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The Recognition (1990 – 1996)

Grupo Galpão’s history until now, as the actors defined it themselves “was a slow motion process, of baby steps, of which the ripe fruits could only be harvested after a long sowing and irrigation process.” In “Family Album”, by Nelson Rodrigues, the harvest was just beginning. The play amplified the group’s presence in the national scenery and the good reviews and awards were multiplied.

In 1991, the director Gabriel Villela proposed a show to the group that intended to explore the “ Old Chevrolet Pick-up” as a main scenographic element. It was a way to bring back the old carriages from the theater troupes and take the show everywhere in the country. After two years of researches and workshops, Shakespeare’s classic text would meet the Sertão’s epic and Guimarães Rosa narrative. “Romeo and Juliet” would not only become the group’s biggest public and review success but also of the whole street theater of the country. In an article, Bárbara Heliodora, theater critic and Shakespeare specialist, summarized the performance’s importance: “The ‘Romeu and Julieta’ by Villela and Galpão is a definitive performance”.

Once the group was recognized by the public and in the theater métier, and still mourning its founder Wanda Fernandes, who passed away in a car accident, Galpão resumed its partnership with Gabriel Vilella in “The Street of Sorrow”. The name of the show not only reflected the bitter steps of Christ’s passion, but also the general sorrow the group felt during the process. Together with the successive awards, the excursions were multiplied and the enormous scenery and many trunks left the trucks that took the group all over the country and abroad.

After making the Festival de Teatro Internacional (FESTIN), in 1990 and 1992, Galpão organized the first version of Festival Internacional de Teatro de Palco e Rua de Belo Horizonte (FIT), in 1994. The project became a great success. It has every other year and it is under the responsibility of the Fundação Municipal de Cultura (Municipal Culture Foundation).

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