“BETWEEN THE ‘YES’ AND THE ‘NO’ THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY: CHOOSING
Thu, October 6, 2016
6:30 – 11:00 pm
325 West 38th Street
New York, NY
Immerse yourself into the famous Jewish Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector’s Journey to YES.
We begin at our Choose! Clarice Lispector’s Gala on October 6th, 2016 to raise funds for our upcoming production, Inside The Wild Heart, a sensorial theatrical immersion into the life and works of Jewish Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. The show will premiere on November 3rd, 2016 in New York, NY.
Beginning at the Gala, with performance art glimpses of the show, and finally through the Inside the Wild Heart theater production, you’ll see, feel, and experience why Clarice Lispector is described as the most important Jewish Brazilian writer in the world since Kafka, and her persistent questioning of the CHOICES between yes and no.
Honorees of the night:
Katrina Dodson – The translator behind the success of Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories published in 2015. With the recent translation and publication of her complete short stories Clarice is gaining heightened appreciation and acclaim within America’s literary canon and reaching new readers. In fact, Lispector’s Complete Stories is recognized in the New York Times list of 2015 notable books, the National Post of Canada’s list of best books of the year, the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2015, and in the list of 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015 by Buzzfeed Books.
Marcia Grostein – Brazilian visual artist based in New York. Her works are represented in many museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, MOMA/PS1, The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, The Seattle Museum of Art, MACSMuseu de, Arte Contemporânea de Sorocaba, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan and others as well as numerous private collections.
Part I – Boutique Gala
The night starts at 6:30PM with Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres while guests enjoy a Durational Performance from the actual show Inside the Wild Heart.
Following, we’ll present the the Honorees of the night, then begin a Live Auction presenting Works of Art from outstanding Brazilian visual artists including Marcia Grostein.
Finally, dinner and desserts, designed by Brazilian Artisan Chef, Geany Menezes, will delight the palate with a truly unique Brazilian sensory experience specially created for our 50 distinguished guests.
Part II – After party
At 9:30 PM we will celabrate have an after party with open bar and DJ Greg Caz will spin the best of Brazilian music.
All proceeds will benefit Group .BR’s new production, “Inside the Wild Heart” of Clarice Lispector
ABOUT THE SHOW – INSIDE THE WILD HEART
The show is a fully immersive and audience participatory theatrical experience that transports you directly inside Clarice Lispector’s heart. It is staged in a house-setting where the audience can freely walk from room to room following the performers and interacting with the environment. Each room draws you into Clarice’s world through an art installation inspired by a unique and strong theme represented in Clarice’s most famous writings. The show, conceived by Andressa Furletti and Debora Balardini and directed by Regina Miranda, integrates visual arts, film, music, dance and performance art to embody the writer’s deepest feelings and often unanswered questions about life and the world.
ABOUT CLARICE LISPECTOR
Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a Brazilian writer acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories. Born to a Jewish family in Western Ukraine, she was brought to Brazil as an infant, amidst the disasters engulfing her native land following the First World War. She grew up in Recife, Pernambuco State. The family moved to Rio de Janeiro when she was in her teens. While in law school in Rio, she began publishing her first journalistic work and short stories, catapulting to fame at the age of 23 with the publication of her first novel, Near the Wild Heart (Perto do Coração Selvagem), written in a style and language that was considered revolutionary in Brazil. She spent the last decade of her life in frequent pain, steadily writing and publishing novels and stories until her premature death in 1977. She has been the subject of numerous books, and references to her and her work are common in Brazilian literature and music. Several of her works have been turned into films. In 2009, the American writer Benjamin Moser published Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector. Since that publication, her works have been the object of an extensive project of retranslation, published by New Directions Publishing and Penguin Modern Classics the first Brazilian to enter that prestigious series. Moser, describes Lispector as the most important Jewish writer in the world since Kafka. Katrina Dodson is the translator of Lispector’s Complete Stories (2015).
ABOUT GROUP .BR
Group .BR’s mission is to present Brazilian culture through the performing arts in New York City. Founded by Andressa Furletti, Debora Balardini, and Thiago Felix in 2011, Group .BR has become known for its public readings, Brazilian cultural events, and fully produced theater performances and continues to serve as the voice of Brazilian culture beyond stereotypes. To date, the company has produced A Serpente by Brazil’s most known and controversial dramaturge, Nelson Rodrigues, which granted the team a Brazilian International Press Award nomination. Infinite While It Lasts (2013 and 2014), Group .BR’s first devised work based on the life and work of Brazilian poet and composer Vinicius de Moraes, landed the company nominations for an Innovative Theater Award and its second nomination for a Brazilian International Press Award. www.group.br.com
“All the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born.”
(The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector)