First part of the War Trilogy, The Dragon is a creation on the theme of war, based on real facts and statements that delas with the tragic conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. In this small territory in the heart of the Middle East, a war is being waged that has become emblematic for many others.
Through the eyes of four characters - two Palestinians and two Israelis – we expose the intimacy of the pain inflicted by war, breaking from the distant vision of the media and the analysis of the specialists, in order to make characters emerge. By questioning the reality through which they see and feel, we make voices heard that few listen to.
We propose looking at this complex situation between Israelis and Palestinians, without any hierarchy, without any classification. What we bring into play are witnesses of destinies confiscated by the horror. We seek to reveal the interior of the persons in this common experience of pain, where the differences do not separate any more, but simply reconnect us. The Dragon is a play about the dialogue and peace; about the possibility of finding real humanity behind the cruelty and violence.
The show made its debut in 2008, and was nominated for the “Quem” Best Actor Prize for Stephane Brodt, and “Quem” Best Actress Prize for Fabiana de Mello e Souza. The show is among the "Best of the Year" by the O Globo newspaper and was performed in more than 60 Brazilian cities.
"Two dreams can move freely under the same sky?"
Director Ana Teixeira
Text Ana Teixeira / Stephane Brodt
- Wafa e Nurit Fabianna de Mello e Souza
- Said e Shimon Stephane Brodt
- uma palestina e Yael l Kely Brito
- um palestino Cassiano Gomes
- músician Carlos Bernardo I Beto Lemos
Music Creation Carlos Bernardo
Assistent Direction Kely Brito
Lighting Renato Machado
Costumes Stephane Brodt
Scenery Ana Teixeira
Grafic Design Paulo Lima
Seamstress Dora Pinheiro
Scenario technicians Equipe Hélice, Adílio Atos e André Sales
Professor of arabic Samaher Omran Muhmed
Professor of hebrew Miriam Weitzman
Production Galharufa Produções / Erick Ferraz
Instruments Alaúde, Darbuka, Bodhran, Viola de Gamba.
The War Trilogy is a trajectory that began in 2006 in the ECUM - Encontro Mundial das Artes Cênicas (World Scenic Arts Meeting), an international forum that gathers artists, researchers and scenic arts professionals in reflection about Theatre in Times of War.
What is the role of theatre in the face of suffering and violence?
How does theatre respond to the challenges and questioning of contemporary society?
How has this society influenced the creation and pursuit of new languages? Artists from different parts of the world shared their works and experiences. Different histories, cultures and works have pointed to a theater that can witness, act in solidarity and rebel against brutality.
These meetings have had repercussions for Amok's trajectory. We began research on the theme of war that resulted in the creation of the plays: O Dragão[The Dragon] (2008), Kabul (2009) and Histórias de Família [Family Stories](2012).
In this trilogy, we present three independent plays, three different portrayals of war, three different scenic language experiences. We have sought to interrogate reality through characters, breaking the media's view from a distance and that of the specialists, stirring up public emotion. It’s a way of reflecting on our times that only theatre can propose. Beyond the geographical or cultural frontiers, we come across universal questions. In this project, the play, the debate and the encounter with the public are indissociable.
We wanted to approach the theme of war from the aspect of otherness, an encounter with the "other", that which is different. We do not address the specific questions of our own historical and cultural identity, but we wish to confront the world in search of a human identity, without frontiers. What is in focus is Man in the face of the violence of our time.
This outlook abroad responds to the challenges and questions raised by globalisation, where migration, minorities, individualism, consumer culture and attempts at hegemony are effective realities.
War Trilogy has a commitment to memory, to the art that persists in not forgetting. With this project we wish to engage in dialogue about our times and act on the perception of what we are and the world in which we live.
The book War Trilogy offers images of the shows The Dragon, Kabul and Family Stories through the eyes of six photographers who have witnessed this artistic trajectory of the Amok Theater throughout Brazil.
In this project, shows, debates and meetings with the public were inseparable. For this reason, we invited artists, critics and researchers with whom we share our questions along this path to contribute with articles that will enrich the reflection about the relations between Theater and Reality.
This book reflects the theater we are looking for: a place of meetings, of cultures confluence, of visions, frictions, conviviality and memory.
Andrea Teixeira (SP)
Fernanda Ramos (RJ)
Jr. Panela (CE)
Netum Lima (MG)
Rafael Saes (PR)
Barbara Heliodora (Brazil)
O Teatro e o mundo: sobre os teatros ditos documentários
Beatrice Picon-Vallin (França)
Um teatro diante de seu tempo
Jadranka Andjelic (Sérvia)
A impressão sensível
Jean-François Dussigne (França)
Os operários da alegria
Maryam Khakipour (Irã)
Editor: Amok Teatro
Translation: Fátima Saadi
Graphic Design : Paulo Barbosa Lima
Review: Mirna Juliana
Athalaia Gráfica e Editora, Brasília, DF (2012).