The settlement of a heterogeneous and multiple group (2000 – 2008)

At the turn of the century, Galpão started the year with an invitation to present at the “Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre” in London. “Romeo and Juliet” would be the first Brazilian show on that stage for a two weeks season. The British people known as theater lovers and specially Shakespeare, crowded each and every performance and that which was seen as infidelity would be consecrated as the most genuine popular theater heritage of the English playwright. Also during this season, that the director Robert Lepage watched Galpão, and four years after he would invite the actress Teuda Bara to be part of his show “K.À”, with Cirque du Soleil.

By the end of the year 2000, the group premiered “Um Trem Chamado Desejo” (“A Streetcar named Desire”), directed by Chico Pelúcio, musical composition by Tim Rescala and play written by Luís Alberto de Abreu.

In 2001, Galpão initiated its partnership with the actor and director Paulo José with the adaptation to television of the show “A Rua da Amargura” (“The Bitterness Street”), on the special “A Paixão Segundo Ouro Preto” (“Passion by Ouro Preto”). On the next year, reaching its 20 years of activities, the group presented a repertoire of their last five shows in Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, besides doing a tour on the northeast Brazilian capitals.

In 2003, Galpão launched the diaries of the settings of their shows “Romeo and Juliet”, ”The Bitterness Street”, “An Imaginary Molière” and “Divided” – that meant to create a portrait of the group’s routine of rehearsals and their process of creation. At the same year, “O Inspetor Geral” (“The Government Inspector”) by Nicolai Gógol, direct by Paulo José, master of “dramaturgy of the actor’s lips” premiered. The show that presented a fierce critique to corruption and bad behavior of the Russian Imperial governors for five seasons all over Brazil.

In 2005, Galpão took in three big tours to distant Brazilian regions, with little or no access to cultural activities. The group travelled around Vale do Jequitinhonha, center west and northeast parts of the country, performing on theater stages and on the streets.

In the same year, the second show directed by Paulo José premiered: “Um Homem é um Homem” (“Man Equals Man”) by Bertold Brecht. Keeping the fable aura of the play, the group made few adaptations to create connections with nowadays as they’d done on “The Governor Inspector”. The show made a three weeks season, on a circus set near Casa do Conde in Belo Horizonte.

In 2006, the “Conte sua história” (“Tell Your Story”) campaign was launched by Galpão that invited the audience to be a part of their next set up, directed by Paulo de Moraes with real stories. At the same year the group released a Documentary DVD with the performance of “Romeo and Juliet” play, on the Globe Theatre, in London.

The 2008 year was marked as a beautiful and fruitful meeting of Galpão with the film-maker Eduardo Coutinho, which proposed to document the rehearsal directed by Enrique Diaz, based on the text “As Três Irmãs” (“The Three Sisters”), by Anton Tchékhov. The play that would never be finished, which was already planned, end up being the origin of the Documentary “Moscou” (“Moscow”), beyond being the front gate to the group’s dive into the Russian playwright work in the following years.

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