Drama connoisseurs and curious novices alike will be treated to a programme of free performances from 8-16 March when São Paulo plays host to the first Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo (São Paulo International Theatre Festival) – or MITSP, for short – bringing a wide array of works from the contemporary international theatre scene to eight theatres across the city, including Auditório Ibirapuera and Centro Cultural São Paulo.
The festival, created by Antônio Araújo, director of the pioneering Teatro da Vertigem, and Guilherme Marques, general director of the Centro Internacional de Teatro Ecum, features eleven performances staged by renowned and controversial theatre companies from around the world, most of which are completely new to Brazilian audiences.
Some notable works include the Oskaras Koršunovas-directed Lithuanian troupe's modernised, subtitled Hamlet, Romeo Castellucci’s provocative Sobre o Conceito da Face no Filho de Deus (On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God), and a Brazilian play, De Repente, Fica Tudo Preto de Gente (Suddenly, It Gets Black with People) by Marcelo Evelin.
In addition to the shows, parallel events aim at encouraging public participation, including debates with drama critics and artists following each performance, and experimental scenography workshops.
And since the festival’s goal is to give exposure to plays and artists that are less well known in Brazil, the tickets are free – check the festival web site (mitsp.org) to find out how to get tickets for each show.
Despite this being the debut edition of MITSP, Araújo and Marques are so optimistic that they’ve already decided on the programme for the festival’s subsequent two years. With any luck, this will be the first of more to come.
MITSP takes place from 8 to 16 March in theatres across the city. See the complete list of shows and locations at mitsp.org.