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  • Interview: Alice da Cunha, co-artistic director of Physical Festival Chicago

    Interview: Alice da Cunha, co-artistic director of Physical Festival Chicago

    Alice da Cunha is one of the most dynamic new names in Chicago’s contemporary theater scene. A native of Rio de Janeiro, she studied theater at Drama Studio London and the London International School of Performing Arts, where she met her future husband and professional partner, Marc Frost. After moving to Chicago, she became an […]

  • Brazil (finally!) comes to Physical Festival Chicago

    Brazil (finally!) comes to Physical Festival Chicago

    Physical Festival Chicago was co-founded by Brazilian-born actress Alice da Cunha, and in its third annual edition it will accomplish a rare feat: showcasing a sample of Brazil’s vibrant theater scene in the Windy City. The festival opens on Friday, June 3, with a performance of Hominus Brasilis, in which Rio de Janeiro-based Cia. de Teatro […]

  • Theatre of the Oppressed engages U.S. students in dialogue

    Theater of the Oppressed engages U.S. students in dialogue

    The young man excels at his work, but he hides a secret that could turn others against him: he lives in a Rio de Janeiro favela. One day, his colleagues discover he lives in the Maré favela. Suddenly, he faces discrimination and prejudice from those around him. Contorting his body with wordless movement, the storyteller […]

  • Physical Festival Chicago is a moving experience

    Physical Festival Chicago is a moving experience

    Though immensely popular at the great European theater festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, physical theater is underrepresented in the Chicago theater scene. Enter Chicagoan Marc Frost and Brazil’s Alice da Cunha, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro until moving to Lisbon at the age of seven. She met frost years later while they […]

  • São Paulo stages revival of Afro-Brazilian spectacles

    São Paulo stages revival of Afro-Brazilian spectacles

    São Paulo cultural institution Sesc Campo Limpo is celebrating Black Consciousness Month as well as the upcoming 80th birthday of noted theater director João das Neves with a revival of three Afro-Brazilian spectacles originally staged by him. Neves was one of the founders of Grupo Opinião, a Rio de Janeiro theater group that was a focal point of cultural […]

  • Chicago Improv Festival brings Rio humor to town

    Chicago Improv Festival spotlights Rio humor

    The 17th Chicago Improv Festival (CIF) is upon us, and with it comes a chance to find out (for those who don’t already know) what’s so funny about Brazilians: Cia de Teatro Contemporâneo and Impro Brasil are making the sacrifice of leaving the Rio de Janeiro summer behind for a few days to share some carioca […]

  • 'The Nutcracker' preview

    ‘The Nutcracker’ preview

    We stopped by the dress rehearsal for State Street Dance Studio’s production of “The Nutcracker” featuring four Brazilian dancers yesterday. We can’t show you any footage of the actual production yet, but here’s a video of dancer Raoni Xavier telling you (in Portuguese) why you should check out one of the three performances being held […]

  • State Street Dance Studio builds bridges to Brazil

    State Street Dance Studio builds bridges to Brazil

    Sure, there are umpteen performances of “The Nutcracker” across this land this time of year, from community theaters to major companies such as Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet. But for us Brazilophiles, “The Nutcracker” production to be put on by State Street Dance Studio this weekend is special, since it will feature four Brazilian dancers. Two of […]

  • Balé Folclórico da Bahia coming to Michigan

    The good news is that Balé Folclórico da Bahia just started a U.S. tour; the bad news is that their only performance in the region will be at Michigan State University. Balé Folclórico da Bahia, which dubs itself the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, is a 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers. Based in Salvador, the […]

  • From 'Artsy' to 'Artistas': After English adaptation, Brazilian play returns in Portuguese

    From ‘Artsy’ to ‘Artistas’: After English adaptation, Brazilian play returns in Portuguese

    Back in March we had the rare (if not unprecedented) opportunity to catch a Brazilian play translated into English, “Artsy, a Hipster Farce,” presented by the International Voices Project. For those who missed it, the play will be back in mid-May, with a twist. “Raquel Amorim, who teaches Portuguese at Northwestern University, came to see […]