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No loose ends: Dom Casmurro's Masterclass

The pandemic context of 2020 led the group “Matamoscas Teatral'' to create this artistic experiment within an online platform, in which “Dom Casmurro”, one of Brazilian literature’s most important books, is performed through a "Masterclass" presented by the main character. During his lecture, Bento Santiago (Dom Casmurro himself) will try to prove his version of the facts and, indirectly, have his contradictions and inconsistencies exposed while he talks about his controversial memoirs. Are we encountering the truth or a man’s mere imagination, clouded by resentment about his life’s outcome? What social mechanisms allow such a story to be told this way? Why is Dom Casmurro such a nostalgic character and what does it tell us about Brazil?
Our work process was built collaboratively, by horizontal artistic functions, and remotely rehearsed. With countless virtual meetings throughout the year, our dramaturgy was built organically by everyone, at each rehearsal, with the particularity of being coordinated by the four actors and actresses of the project.

  • PV Hipólito
  • Ana Alencar
  • Bella Rodrigues
  • Franco Cammilleri
  • José Pedro
  • Gabrielle Távora
  • Ana Alencar
    Key Cast
  • Bella Rodrigues
    Key Cast
  • Franco Cammilleri
    Key Cast
    "Dom Casmurro"
  • José Pedro
    Key Cast
    "Escobar and Ezequiel"
  • Diogo Monteiro
    Assistant Director
  • Talisha Ribeiro
    Costume Designer
  • Tuzão
    Set and Light Designer
  • Lucas Campos
    Video Editor
  • Mayara Yaginuma
    Social media
  • Giovanna Stael
    Press officer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Nenhuma Ponta Solta: a masterclass de Dom Casmurro
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Student, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 38 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Canon T3i 50mm,Smartphone Camera
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Universidade de São Paulo
Director Biography - PV Hipólito

PV Hipólito is a director, actor, playwritter and Bachelor of Performing Arts by the University of São Paulo (USP, 2016-2020). PV has starred in over 25 theater plays and directed two: "Que Comam Brioches" (Let them eat cake) in 2019 and "Nenhuma ponta solta: a Masterclass de Dom Casmurro" (No loose ends, Dom Casmurro's Masterclass), based on Machado de Assis's novel, an online experience, which was presented in Brazil for more than 200 people in January 2021 and is now available as a film. Both of his works as a director were ellaborated by the group Matamoscas Teatral, whose one of the founding members is PV.

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Director Statement

In the middle of 2020’s troubled context, with closed theaters and no possibility of physical meetings, Matamoscas Teatral was founded by a group of young artists. United by their desire to research Latin American artists and dissect the connection between theatrical performance and social issues, our main focus was to analyse Brazil’s national elites. “No Loose ends: Dom Casmurro's Masterclass” was romotely conceived in 2020. It constitutes a contemporary montage of one of Brazilian history’s most important literary works: “Dom Casmurro”, written by Machado de Assis.