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Dende Collective unveil onefourseven



Preview by Paul Nelson

OVAL House Theatre is proud to welcome back the critically-acclaimed Anglo-Brazilian theatre company, Dende Collective, with the world premiere of onefourseven, by Mark O'Thomas, and directed by André Pink.

The Dende Collective excels in hauntingly funny, surrealist Brazilian theatre.

Their previous production for Oval House last Winter, The Piranha Lounge, wowed audiences and critics alike, to the extent that their run was extended by a further three weeks.

This latest piece has been produced through an intensive three-month workshop process at Oval House involving an eclectic mix of international actors' (UK, Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, The United
States, Spain and Nigeria); the resulting show, onefourseven, promises to be their best yet.

Set in a series of waiting rooms, onefourseven is based on those tiny moments in everyone's existence that are caught in between waiting for the grander moments of Life: birth, puberty, falling in love, ambition, marriage, death.

Using eclectic choreography, stories, absurdist humour, puppetry and a powerful, inventive characterisation, Dende Collective's onefourseven is an evening of polyphonic physical theatre, full of strange people, beautiful images, some dogs and carrots, and lots of numbers.

Dende Collective is an Anglo-Brazilian theatre company, founded in 1998 with the purpose of
developing joint ventures between Brazilian and British theatre practitioners.

The company's first project was a rehearsed reading of the Brazilian play, Olimpo Dos Orixas, which took place in São Paulo and London's Gate theatre.

Following this, the company commissioned and produced a translation of the realist classic, Dois Pedidos Numa Noite Suja - Two Lost Souls On A Dirty Night - by Plinio Marcos - which ran at The Grace Theatre, for three weeks, in 2000.

Viva Maria!, the first collaboration between Andre Pink and Mark O'Thomas, premiered at the Oval House in 2001 and went on to tour in Brazil.

Their subsequent piece, The Piranha Lounge, which was developed and premiered at Oval House, received universal critical acclaim and is about to go on national tour.

Dende Collective is one of Oval House's artist-in-development projects, as well as being a flagship company for Decibel, the Arts Council
England's campaign to promote culturally diverse arts.

Andre Pink was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where he trained as a director.

There, he founded a physical theatre company and worked as both an actor and a director, winning prizes for both activities in Brazilian theatre festivals.

He relocated to London thanks to a grant given by the Brazilian government to theatre practitioners that allowed him to train with some of the best physical theatre practitioners in Europe.

He recently performed in The National Theatre of Tokyo's production of The Good Person of Setzuan (in Japanese) and studied Kyogen theatre there for six months with the Mansaku No Kai theatre company, funded by the Japan Foundation.

He directed his first play in the UK in 2000 - Two Lost Souls on a Dirty Night, by Plínio Marcos and then Viva Maria, by Mark O'Thomas.

Mark Thomas had his first play commissioned and produced by Soho Theatre Company, opening its new building in Dean Street with the Food For Thought Salvador showcase of up-and-coming writing talent.

This was followed by Salvador, at the Man In The Moon, and Viva Maria!, at the Oval House and subsequent tour.

He programmes Brazilian films for the annual London Latin American Film Festival and is currently under commission by the Royal Court International Department as a translator and script reader for its Brazil project.

Tickets £9/ £5 concessions. Box Office 020 7582 7680 bookings@ovalhouse.com Address: 52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW. Transport: Oval Tube (one-minute walk Northern Line) Access: Induction Loop, Upstairs Theatre is not wheelchair accessible. Car park for disabled visitors, on-street parking nearby. Café: Open theatre nights for wines, beers and meals. December 3 - 20, Weds - Sat 8pm

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