Rose rises from her tomb. From the dead, from the past. She alerts for an imminent war, for the extreme necessity of transformation of a woman’s soul, a woman who has stopped feeling. She has the key to the mind of Eva, our heroine, and her many facets that battle throughout the play.
The audience is taken into an adventure through imagination, fantasy, mystery, laughter and tears. The hardest journey of them all: from the mind to the bottom of the heart.
Based on a true episode of a mental breakdown, occurred during the impeachment process of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rouseff, in 2016, “The Journey of a Warlike Mind” deals with the inherent tension in the relationships between all the voices that live inside our minds, and establishes an up-to-date discussion on gender on a deep and intimate level. Eva has been silent for too long and needs to seek her essential voice.
The play is inspired by the book “Women who run with the Wolves”, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and the work of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797), a British writer and philosopher, considered by many to be the mother of modern feminism. Drawing on the tradition of storytelling, the play explores this medium by contrasting the ugliness of traumas with the beauty of transformation, launching our heroine into a process of healing.
The universe of this unique piece is embedded with elements of African music and dance, modern and electronic music, allied with a detailed character composition and an original dramaturgy grown from poems, paintings, tales and dramatic scenes.
"The Journey of a Warlike Mind" is, above all, about change, transformation and transcendental hope. A tragicomic and bittersweet tale about rediscovering the roles that we as women play in our lives and breaking patterns that have been so rigidly built within us.
“Ana Luiza Ulsig proved herself to be a terrific character actor with perfect comic timing and a scene stealer throughout" - Dress Circle on “Liberty”, directed by Karen Douglas, Deptford Heritage Festival 2019.
"Ana Luiza Ulsig is a joy to watch, switching between loyal comrade and pompous official with charm and wit" - Alex Hayward, on “Liberty”.
Ana Luiza Ulsig has been writing and producing her own projects since 2007. She has been nominated for Best Script Award at the 8th National Festival of Duque de Caxias, Brazil, with the female-lead musical play “Muita Muher pra Pouco Musical” (Winner of BEST PLAY AWARD at the same festival). In 2015, she was awarded a grant from the Rio municipality to tour the family musical "Rock'n Lixo", about recycling and environmental awareness.
Co-founder of Unchained Theatre Company, London. An international performer with over 15 years of professional experience, Ana has performed in the National Theatre of Lisbon & the National Theatre of Porto, in Portugal; at the Århus 2017 Cultural Capital of Europe with the site-specific performance “All This Coming and Going” with Teatret Gruppe 38 (Denmark), in partnership with Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Australia, and Trickster-p (Switzerland); in Chile at the International Improvisation Competition IMPROCHILE 2008; besides touring in different festivals around Brazil.
MA Distinction in Actor & Performer Training from Rose Bruford College (UK) and BA in Acting from Unirio (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).
Check her website for interviews and more info: www.analuizaulsig.com
Written and performed by Ana Luiza Ulsig
African Dance Supervision: Joana Marinho (Brazil)
Costume Design: Camila Crus (Brazil)
Rehearsals / Sound collaboration: Mariana Santos Silva (Portugal/UK)
Performative writing collaboration: Joseph Dunne-Dowrie (UK)
Character development collaboration: Olavo Cavalheiro (Brazil)
Artistic and Graphic Design: Sofie Ulsig cargocollective.com/sofieart & Radoslav Nedyalkov radographic.com
Photos by Aidan Huxford
WINNER OF SPIRIT OF THE BEDFORD FESTIVAL FRINGE AWARD 2019.
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