Orô de Otelo
An ISTA production
Reading Shakespeare's "Othello", the performer, an elegantly
dressed black man, gets carried away by the story.
The performer enacts the main characters - Othello, Desdemona,
Iago, according to the words which are sung in Verdi's "Otello".
The performer changes from one character to another, building
dialogues between them, but also reacting to the characters he
Verdi's opera music is commented on, backed up or counter
pointed by the traditional rhythm of the Candomblé drums.
The performance is based exclusively on the codification of the
Orixá dances: all gestures, steps and movements originate from the
dances of the saints and gods of the Candomblé religion. Orô is a
word used to indicate a ceremony.
In the performance the Orixás are different manifestations of
the human passions which animate the main episodes of the play.
The dramatic events evoked by Othello's story slowly drive the
performer into a xiré. During the xiré in
a Candomblé ceremony the drums greet and call the different Orixás
so that they can descend and ride the devotee who is dancing.
The performance finishes with an avania, the final
dance and salutation rhythm as all the Orixás leave.
Performer: Augusto Omolù
Musician: Cleber Conceição da Paixão
Director: Eugenio Barba
Assistant director: Julia Varley
Music: traditional drum rhythms from Candomblé
ceremonies and fragments from a recording of Giuseppe Verdi's opera
Countries and Places
Zona de Transição - I Festival Internacional de Artes
Cênicas do Ceará,III Encontro Internacional de Artes Cênicas do
TJA, Fortaleza, Brazil (2012)
Festival, Bucharest, Romania (2012)