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Prelude to Memories, and a Broken Love Song

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Susana Fuentes
July 20, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Writer, actress..

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
As a child, I always loved writing, and reading, so much so, that, sometimes I would return to the story just for the pleasure of reading it out loud. Thus was born a new kind of relation to the text. So, I grew up with both the introspection to create, and the energy of interpretation, bringing sound and image together. In both cases, the word was there, I could just feel its strength, breathing, taking me to imaginary worlds. Either on the page of my exercise book or on the invented stage. All the rest came as a result of my relationship to my body; the passion for dance, which comes from nature: the wind, and the tempests, ranges of green from light to dark. The different colors, shades of brown, red and yellow (lighting!). It came with the rain: dancing, barefoot with Isadora Duncan, or laughing at clouds with Gene Kelly on screen. So that's how theater began for me: once upon a time, in a house on the top of the hill where my sister and I would take pictures and dance in the summer storms of the rain forest in Rio… and my mother, after blow drying our hair, would light incense in the dark - for us to follow the fairies... Theater was just the place for me to meet all my worlds, both creating stories and being part of them.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
To work in an atmosphere where innovative connections are encouraged, and where I gleaned an opportunity to further develop my artistic path, as I reached out to new audiences in our global village. Of course, by presenting my work at the Fringe, I hope to contribute to the diversity of the Festival’s varied sensibilities and singularities. The last time I visited the United States, last year, I finally fulfilled my wish to visit New York City. I am very enthusiastic to return here with the premiere of “Prelude to Memories, and a Broken Love Song”, and to contribute to the dissemination of Brazilian culture, in all of its singular aspects, with the joy of communicating more and more of its shapes and colors. Through values such hope, delicacy, and the need for constant transformation, I hope to reach out to the edgy and sophisticated audience of FringeNYC.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I have always been interested in new approaches to theater and other arts. I have penned “Luzia” (a novel), and a book of short-stories “Escola de Gigantes” (School of Giants) winner of the “Rio, a city of readers Award”, from Rio de Janeiro’s townhouse and education Secretary. Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s sentence - “things have a life of their own; it is only a matter of awakening their souls”, I started building this monologue for an actress and some props. I wanted to combine music and gesture on the stage. My background in mime, movement and dance, propelled me to develop this show, turned into reality under the lens of my director, the Brazilian filmmaker Eunice Gutman.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING. When we open our eyes to see, and our hearts to feel, a connection is made between object, audience and performer. And then the unexpected may happen. In this solo piece I am not alone: a puppet, a balloon, props are brought to life as they become my co-stars; all contributing to tell the woman’s story: the end of a relationship and the beginning of a new life.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
To meet constellations of a variety of lands. And to live an unforgettable summer (don't miss the beach but then come back to town!). After fifteen summers - I’ve heard this will be a sweet sixteen to the FringeNYC - all of the fairies, elves of hills, spirits of waters, must already know where to meet. Not only “on hill, in dale, forest or mead, By paved fountain or by rushy brook”, nor “in the beached margent of the sea” alone. The world of the poet's dream, its charm, our delight, will definitely be there on the stages of FringeNYC, charmed by goods spirits, in a delicate, intense revelry. In the season when days are long and the nights short, leave the sands with your footprints and be present to renewed images of the city. Our revelry is about to begin.