“Cia dos Atores” first appeared on the theatrical scene in 1988 and today it is one of the most original professional theatre companies in Rio de Janeiro. Over the years it has developed its own individual style in experimenting with various acting techniques and combining them with elements of Brazilian culture.
Enrique Diaz is one of the founder of “Cia dos Atores”. Actor and director, he has won several national awards and is an associate actor to Ferme du Buisson, Scène Nationale de Marne la Vallée – France. “Rehearsal. Hamlet” is his newest production that has been already presented on prestigious international theatre festivals and stages in Moskau, Paris, New York and Berlin.
On one hand a theatre company stages the play “Hamlet” and on the other, the character Hamlet also stages a play within the play. E. Diaz starts playing with the different levels of theatricality in the Shakespearean tragedy in a characteristic cinematographic approach, a dreamlike flow of the action, where everyday objects are being involved and transform their usual functions in numerous ways. The searching for new forms happens with a lot of sharp humor and awareness of the problems of contemporary world.
Between magic and mockery, the performance follows Hamlet’s collapse, not letting the audience in peace even for a moment.
“Cia dos Atores” embraces this theatrical masterpiece with the spirit that has guided it throughout these seventeen years of its existence: by making Shakespeare both a contemporary and a fellow player. It is an affirmation of the power of theater – as a place for reflection and entertainment, high drama and playfulness, renewal and outright provocation to the public’s sensibility.
“Rehearsal. Hamlet” amazes with the expressiveness of the scenic interpretation and the new ideas which open new dimensions in the classical play.