Os arteiros Theater Group

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Os Arteiros in action: support for theater in Cidade de Deus. Photo: Marcelo Tabach/Diadorim Ideias
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Created by director Fernando Barcellos, filmmaker Rodrigo Felha and actor Ricardo Fernandes, Os Arteiros is a theater group for children in which the little ones really do work.

Os arteiros: children must be enrolled in school and have good grades to be accepted in the program. Photo: Marcelo Tabach/Diadorim Ideias

The children and adolescents between 7 and 15 years old take part on the performances and Cidade de Deus residents help with all the work - scripts, promotion, makeup, stage lighting and even cleaning work. "We wanted everyone to be part of the company, from the beginning", says Fernando.

The work by the 65 children in the group can be seen in the improvisation and acting games performed by them. "Ats Arteiros, the youth are the creators", says the director. Boys and girls can be part of the group until they are 18 years old. "we believe this is not a professionalizing initiative, but it is a beginning. We make them see theater is more than this. We want them to take over the world".

Sponsored by actress Dira Paes, Os Arteiros are a reference in Cidade de Deus and outside of the community - it was the only children's group invited for the Theater Festival in Curitiba in April 2012, with their first show, the dramatic comedy "A Menina Cantora no Reino de Sofia". In 2013, members of the group travelled to Germany for performances of a free adaptation of Shakespeare. "We make children's theater because our members are children, but we are not inspired by Disney films", says Fernando.

One of the first members of the company, Adriele, discovered theater by chance. "I went there because I was told they were giving toys out", says the girl, who now is passionate about performance art. "I like improvising because it stimulates creativity, and I also like memorizing texts because it is good for my acting skills", says the 14 year old girl.  

Along with acting classes, Os Arteiros offers violin, keyboard, flute and singing lessons. To be part of the group, only two things are needed: to be enrolled in school and to have good grades at it. 

General Information

Address: Daniel Street, 84, Cidade de Deus.
E-mail address: osarteiros@osarteiros.org
Website: http://osarteiros.org/osarteiros.html / https://www.facebook.com/os.arteiros?ref=ts&fref=ts

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