Premiere of awarded script about Ibsen’s universe

The actress and cultural producer Tânia Pires and the director Moacyr Góes present the spectacle Ibsen’s Venuses, which comes as a result of the project that won the Norwegian Ibsen Scholarship 2014, for the first time awarded to Brazil.


Ibsen Venusianas will be staged in Espaço Cultural Municipal Sergio Porto, in Humaitá, from November 18th to December 20th.

Tânia’s projects have been linked to Henrik Ibsen’s (1828-1906) work for more than ten years. In 2004, she presented the play Little Eyolf, in a production that represented Brazil, for the first time, at Ibsen Festival, in Oslo. Ten years later Tânia became the first Brazilian artist to win the Norwegian award Ibsen Scholarship, given since 2008 to innovative projects involving the playwright’s work.

The award made possible the creation of Ibsen’s Venuses, playwriting by Weydson Leal (with the collaboration of Maurício Arruda de Mendonça) and directed by Moacyr Góes.

Presenting the female universe of Ibsen’s work

Tania’s main idea was to talk about all the female issues brought up in Ibsen’s work, bringing it to the present days and making it real in several countries. The starting point was her experience in the theatre workshops in Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor, which involved over 1,500 professionals around the playwright’s work. “It was a transforming experience for me and, surely, for all those artists. It was awesome showing the Ibsen women’s universe to all kinds of societies”, she reveals.

The project is supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Brasilia, and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro is organizing a cocktail in the evening of the premiere.

Following the season in Rio de Janeiro, the play will be on a tour to Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde and Mozambique, where the director, Moacyr Góes will also promote workshops. In September, 2016, the play will be presented in Skien, Ibsen’s hometown and the city where the Ibsen Scholarship project happens.

When and where

The play will be staged in Espaço Cultural Municipal Sergio Porto, in Humaitá, from November 18th to December 20th, 2015, and is produced by Talu Produções.


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