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 Catalunha, Henrique 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
Every event in the program has free admission.
Text: Majô Levenstein