The Theatre and the Plague

In these challenging times of the Coronavirus pandemic, Taanteatro Companhia is organizing a project of international artistic collaboration based on ANTONIN ARTAUD’s essay The Theater and the Plague.

In this first, now iconic text of The Theater and its Double, originally presented as a public lecture on April 6, 1933, at the Sorbonne, Artaud developed the foundations of the Theatre of Cruelty by establishing an analogy between the disruption of civilizational order provoked by the Plague and the “convulsive passions” to be ignited by his transgressive theater poetic.

Conceived by Wolfgang Pannek, the project The Theatre and the Plague is guided by the idea of reflecting on the current crisis with reference to a now classical text of performing arts theory. It presents Artaud’s essay as a multi-linguistic video-recital performed by artists and scholars from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.


Florence de Mèredieu (France), Jürgen Müller-Popken (Germany), Nourit Masson-Sékine (France), Shane Pike (Australia), Or Kittikong (Thailand), Nabil Chaheed (Tunisia), Trausti Ólafsson (Iceland), Candelaria Silvestro (Argentina), Theophile Choquet (France), Jorge Ndlozy (Mozambique), and Maura Baiocchi (Brazil)

In the face of the constraints of global quarantine, each artist will work on a section of Artaud’s text and conceive and create a video-performance in a geographical or architectural environment of her/his choice. The different sections will be edited following the structure of Artaud’s text and broadcast on the internet.

Edition: Bruna de Araujo (USA)
Idea and coordination: Wolfgang Pannek (Brazil)


[de]colonizations signals a new direction in the ongoing choreographic research of the Taanteatro Company: the application of postcolonial studies to the field of contemporary dance.
Muncipal Dance Support Program for São Paulo City.


Antonin Artaud: public domain

International project conceived by Wolfgang Pannek concerning the French poet Antonin Artaud (1896 to 1948) whose work happens to be of public domain in 2019. Through various activities carried out in Brazil and France Antonin Artaud: public domain investigates how the new legal status of his work will transform the public reception of the writings and ideas of the creator of the Theater of Cruelty.



September 11 to October 27, 2018

Arena Theater Eugênio Kusnet
Rua Teodoro Baima, 94 – Vila Buarque – São Paulo, Brazil – CEP 20220-202
(11) 3259-6409 – (11) 3256-9463

ARTT – Art Residence Taanteatro

Taanteatro Company announces the inauguration of ARTT – Art Residence Taanteatro.

Open to all artistic fields the residence takes place at Taanteatro Company headquarters
in São Lourenço da Serra, SP, Brazil.
Artists can develop their projects with free housing and workspace.
Projects can be send any time.Format and duration of the proposal is up to the proponents.
The selection of the projects is reserved to the directors of the company.

The first resident will be the dancer Jorge Armando Ndlozy from Mozambique.

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cARTAUDgraphy is an upcoming project of Taanteatro Company that will investigate the dynamics of forces that constitute the poetic territory of the life and work of Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), the surrealist poetry icon and founder of the Theatre of Cruelty.

Contemplated by the Municipal Program for Dance for the City of São Paulo – 16th Edition.
Duration: from november 2014 to november 2015

The choreographic research addresses three critical and interrelated fields of Artaud’s work:
1 The Spiritual Crisis – approached from the work “Correspondence with Jacques Rivière”
2 The Crisis of Western culture – approached from the work “Journey to the land of the Tarahumaras”
3 The Crisis of languages ​​- approached from the work “Artaud, the Momo”

Concept and direction | Wolfgang Pannek
Choreographic director | Maura Baiocchi
Assistent of choreography | Alda Maria Abreu
Music |Gustavo Lemos
Lighting| Eduardo Alves
Stageset |Roque Onofre Fraticelli, Candelaria Silvestro and Wolfgang Pannek

Cast | Maura Baiocchi, Isa Gouvea, Ana Beatriz Almeida, Alda Maria Abreu, Patricia Pina Cruz, Ariana Andreoli, Monica Cristina, Fabio Pimenta, Marcelino Bessa, Henrique Lukas, Paula Alves.



Ciclo de debates que acompanha as apresentações de ANDROGYNE – sagração do fogo
bate-papo com artistas e pesquisadores convidados sobre as múltiplas temáticas do espetáculo ANDROGYNE.


15/09 – Vídeo, Performance e Gênero
com Gabriel Bogossian, Paulo Bueno e Alda Maria Abreu

22/09 -  Corpo sem Órgãos, Liberdade e Poder
com Chui Yi Chih e Wolfgang Pannek

29/09 – Androginia e o Sagrado nas Artes
com Rodrigo Reis e Maura Baiocchi

LOCAL: Mundo Pensante – aos domingos – às 20h – após as apresentações.
Rua 13 de maio, 825 – Bela Vista, 01326-010 São Paulo – Informações: 011 98151 0389



20 years of research and creation of Taanteatro Companhia.
Project sponsored by the Municipal Programm for Dance in São Paulo – 11th Edition – 2012


Hans-Thies Lehmann, professor for Theater Studies at the Goethe University of Frankfurt and member of the German Academy of Stage Artes, is one of the most thinkers of contemporary theater.

Amongst his writings Postdramatic Theater and Political Writing in Theatrical Texts are international references.

The Hans Thies Lehmann Brasil Tour 2010, conceived and produced by Wolfgang Pannek, co-direvtor of Taanteatro Companhia, promotes a series of lectures and seminars with Hans Thies Lehmann and Eleni Varopoulou at the folllowing brazilian universities:

Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC)
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG)
Universidade de Brasília (UNB)
Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

Check the blog for more details