STABAT MATER

Debuted in June 2019 - CCSP - São Paulo | 110 minutes

Text, direction and performance: Janaina Leite

Synopsis

The show is part of a broader research by Janaina Leite on the real in the theater - now in the light of the obscene. Based on the theoretical text Stabat Mater (in Latin, there was the mother), by the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva, the artist and researcher proposes the format of a performance-lecture on the feminine, going back to the story of the Virgin Mary, at the same time. who tries to account for the erasure of her mother in her previous play, Conversations with My Father. Accompanied by her own mother and the figure of Priapus, a character for whom a porn actor was sought, she radically articulates historically irreconcilable themes such as motherhood and sexuality. With terror and pornography as aesthetic bases, Leite investigates the origins of a historical arrangement between the feminine and the masculine, which the work tries to disarm without first taking risks and facing the mechanisms of jouissance and pain that fix these positions.

 

"What matters is that everything I have been doing since then is the attempt to produce something, a kind of psychomagic act - a real action that produces symbolic consequences or a symbolic action that produces real consequences, but that returns each one of these figures to for the time being, it is enough to say that it was not without surprise that, as I walked back through the minotáuric labyrinth that was the process of Conversations with My Father, I realized this kind of flawed act. of this incestuous tragedy where father and daughter starred, absolutes, albeit denied, foreclosed, “the mother was there”

(excerpt from Stabat Mater, by Janaina Leite)

Historic

Stabat Mater held an open rehearsal in March 2019, invited by MITsp, within the platform MITbr - Brazilian theater arts internationalization program.

Then, the project is contemplated by the 5th Dramaturgy Exhibition in Small Scenic Formats of the Centro Cultural São Paulo, where it receives support to assemble the work, opens in June 2019 and performs its first season of 16 presentations with great repercussion from audiences and audiences. critical.

Then, he performs 12 presentations at the Teatro de Contêiner, in São Paulo.

At the invitation of the Secretariat of Culture of São Paulo, he performs at the Cacilda Becker Theater and at the Cultural Center for Diversity.

In 2020 the show is selected for the Mitbr Platform, of the São Paulo International Exhibition (Mitsp), and Janaina is selected as a researcher in focus, presenting the show, performing a live disassembly of the show where she shared contents and excerpts that were part of the research of the project and his research was the trigger for several reflective actions.

 

Awards:

Stabat Mater was elected the best debut of 2019 by the team of critics and critics from the main newspapers / notebooks of culture in SP, A Folha and the State of São Paulo.

It was nominated for the APCA Award for best show of 2019

He was the winner of the Shell Award for best dramaturgy of 2019.

Reviews:

"The risky procedure of self-examination, a kind of vivisection, displaces the imaginary and social places of women, crossed by ideals of motherhood, sanctity and selflessness. Disguise and unmasking, theatricality and performance, the staged and the real, indiscernible, they are procedures that aim at desecration, which for Giorgio Agamben is the “political task of the coming generation”.

Silvia Fernandes, researcher and critic, Sala Preta Magazine

“In the play“ Stabat Mater ”, playing until 11/12, Janaína Leite takes it one step further and stages, alongside her own mother, her encounter with the enigma of sex. Self-fiction that goes to the limit, taken to the stage with boldness, reveals that the fright in the encounter with sex does not refer to the act itself - banal and mechanical as pornography only proves -, but to the recognition of the absolute otherness of the desire of the other. How each of us enjoys is an enigma that goes with us to the grave together with the “cine privé” of our badly concealed erotic fantasies. ”

Vera Iaconelli, Psychoanalyst, writer and columnist, “The encounter with sex, column in Folha de SP of 11/26/2019

"What we want to highlight here in the staging, which, moreover, comes from a very authorial text, is the clash that the author proposes, systematically, patiently and generously between reality and representation. From simple extremes, such as the most potent effect of the false slap in the face, the epistemological ones, such as the intangible real, or the inextinguishable trauma, there is an honest and diligent effort to expose the story of a vertical exploration about the being and the opinion of the truth. Yes, perhaps this is no longer the theater in many senses, but it is subversive mainly because even without any personal or artistic modesty, it manages to represent the unrepresentable that it challenges. "

Luis Fernando Ramos, critic and theatrical researcher, Revista Sala Preta | Vol.19 | n.2 | 2019

 

  

Stabat Mater establishes itself as a scenic event of extreme relevance due to the way it articulates form and content. Starting from a mythology that establishes an immaculate conception as a kind of model impossible to be followed, that links femininity and motherhood to the absence of unconscious desires, Leite chooses to wake up - and perhaps wake up his mother - from this night where he does not dream . Thus, his performative lecture takes on the disturbing tones of the nightmare as legitimate drives of life, albeit terrible.

Amilton de Azevedo - critic - Portal Ruína Acesa

 

The proposal to create an explicit sex scene between Janaina and a porn actor endorses Stabat Mater's evident affiliation with Angélica Liddell's theater. As in the creations of the Catalan multi-artist, male violence against women emerges as a theme and the performance form invites the actress to expose the body to extreme situations. At first, the proposition aims at a subversion of two axes: the rape victim, the body previously pleaded, will now be in control. And the mother, always silent, will be urged to shock, to move.

Maria Eugênia de Menezes - critic - Portal TeatroJornal

Datasheet:

 

CONCEPTION, DIRECTION AND DRAMATURGY: Janaina Leite

PERFORMANCE: Janaina Leite, Amália Fontes Leite and Príapo

SPECIAL PARTICIPATIONS: Amateur Príapo (Lucas Asseituno) and Professional Príapo (Loupan)

DRAMATURGISM AND DIRECTION ASSISTANCE: Lara Duarte and Ramilla Souza

DRAMATURICAL COLLABORATION: Lillah Hallah

GENERAL ASSISTANCE: Luiza Moreira Salles

DIRECTOR OF ART, SCENERY AND FIGURINE: Melina Schleder

LIGHTING: Paula Hemsi

VIDEO INSTALLATION AND EDITING: Laíza Dantas

SONOPLASTY AND SOUND AND VIDEO OPERATION: Lana Scott

LIGHT OPERATION: Maíra do Nascimento

VOCAL PREPARATION: Flavia Maria

SCENIC PROVOCATION: Kenia Dias and Maria Amélia Farah

AUDIOVISUAL CONCEPTION AND SCREENPLAY: Janaina Leite and Lillah Hallah

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Wilssa Esser

VIDEO PARTICIPATION: Alex Ferraz, Hisak, Jota, Kaka Boy, Mike and Samuray Farias

VISUAL IDENTITY, PROJECTIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA: Juliana Piesco

PRESS ADVISORY: Frederico Paula - Nossa Senhora da Pauta

PHOTOS AND VIDEO RECORDING: André Cherri

PRODUCTION AND CIRCULATION DIRECTOR: Carla Estefan

INTERNATIONAL DISSEMINATION: Metropolitan Cultural Management

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