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The Man Who Hated

Monday

ABOUT THE WORK

Ballerina and choreographer Gilsamara Moura, Hoje (2002) president of Fundart (Foundation of Art and Culture of the Municipality of Araraquara), has projected dance nationally and internationally through her performances. United in a proposal to valorize national culture, the three artists aim to portray aspects of Brazil through the work O Homem que Hated Monday, whose images are submerged in the universality of being.

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Such a Project also seeks to reveal the interdisciplinarity that exists between Music, Dance and Literature which, together, make this show something unique performed until today within the Gestus Group.

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The Man Who Hated Monday is a project designed to produce a contemporary dance show, inspired by the literary work of the same name by writer Ignácio de Loyola Brandão.

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Considering the importance of valuing and promoting Brazilian art, the project unites artists who share the fact that they were born in Araraquara.

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Ignácio de Loyola Brandão, renowned writer who now resides in São Paulo, portrays in his works the various moments of his childhood and adolescence in Araraquara. Paulo Martelli, a virtuoso musician recognized by the specialized critic as one of the best guitarists due to his performance and academic performance, who even living in New York, makes Araraquara the place of his performances.

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"On Mondays, I have a fantasy: turning a wrong corner, taking a wrong street, continuing on the wrong avenues and never getting anywhere. Then, I would call to say that an alligator threatened me in the Anhangabaú valley, that a horde of Corinthians fans chased me. Anything credible, except a flat tire or a dead grandmother, that no one would believe.

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A logical excuse. Like a hand lying in the mailbox or the sudden disappearance of my own shadow. So everyone would understand that I just didn't go to work because something really forceful prevented me.

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Monday. If it's a holiday, Tuesday does the same thing. And it could be the sixth, the fourth. You can't be happy on Mondays.

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And, according to Loyola, you can never be happy. Monday is just a pretext. Anyway, if we are ever happy, we will only be six happy days. Then five, four, three, two. Until there is no room left for happiness.

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Because Monday, after all, if it falls on Monday or any other day, it will always remind us of obligations, wills, broken promises, commitments that we don't want to have. And our hands will fall, and our guilt will make us much smaller than our mirrors accuse us every day. And, we plunge into chasms of pain and disillusionment, we will live on memories and frustrations, but laughing bitterly at the human condition itself.

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Take the wrong street. And try to explain why Monday is just a day that we should never have existed. And when Monday is extinguished, other days will play the role of that nefarious day. Thus, we will conclude that we simply shouldn't exist on any day of the week, the only way to avoid the rulebook of everyday tragedies.

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Is Loyola a pessimist?

But deliciously good-natured. To the point of making Monday a working day, pleasant and, above all, surprising and full of possibilities. "

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ZEZÉ BRANDÃO

YEAR OF CREATION

2002

DATASHEET

Literary work: Ignácio de Loyola Brandão

Direction and Conception: Gilsamara Moura

Music (composition and performance): Paulo Martelli

Assistant Director: Kranya Díaz Serrano

Choreography: Gestus Group

Costume Design and Set Design: Jorge Okada

Costume Design: Neuza Cruz

Lighting: Marcos dos Anjos

Sound: Valter Galhardi Jr. (Ninho)

Musical quote: "What will be will be" - Doris Day

Video: Sandra Mascarenhas

Graphic Project: Jorge Okada

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