Os Sertões: A Terra (2002)
  • Title: Os Sertões: A Terra
  • Alternate Title: Os Sertões: The Earth
  • Holdings: photo gallery, program, script
  • Duration: 03:16:13
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: 2002
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Adão Filho, Adriana Capparelli, Adriana Viegas, Adriano Salhab, André Santana Lagartixa, Anna Guilhermina, Aury Porto, Camila Mota, Daniel Camilo, Danilo Tomic, Elenildo de Moura Uga, Fernando Coimbra, Fioravante Almeida, Francisco Rodrigues Rato, Fransérgio Araújo, Freddy Allan, Frederick Steffen Benfica, Gabriel Fernandes, Guilherme Calzavara, Ito Alves, Juliane Elting, Karina Buhr, Letícia Coura, Marcelo Drummond, Mariana de Moraes, Mariano Mattos Martins, Naomy Schölling, Otávio Ortega, Ricardo Bittencourt, Rodolfo Dias Paes – Dipa, Sálvio do Prado, Samuel de Assis, Sylvia Prado, Vera Barreto Leite, Wilson Feitosa Jr., Zé Celso Martinez Corrêa, Zé de Paiva; BIXIGÃO: Aneliê Schinaider, Ariclenes Barroso, Beiço – Gilmário Júnior, Cíntia Ingrid, Débora Santos, Edísio do Santos, Edna do Santos, Geni de Lira, Isabela Santana, Ivan Cardoso, Jacqueline Braga, Jhonatha Ferreira, Juliane Lira, Laene Santana, Luna Oliveira, Talita Martins, Thiago Martinho, Xandy
  • Credits: José Celso Martinez Corrêa, director; Camila Mota, assistant director; Catherine Hirsch, adviser; José Celso Martinez Corrêa, dramaturgy; Tommy Pietra, dramaturge; Marcelo Pellegrini, musical direction and original soundtrack; Maura Baiocchi, Wolfgang Pannek, and Haroldo Alves, choreography; Ricardo Morañez, lighting design; Tommy Pietra and Maurício Shirakawa, video; Elisete Jeremias and Rodrigo Andreolli, stage directors; Cristiane Cortílio, art director and set design; Olintho Malaquias, costume design; Ana Rúbia de Melo, Bia Fonseca, and Freddy Lopes, producers.

Os Sertões: A Terra (2002)

From 2000 to 2007, Teat(r)o Oficina Uzyna Uzona worked on the staging of Euclides da Cunha's epic book, Os Sertões, which describes the 19th Century War of Canudos in the Brazilian "sertão," lead by Antônio Conselheiro. The final result was a pentalogy, formed by the plays A Terra (2002), O Homem I (2003), O Homem II (2003), A Luta I (2005), and A Luta II (2006), totalizing 27 hours of theater. Os Sertões reads the episodes of the war in light of past and present Brazilian history, and in relation to the struggle of the group against media mogul Sílvio Santos, who wanted to tear down the historic theater to build a shopping mall.

In A Terra, the first impact is the geography of the sertão. Euclides da Cunha describes each part of the sertão in the first part of his book, revealing to the reader an x-ray of the region. In the play, a carnival opera, an epic Brazilian musical, the actors are the earth, the vegetation, the wind, the animals, the rivers, the drought. It reveals the most intimate secrets of nature, that also vibrate in the human and trans-human arteries. When this work returned as a musical overture to the whole pentalogy, enriched by the experience that the subsequent works brought to the creators and to the audience, it gained an updated insight into the human interference in the environment. Destructive power is proportional to financial power, and the discussion about the way space gets occupied was brought to the forefront, including the real-estate boom that surrounds today not only Teatro Oficina, but the whole world, now hotter and more arid.

Additional Materials

iconOs Sertões: A Terra, program with script (POR) (3.57 MB)


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