Defeat is a virtual scenic experiment based on the work of Dimitris Dimitriádis, directed by Camila Bauer and starred by the actress Liane Venturella. The audiovisual spectacle marks the partnership between the Gompa Project collective and Cia Incomodete. It invites us to navigate the depths of a human being that recaptures crucial aspects of its existence, in a deep relationship between life and memory, defeat and victory, understanding and non-acceptance of the things that surround us and are dearest to us: our relationship with the world, our desires and powerlessness facing all of that. Defeat proposes a dialogue mediated by technology in the very genesis of creation, seeking for the proximity between actress and spectator, where complicity comes from the spoken word and close gaze. The spectator becomes an ally of the confession that is about to be heard.
According to Dimitriádis, the characters “speak as if they were given the word for the last time (...), as if the narrator knew that every pronounced word would gradually end his opportunity to speak”. In that sense, we see a woman who pursues each word to try and translate precisely what she feels and thinks, denouncing the boundaries of her own verbal experience, at the same time, testifying to the urgency of the spoken word. Those are attempts to inscribe oneself into the world, as well as records of the world of individual memory, in an insistent pursuit of the best word to translate this relationship. In Defeat, the will to change the world is not enough to modify it, just as much as the desire for expression is not enough to find the right word.
Written by: Dimitris Dimitriadis
Directed and translated by: Camila Bauer
Cast: Liane Venturella
Sound Direction: Álvaro RosaCosta
Lighting: Ricardo Vivian
Video: Júlio Estevan e Nando Rossa
Finalização: Nando Rossa
Costume orientation: Fabiane Severo
Photography: Cláudio Etges
Scene photographs: Lina Sumizono
Press: Leo Sant`Anna
Social Media: Pedro Bertoldi
Artistic production: Letícia Vieira
Production: Primeira Fila Produções
Realization: Projeto Gompa e Cia Incomode-Te
Curitiba Theater Festival - 2022
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Cápsula - Derrota
Antonio Hohlfeldt - Jornal do Comércio
If the contemporary world is characterized by the fragmentation and loneliness caused by isolation and individualization, leading us to memory loss and, as a consequence, the sense of history, it seems to be the Greek dramaturg's desire for a reintegration with the Cosmos, which is also the human community. The play’s symbology proposing the acceptance of the different (or the difference) is evident. And current.
The actress Liane Venturella, under the direction of Camila Bauer, materializes a staging that, if we were in live theater, would require a small space that could bring the audience/witness/interlocutor closer to the character. The camera, however, performs this role. The character looks straight at us. But she does not defy us, she dialogues, as she says. The play does not work for digression, because the scalpel’s cut is sharp, it demands the spectator’s adherence. In this sense, the nonexistence of makeup in the actress is fundamental. The video by Julio Estevan and Nando Rossa, with lighting by Ricardo Vivian, plus costumes by Fabiane Severo and soundtrack by Álvaro RosaCosta achieve the necessary dramaticity. Liane is, of course, a Greek character. Contemporary.
Tania Brandão - Folias Teatrais
In her first monologue, the option was to develop an artistic experience, to create something new, in between theater, film, video. With Camila Bauer’s direction, the actress faces the spectator under an incandescent tone of appreciation of life, as if each word could be her last.
The scene is casual, the tension and attention are focused on the actress and the text, not in special effects. The proximity leads to a new thought about the human condition, proposed in a direct shot, with no filters.
Airton Tomazzoni - CENA.TXT
To face this text that challenges discourse, enunciation and digital staging, was necessary an actress and a director with courage and ability to remain with so little and turn this scarcity into the right, necessary and coherent choice. The falsely casual acting leads us to a colloquial tone whilst the character smokes, drinks water, sitting at the bed foot. And just like that, as if in a chat, finds the nuances and subtleties almost inconspicuous that shape the conversation in a way that we gain an astounding intimacy with what is being said. Because the text itself announces: “It was not what my words wanted to say”. There is a cared carpentry that gains strength in the economy of the gestures and in the articulation that finds the correct emotion, just right. The exercise of the great actress that Liane Venturella is and how she shares it in such a generous and wholesome way, moves us and makes us dive into this text that twists and turns in the heart and the mind.
(...) We have an actress that knows her craft and a direction that allows that. I’m not afraid to say that I faced a great theatrical moment to which I was connected through a camera.
[Complete review in Portuguese here]
Renato Mendonça - Coletiva.net
‘Defeat’, to me, is unarguably theater allocated in a video platform. I say that because the 30 minutes of the spectacle enclose some of the most dear principles of the live scenic art, at least to me: autonomy of the audience, shared time, body strength. The option to avoid any kind of image or editing effect, to propose a long take (using another area’s term…) and to avoid time leaps proves to be correct.
(...) In this point, the absence of a soundtrack also represents evidence that the director gives up any kind of resource to externally guide the emotions, giving to the actress and the text the responsibility to conduct a victorious ‘Defeat’.
We come to the actress and the text. What to say? About Liane, that she accumulates more than the technical ability and the physique du rôle - she has the maturity to stage this text. It is when I see at least one advantage for theater to migrate to digital platforms - to facilitate the recognition of our talents in other places.
(...) Actress, text and direction of ‘Defeat’ concur so that those discoveries and provocations feed one another. Using an expression that appears in the play, there is a difference between being alone and being lonely. Even though the world of reality defeats us.
José Cetra - Palco Paulistano
In a little over 30 minutes, this woman addresses the camera and, therefore, the spectator, trying to explain in an almost didactic fashion how life made her get to that point at the same time tense and fulfilling, where her only wish is to sleep soundly until she reaches the “heart of the sleep”. She is in her bedroom and smokes compulsively while telling her story. (...) in Defeat, the actress is in front of the camera and in a single shot she tells her touching story in the most natural way possible. It is even believable that she is actually speaking with the spectator. The apparent coldness of her testimony purposely prevents any emotional reaction from the audience.
Photographed in a very subtle color, the spectacle has a lean direction by Camila Bauer, who focuses her attention on the brilliant work done by the actress.
Diego Ferreira - Olhares da Cena
The spoken word as a possibility of communication, extremely elaborated and materialized through the body and voice of Liane Venturella, which produces in the spectator a kind of catharsis, as if we were voyeurs of that woman’s intimacy. We penetrate in “Defeat” throughout the world of words, and through them we undertake the very own metamorphosis of the narrative. (...) And if this daily life is the current Brazil, those words create other dimensions that potentialize the speech of the text, because it starts from the materiality of Dimítris’ text to deepen subjects that are extremely important to all of us in Brazil, such as the political and sanitary chaos. It is the perfect moment to pause and reflect about our own precarieties. This dialogue is necessary, it is healthy, it is urgent, even as an exhaust valve, as an escape from facing chaos.
“Defeat” is a partnership between the Gompa Collective and Cia Incomode-te and evidences the notable work of Liane Venturella as the great actress that she is, having as a possibility of creation her presence and all her capability of articulating through pauses, silences and the appropriation of a text that at first glance seems simple. However, simplicity is not always something easy to access, and here her performance in this experiment is masterful. So is the work of Camila Bauer, who in every new work reinvents herself as a stager, whether in the language, poetics or aesthetic, but always innovating and bringing the new to the stage, or to the screen, which is the case of this experiment. An intimate and revealing production that provokes our imagination through the great use of the word materialized in the body and the voice of a great actress.
Brasil de Fato
The thoughts of a woman alone in her room, interacting only with the spectator on the other side of the computer screen. A proposal that is apparently simple, but that reveals itself to be something much deeper.
In that sense, we see through the screen someone that seeks each word to try to translate what she feels and thinks, denouncing the limits of her own experience, at the same time as she testifies the urgency of the word.
Roberto Oliveira - Comenta UMBU
To praise Liane Venturella’s performance in Defeat would be repetitive and almost unnecessary. On many occasions, she has demonstrated the excellence and quality of her performances, which are always surprising, original and true pearls of acting. In “Defeat”, she faces two huge challenges. To face a text that is extremely difficult based on its infinite repetitions and its philosophical tone. To face the intimate and minimalistic proposal chosen by the stager Camila Bauer, who righteously, in my opinion, takes off the external actions and any other unnecessary things from her direction, preferring to throw the actress to the lions (in the best sense). Liane overcomes every challenge and puts her work as an actress at the center of the spectacle. Both of them trust in Dimitris Dimitriadis’ writings. Camila Bauer trusts the actress. This makes one job to potentialize the other two.