Immense Joy / Hots
2019 Fay Chandler Creativity Grant
Clarice Lispector’s brutal and tender exploration of what it truly means to be poor
Senior Lecturer Anna Kohler’s latest devised work Immense Joy/ Hots is based on the writing of Clarice Lispector, a revolutionary Brazilian author (1920-67). The project begins with a primary workshop during the summer of 2021 and a work in progress performance at MIT in September, with a full premiere at The Tank in New York in winter 2022.
Lispector is a legend among Brazilian writers for her innovative and truly provocative style and content. Apart from being infected by the profound and insane humor of her writing, the piece will attempt a deep vision into what it truly means to be poor—not “middle-class” or “Bohemian” poor—but in a desperate situation without any possibilities. Immense Joy/Hots attempts, with the help of the passionate writing of Lispector, to hold up a mirror to us all.
Natalia de Campos is a multidisciplinary artist from São Paulo, Brazil working in performance, video, sound, writing, interactive media, and street interactions, and as a theater director, producer, researcher, educator, and translator. de Campos worked in São Paulo for ten years before moving to New York in 1998.
Since the 1970s, John Hagan has performed in works by Robert Ashley, Richard Foreman, Samuel Beckett, Steve Buscemi, DANCENOISE, Mimi Goese, Eugene Ionesco, John Jesurun, Christina Masciotti, Stuart Sherman and Via Theater, among others. He can be seen as the patient taking an hallucinogenic journey in Aaron Siegel’s video opera, “Tea Before You Go”(available on Vimeo and YouTube). He also holds a PhD in Film Studies from NYU, and has written multiple articles and curated numerous art shows.
Senior Lecturer in (“theater” or “Acting/Directing”) at MIT, Anna Kohler is a stage and screen author, actor, and director.
Fabio Tavares is a queer Brazilian artist who’s been obsessed with the human body in action from a very young age. He started off as a competitive gymnast before running away to join the circus at the age of 15 where he got his first professional job as an acrobat. He hasn’t stopped working since. Tavares moved to NYC in 1999 where he’s been dancing, flying, falling, crashing, studying, learning, creating, teaching, and making noise since.
Immense Joy/Hots features Natalia deCampos (an artist and activist from Brazil and long-time collaborator with the Living Theater in New York), Fabio Tavares (a Brazilian performer and dancer who, apart from his own work, is also a company member of the world famous Streb Dance Company), and experimental theater legend John Hagan.