The epiphany of Oswald de Andrade’s poem is a *JOYFUL MYSTERY* in the midst of a paralyzing crisis in Brazil, born of the hatred that’s bred between social classes and has been out of closet since the right wing lost the elections by a tiny margin. The militant grudge of this failure became an established coup since October 26th, 2014, and a hindrance to President Dilma’s government thus turned into scapegoat. And the Official Brazyl, blown in such a way, stopped…
However, the brazier does not stop. And life, along with its mysteries, goes on.
Artists from Teat®o Oficina Uzyna Uzona, living beings in the most adverse conditions, moan, mold and cannibalize “O Santeiro do Mangue”, an ejaculating, fertilizing gust from poet Oswald de Andrade to multiple trans-human, living creatures of verse, syllables, Eucharistic polyphonies, Anthropophagic communion across Oswald’s, the Tropical Shakespeare, anthropo-fucking communion that presented us with the Offertory of this poem of Theatrical Arts.
The play was brought to life by Oswald, by the sea, in Leme, Rio de Janeiro, at the ‘love sea’: “Mar d’a mar”.
“Mistérios Gozósos” (Joyful Mysteries) is a musical anthropophagy of José Celso Martinez Corrêa for the theatrical poem “O Santeiro do Mangue”, by Oswald de Andrade. Sponsored by Petrobras, which in 2015 completes ten years of partnership with Teat®o Oficina, Joyful Mysteries will have its season until January 25, 2016.
The action takes place in the tropics, days before the complete dryness, where the ‘love sea’, main character of Oswald de Andrade’s poem, lustfully penetrates the Dock’s Canal, Sea Land, Original Clay whence we all came, were carved and, since then, we, living beings, have become saint-makers and discovered new ways in which to de-carve ourselves in and out of new shapes and into new santerias.
In this unknown land we find Eduléia (Mariana de Moraes), who became a prostitute under the privy eyes of Serafim (Roderick Himeros) and Nourishing Jesus (Marcelo Drummond).
In this fertilizing biome are also prostitutes, gigolos, tourists, Women of Jerusalem and Catholic Women. Olavo (Glauber Amaral) is also there! He is a saint-maker, divided between Eduléia and Deuzolinda (Camila Mota), his pregnant wife. They are all human characters, part of a vast area transformed into a collective brothel, a universe where stars are interconnected in its immanent physicality: Libido, the Soul of Love.
It is of the union between Oswald’s poem and Brecht’s “Jungle of Cities” that the present Elektronik Terreiro at Teat®o Oficina Uzyna Uzona is born. For Oficina, the Eleusinian Mystery underground was the Greek tragedy’s birthplace, in which we discover the Ritual of the Creation of Theatre: The Maenads. All verses and lines in this play, in our Brazylian tongue, came from the anthropophagy of the very poetic and precise Oswaldian language present in the Joyful Mysteries. We staged it during Carnaval, in 1994, facing the house of the Marquise of Santos, next to Praça da Sé. It was a miracle staged in a week, with 300 artists of many art forms. It cost me a heart attack; nonetheless, I do not regret my excessive workload, nor the heart attack.
The season began at Teat®o Oficina between 1994 and 1995. Zé Miguel Wisnick composed beautiful songs for the play – recorded by Elza Soares, Ná Ozzetti and the composer himself. At that time, however, we did not have the performance expertise for a Musical Poem. We had the feeling we needed to be reborn, from Carnaval Operas that the poem itself bore. And we wanted precisely to be reborn in the Passion and Misery in which we are currently living, through the 2015 Brazylian and world crisis. A crisis that generates a deep realization, never before imagined, that goes beyond economics and politics; an anthropological crisis, in which native shamans emerge from the forests that still stand and summon our bodies risked of extinction, out of the polluted and dry air – almost entirely captured by the grind of stupidity and capitali$tic rottenness.
Theatre is the oldest among Public Arts. It only happens with the presence of the audience, from many places, social classes and tribes (in the literal sense of the term). All we are doing is meant for this very moment; the daily birth of all that is created. It is a Cosmo Political Ritual in search of a gathering of humans at the Eternal Archaic Present, in which audience and actors are given the freedom to devour mythological values in new agonies, taboos, present prejudices and from which, in midst of a crisis, new perspectives may flourish, practices for a practical living in our world, still terrified by old prejudices. It is a native ritual that is worshiped by David Kopenawa, of the Yanomami people: joy, bravery and generosity.
*Director and playwright:* José Celso Martinez Correa
*Musical director:* Felipe Botelho
*Cast:* Marcelo Drummond, Denise Assunção, Camila Mota, Mariana de Moraes, Vera Barreto Leite, Roderick Himeros, Glauber Amaral, Sylvia Prado, Letícia Costa, Céllia Nascimento, Danielle Rosa, Joana Medeiros, Luiz Felipe Lucas, Madalena Bernardes, Tony Reis, Sergio Siviero, Lucas Andrade, Lucas Rangel, Felipe Velozo, Ayla Alencar, Leon Oliveira, Wallace Ruy, Clarisse Johansson e Igor Phelipe.
*Dates / times:*
*In 2015:* From November 20th to December 20th, always on Fridays (21h), Saturdays (21h) and Sundays (19h); extra shows on December 23rd (14:30), on December 25th (Christmas night, at 21h) and on December 31st (New Years Eve, at 21h).
*2016:* From January 2nd to 25th, with shows only on Saturdays (21h) and Sundays (19h); extra shows on January 11th (Monday, at 21h, Oswald de Andrade’s birthday) and on January 25th (Monday, at 19h, São Paulo’s anniversary).
*Where:* Teat®o Oficina (Rua Jaceguai, 520. Tel: 11. 3106-2818).
*Tickets:* Fridays – R$ 40,00 (full-price), R$ 20.00 (half-price) and R$ 5,00 (Bixiga residents). Saturdays, Sundays and special dates – R$ 50,00 (full-price), R$ 25,00 (half-price) and R$ 5.00 (Bixiga residents). Tickets may be bought at the box office, one hour prior to the show, or online, on “this link”:http://www.compreingressos.com/espetaculos/5506-misterios-gozosos.
*Length:* 180 min.
*Genre:* Musical TragiComicOrgyastic.
*Capacity:* 300 seats.
Live broadcast at “www.teatroficina.com.br”:http://teatroficina.com.br/home.