the Wild Heart will explore the life and work of famed Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, as directed by Linda Wise.
By: Group .BR
Group .BR, coined New York's only Brazilian theater company, run by women, and comprised of a 60% women cast, has been synonymous with Lispector's work for years. Among the host of honors the company has received, it accepted a 2018 Brazilian International Press Award nomination for Group .BR's Clarice's Hour/Hora de Clarice, which offered guests a glimpse of Inside the Wild Heart while joining the international celebration of Lispector's birthday.
Balardini, a Group .BR co-founder and its executive director, who was recently elected Director at Large for the League of Professional Theater Women, looks forward to aspects of Lispector's work that are as yet unexplored: "Our director, Linda Wise, has definitely lived up to our expectations as Andressa and I caught her up to our three-year process of researching and developing this production. Lispector's body of work is intense, and we believe that more people need to be exposed to the core of her work." The group is proud to work with a female director and are avid supporters of #OneMoreConversation, a movement to support and create more jobs for women in the arts.
Andressa Furletti, a Group .BR co-founder and its artistic director, anticipates the creative process of bringing Lispector's literature to life: "Clarice's books put readers in contact with their inner world by establishing an intimate and close dialogue with them. This is one of the aspects of Clarice's literature we want to be loyal to. That's why the show is immersive and the audience and actors are so close to each other. That is how reading Clarice feels to me, almost like a gentle whisper in the ear."
Conceived by Andressa Furletti and Debora Balardini
Directed by Linda Wise
Produced by Group .BR
Original score by Sergio Krakowski
Video design by Paul Leopold
Light design by Charlie Jarboe
Set design and art installations by Andressa Furletti and Montserrat Vargas
Live music by Mario Forte
Performers: Andressa Furletti, Debora Balardini, Fabiana Mattedi, Gio Mielle, Gonçalo Ruivo,
Ibsen Santos, Mirko Faienza, Montserrat Vargas, Patricia Faoli, and Yasmin Santana
In stride with its seasonal approach to culture, philanthropy, and its original theater productions, Group .BR will host a benefit performance of Inside the Wild Heart on October 27. The benefit entails a toast to celebrate the run of the show, cast, crew, sponsors, and the supportive audience who ensured the Inside the Wild Heart Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign exceeded its expectations well in advance of its funding deadline. Group .BR ultimately hopes to travel with Inside the Wild Heart and to eventually bring the production to Lispector's old home in Pernambuco, which is fit for a museum, although the property is now abandoned.
Sponsors supporting Inside the Wild Heart include Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York A.R.T/New York; Avianca Brasil; Consulate General of Brazil in New York; Materials for the Arts; Natura Brasil; New Directions Publishing; Natura Brasil; Leblon; and PUNTO Space.
Tickets to Inside the Wild Heart can be found at https://www.group.br.com/
About Group .BR (http://www.group.br.com/
Group .BR is New York's only Brazilian theater company. Its mission is to present Brazilian culture through the performing arts to New York. It serves enthusiasts of multicultural arts, contemporary, physical and avant-garde theatre. Since its inception in 2011, the company has become known for its public readings, Brazilian cultural events, and fully produced theater performances and continues to serve as the voice of Brazilian culture beyond stereotypes. The company was nominated to the Innovative Theater Awards in 2014, received several nominations and earned Andressa Furletti an award for Best Actress at the 2017 Brazilian International Press Award.
About Aich Studio (https://www.aichstudio.com/
Aich Studio is one of the few remaining buildings in New York City that has preserved its original character and history. Built in 1848 and converted to a foundry at the turn of the century, Aich Studio offers three unique spaces: the Studio, the Loft, and the Apartment. The building features over 3000 square feet, 20-foot ceilings, skylights, an outdoor patio, and flexible interiors, including kitchens. The space is ideal for a variety of activities, including photo and video shoots, theater productions, interviews, talks, concerts, receptions, fashion events, and weddings. The building is zoned as a private business and is available 24/7.