a casa do amok
amok theatre
amok house

In 2002, is the Amok Theatre was awarded the Rio de Janeiro State Government prize for the play, O Carrasco (The Hangman). With the proceeds, the group bought an old house in Rua das Palmeiras in Botafogo to act as its headquarters. The house had been built in 1879, and as it had remained abandoned for over 30 years, it had suffered deterioration. In 2002, restoration work was begun. In March 2003, Casa do Amok opened its doors. Located in Area 1 of the Botafogo APAC, the headquarters of the Amok Theatre lies in a cultural pole of the city, an area of easy access to most districts of Rio de Janeiro.

For a theatre company, having its own space means a guarantee of its permanence, the continuity of its work. The space is for the actor what the instrument is for the musician, or the canvas for the painter: it is the artifice on which his/her expression can appear. Furthermore, having one’s own headquarters means experimentation, training, research, enjoying total artistic independence.

Casa do Amok provides the daily workspace for the group's rehearsals, training and research, besides a program of open workshops for professionals and students of the scenic arts. Creating and maintaining pedagogic activity in its own headquarters allow a closer relation between training and creation, and maintenance of a permanent dynamic of experience exchange, techniques and ideas, opening the way to conveying artistic values for which results are not the sole objective.

Besides, the Goup's activities, Casa do Amok is also a space for exchange where it is possible to experiment, observe and become acquainted with different pedagogic and artistic approaches. Since 2004, the headquarters has also operated as an open space for practical research and experimentation about the art of acting, receiving national and international artists of recognised merit, maintaining a program of workshops, work displays and encounters, besides receiving and supporting upcoming theatre groups.

Casa do Amok, characterised by being an intercultural space, seeks indissociability between training and creative practice, understanding that the field of action of the scenic arts is not limited to presenting plays. It can be seen as a permanent laboratory where the paths and directions of artistic creation are investigated. Casa do Amok is a place that invests in action to found and facilitate relations, surpassing the field of the aesthetic of the scene in order to penetrate the field of the aesthetics of the scene in order to penetrate the field of the ethics of the networks.

The house was built in 1879, in the Botafogo district. Its first restoration took place around 1905. From then until the 70s, it was used as a residence and not altered. After that period, it was left empty, abandoned, for around 30 years, suffering deterioration. Finally, in 2002, restoration work was begun, and, in 2003, it was opened as Casa do Amok.

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