Ostal — Rito teatral (1987)
  • Title: Ostal — Rito teatral
  • Alternate Title: Ostal — Theatrical rite
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: 1987
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Arlete Cunha, Maria Rosa, Renan Costa, and Sérgio Etchichury; Adriano Marinho, Beatriz Britto, Clélio Cardoso, José Carlos Carvalho, Kike Barbosa and Sandra Possani
  • Credits: Aldo Rostagno, script; Ói Nóis Aqui Traveiz, direction, sets, and costumes; Adriano Marinho and Paulo Flores, lighting and soundtrack

Ostal — Rito teatral (1987)

In Ostal the audience of only twenty people is guided through a dark tunnel by a doctor, one by one, to the room of a patient, nearly completely occupied by an enormous bed. Once the last audience member enters, the doctor locks the door behind them. The performance takes place in this closed room, fragments from the life of a women tormented by mental illness. Her schizophrenia is portrayed not as a clinical disease, but as an inevitable consequence of the process of social adaptation we are all submitted to since childhood. In search for her identity, she seeks complicity from the audience, while all sorts of strange and violent things happen to her and to the room, without one word being said.


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