SP Drama School hosts debate on sexual diversity

In an unprecedented initiative, SP Drama School – Education Centre for the Performing Arts, an institution of the State Ministry of Culture, is hosting SP TransVisão – a Week of Trans Visibility. The event is sponsored by the School in a partnership with the Brazilian Bar Association’s Commission for Sexual Diversity and Struggle against Homophobia – São Paulo division (OAB – SP), the Coordination of Policies for Sexual Diversity of the Department of Justice and the Defense of Citizenship, the Office for Gender and Ethnic Groups, the Department of Culture, the Brazilian Association for Transgender (Abrat), the Brazilian Association of Trans Men (ABHT), Os Satyros Theatre Company, the Association of Artists Friends of the Park (Adaap), and the São Paulo State Government.

“Our goal with SP TransVisão is to create a new arena for the debate on tolerance and diversity, as these issues generate fascination, difference of opinions and, no need to mention, plenty of controversy. By hosting this event, we hope to open the eyes and hearts of São Paulo’s population on the trans culture and universe,” says Ivam ​​Cabral, artistic director of SP Drama School.

The program runs from Monday (28) to Friday (1st) featuring roundtable discussions, documentary screenings, exhibitions, stage plays and performances.

The opening night, Monday (28), will hold the Discussion Panel “P.E.G – Gender Expressions Project,” a dialogue on gender and sexuality, focusing on trans identities. The topic at hand is the difficulty faced by transsexuals and transvestites when entering the work market. Participants at the panel include the lawyer Fabiola Marques, from the Brazilian Bar Association, the actor, playwright, co-founder of Satyros and artistic director of SP Drama School, Ivam ​​Cabral; Marcia Rocha, of the Brazilian Association for Transgender (Abrat); Laura Prevato and Flavia Araujo, from the SP Drama School staff.

On Tuesday (29), cartoonist Laertes, who since 2009 has adopted a cross-dressing lifestyle by dressing in women’s clothes and accessories, launches at 7pm an exhibition on his comic trans character Muriel at the SP Drama School hall. The exhibition, “Visible Muriel,” goes on until Friday (1st) open for public visitation from 9am to 9pm.

The event carries on on Wednesday (30), with the screening of the documentary “Who’s Afraid of Cris Negrão?” (Brazil, 2012, 25 min). Directed by Rene Guerra, the film tells the story of Cristiane Jordan, or Cris Negrão, a transvestite madam in downtown São Paulo, known for her violent methods. Hated and feared, but also admired by a number of fans, Cris was tragically murdered in September 2007. From this starting point, the short film proposes an incursion into São Paulo’s underworld, gathering testimonies from people who lived with Cris Negrão, such as the legendary cross-dresser Phedra D. Córdoba (from the Cia. Os Satyros), Divina Núbia, Thalia Bombinha, Greta Star and Roberta Gretchen. After the screening, a chat is scheduled with the film’s crew and cast.

On Thursday (31) 9pm, Espaço dos Satyros One will present a special performance of “Hell on a Belgian Landscape”, a new production of Os Satyros Theatre Company. Directed by Rodolfo García Vázquez. Actors Ivam ​​Cabral, Robson CatalunhaHenrique Mello and Tiago Capela Zanotta dive into the poetry of Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud to tell the story of the relationship between the two French poets in early 19th century Europe. The play aims to associate the work of the poets with a contemporary sensibility, using the influence of bands like The Doors, Joy Division, and artists such as Marina Abramovic. After the play, the public is invited to a debate with the cast and director, featuring Cassius Rodrigo from the Office of Culture for Genders and Ethnic Groups, a division of the State Department of Culture.

On Friday (1st), “Free Territory” will close the program with performances by Brenda Oliver and Kimberly Luciana, members of the SP Drama School staff, and Rafael Mendes, Dani Glamour and Phedra D. Cordoba. Ivam Cabral will discuss SP Drama School’s initiative to include trans employees in its staff.



Event: SP TransVisão – Week of Trans Visibility

When: From Monday (28) to Friday (1st), 7pm

Where: SP Drama School – Education Centre for the Performing Arts

Roosevelt Square, 210 – Consolação

Tel. (11) 3775-8600


Play: “Inferno na Paisagem Belga”

Thursday (31), 9pm

Where: Espaço dos Satyros One

Roosevelt Square, 214 – Consolação

Tel.(11) 3258-6345


Every event in the program has free admission.


Text: Majô Levenstein

SP Drama School Welcomes the Hemispheric Institute

Scheduled to open tomorrow (12) at 10am, at SESC Vila Mariana in São Paulo, the 8th Meeting of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics is sponsored by the Hemispheric Institute of New York University. The event, held jointly by the American Institute, SESC, SP Drama School – Education Centre for the Performing Arts and ECA-USP’s Drama Department, will go on until 19 January with national and international stage plays, visual arts (exhibitions), dance performances, urban interventions, lectures, round tables, work groups and academic debates with artists, activists and students from a number of countries in the Americas, not to mention plenty, plenty of performance. All this was created and designed around the theme “City / Body / Action – The Politics of Passion in the Americas.” Click here to check the full schedule and here to download the event’s brochure.

Usually made up of short scenes, based on avant-garde principles, these performances will be focused at the Roosevelt headquarters of the SP Drama School, everyday from 9pm to 1am. The program, titled “Trasnocheo,” is restricted to the event participants, who should make their prior registration here, which will enabled them to take part in the meeting’s round tables, lectures and workshops. Registration can be made online or at the festival opening, from 10am, at SESC Vila Mariana (Rua Pelotas, 141 – Vila Mariana – tel. 5080-3000). Deadline is tomorrow (12). Participation comes to R$200 (full price); R$100 (registered SESC users and dependents, senior citizens, students and public school teachers) and R$50 (workers in the trade of goods, services and tourism duly enrolled and their dependents).

The general public will have free access to the exhibitions and facilities, which will open on Saturday (12) at SESC Vila Mariana and SP Drama School Roosevelt headquarters (Roosevelt Square, 210 – Consolação – tel. 3775-8600). SESC will show “Drying Process” by Oscar Figueroa (Costa Rica), “Complexo do Alemão” by Paul Climachauska (Brazil), and “A Journey With no Passport Retrospective”, by the collective A Journey With no Passport (Brazil). At SP Drama School, visitation will be open to the installation “Ruins under Construction”, by Ricardo Barcellos (Brazil).

Still on Saturday (12), SESC Vila Mariana will show performances open to the public, such as “Slow Fall”, with the American artist Abigail Levine, at 11am at the Outdoors Square; “Paperwork: Department of Dreams, Hopes and Fears,” with the American artist LM Bogard, at 12pm, at the Events Square, and “Unloading” with the Brazilian artist Andrea Soraes, at 1:30pm, at the Events Square.

“Quedas Lentas” (Slow Fall), with the American artist Abigail Levine (Photo: PR)

This is the third edition of the meeting in Brazil – the first in São Paulo – bringing first-time attractions to the country, such as the shows “Tightrope – A Theatrical Song Cycle for the Forgotten” with the Canadian group 2boys.tv , “The Spoken World” with the American artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and ” Um Ser Dicho, Para Ser El Nombre” with the Chilean Gonzalo Rabanal. Also present are the performances by Maria José Contreras Lorenzini, Chile, entitled “Santiasco: Grafted Urban Memories / Santiasco: Injerto de Memórias Urbanas”; Nicolás Dumit Estévez from Costa Rica, “Mientras Más Bailo (Pieza Duracional) / The more I Dance (A Long Play)”, four hours long, and Regina José Galindo, from Guatemala, “Piedra / Stone”.

Among the national attractions, especial mention to the plays “Luis Antonio – Gabriela”, with Cia. Mungunzá; “Orpheus Mestizo: A Brazilian Hip-Hopera”, with the Núcleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos; “Bom Retiro 958 metros” with the Teatro da Vertigem, and also the performances ““Onde? Ação nº 2”, with the Tribo de Atuadores Ói Nóis Here Traveiz;” Des_fios “with the artist Simone Mina, and “Voices in Transit: Fragments and Simultaneities,” with Wânia Storolli.

And on Friday (18), the eve of the meeting’s closing, urban interventions will take place at the Roosevelt Square and other Sao Paulo streets. Among the performances are scheduled: “Joy and Elegy: Roosevelt Square Samba School Coming Through!” with Carla Melo, Brazilian artist based in the United States; “Rise of the Chairs” with Colectivo Extremovacio, from Mexico; “Blind” with Desvio Coletivo & Coletivo Pi, from Brazil, and “Model Behavior,” with the American artist Sheryl Oring.

“It is with immense joy that SP Drama School starts the year hosting an event of this magnitude. SP Drama School remains generous in its programming and in its proposal to think the urban space through art. We are very happy and look forward to this meeting,” said Ivam ​​Cabral, the CEO of SP Drama School.


About the Hemispheric Institute

Founded in 1998 by teachers Diana Taylor (New York University), Zeca Ligiéro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), Javier Serna (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico) and Luis Peirano (Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Peru), the Hemispheric Institute is a multilingual and interdisciplinary network of institutions, artists, scholars and political activists in the Americas. Working at the intersection of the academic world, artistic expression and politics, the Institute fosters collaboration to explore the practices of the body – performance – as a vehicle for the creation of new meanings and the transmission of cultural values, memory and identity.

The Institute, with a geographic focus on the Americas, fosters the interaction of people interested in the relationship between performance and politics in the continent.


Text: Majô Levenstein