Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the company, formed by actress Danielle Oliveira and Danielle Oliveira and the director Ivan Sugahara, develops a series of actions in the fields in the fields of theater and audiovisual. Created at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the project aims to trace the relations between institutional internment (asylums, prisons, hospice, etc.) and the isolation imposed by tragic situations such as plagues wars and dictatorships.
The accent is put on the research of personal trajectories marked by the experience by the experience of confinement. In shared isolation due to the epidemic of Covid-19, Danielle and Ivan started working with the production of several videos, short films and virtual plays (available on youtube.com/projectotrajetorias). In these works, the duo continues the study on mental health that Danielle has been conducting for the past five years.
In 2017, the actress designed the stage experience “Lieu de Tête
Lieu de Corps” based on real-life testimonies of people who have lived the experience of the asylum. The project was carried out until 2019 at Espaço Travessia – an art and culture center located at the Psychiatric Institute Nise Institute of Psychiatry (Rio de Janeiro) – presented to users and employees of mental health services and visitors.
The development of this work generated a major artistic occupation on mental health at the Cultural Center Oi Futuro (Rio de Janeiro) in 2022.
Projeto Trajetórias was one of the creators of this occupation, also called called “Place of Head Place of Body” which included an installation with plastic works made by the users of the mental health services, and the first season of the and the first season of the show A WOMAN IN THE SUN.
A WOMAN IN THE SUN
A WOMAN IN THE SUN is a production of the Brazilian theater company Projeto Trajetórias. Basée à Rio de Janeiro, la compagnie, formée par la comédienne Danielle Oliveira et le metteur en scène Ivan Sugahara, se consacre aux domaines du théâtre et de l’audiovisuel. Créée au début de la pandémie de coronavirus en 2020, le projet vise à retracer les relations entre l’internement institutionnel (asiles, prisons, hospices, etc.) et l’isolement imposé par des situations tragiques telles que les pestes, les guerres et les dictatures.
A Woman in the Sun” focuses on the life and work of Maura Lopes Cançado, a Brazilian writer who spent long periods in psychiatric hospitals. In two of her books, Cançado recounts her experiences of living there in isolation.
The play establishes a parallel between the confinement experienced by the writer and the confinement that we all experienced in times of pandemic Covid-19. The staging and dramaturgical organization are signed by Ivan Sugahara and the cast is formed by the actresses Danielle Oliveira and Maria Augusta Montera.
The dramaturgy is constructed with fragments of Cançado’s first book, “The Asylum is God” (1965). In it, the author recounts one of her admissions to the National Center for Psychiatry, located in Engenho de Dentro (Rio de Janeiro). The story begins with her self-hospitalization in October 1959 and continues until her release in March 1960.
Danielle Oliveira has been studying the subject of mental health for five years now. In 2017, she conceived the scenic experience “Lugar de Cabeça Lugar de Corpo” (Place of Head Place of Body) based on real testimonies of people who lived the experience of the psychiatric hospital, such as Stela do Patrocínio, Bispo do Rosário, Lima Barreto and Maura Lopes Cançado. The project was carried out until 2019 at Espaço Travessia, an art and culture center located in the hospital where Cançado was hospitalized – now the Nise da Silveira Municipal Institute – and presented to patients, employees of the mental health system and also to visitors.
Text MAURA LOPES CANÇADO
Directed by IVAN SUGAHARA
Cast DANIELLE OLIVEIRA and MARIA AUGUSTA MONTERA
Translation ANGELA LEITE LOPES
Assistant to the body movements DANI CAVANELLAS
Assistant Directors ANA MOURA and BEATRIZ BERTU
Set Design CRISTINA NOVAES and RENATA PITTIGLIANI
Painting on sheets BRENO BARBOSA
Lighting design ALESSANDRO BOSCHINI
Lighting director TIAGO D’AVILA
Costumes JOANA LIMA SILVA
Musical and sound composition MARCELLO H
Visual Identity LUCIANO CIAN
Photos DALTON VALÉRIO and MARCELO VALLE
Production managers SERGIO SABOYA and SILVIO BATISTELA
Production assistants ALAN CASTELO and CONSTANCE ELKAÏM
Diffusion ANNA LADEIRA
Press Officer NATHALIE GASSER
Production PROJETO TRAJETÓRIAS
SUPPORT The art center Espaço Travessia and the cultural institute Oi Futuro support Projeto Trajetórias, as well as the cultural production company Galharufa Produções, coordinated by Sergio Saboya and Sílvio Batistela, responsible for the production of the show.