Carolina Chmielewski

Bio

Carolina Chmielewski is a Brazilian actor and assistant director. She researches and practices the epic theater of Bertolt Brecht and Peter Brook and has a strong interest in interculturality and diversity in theater. From 2012 to 2017, she participated as an actor in all the productions of Cia Paideia de Teatro, a Brazilian theater company for young audiences. In Montreal since October 2017, she presented the show Tales From the Wind at the Centaur Theater (TD Saturday Morning Children’s Series). In 2019, she was the assistant director of the play Fragments d’Ana, directed by Ligia Borges, a co-production of Théâtre de l’Intime and M.A.I. (Montréal, arts interculturels). Carolina was selected for TNM Laboratories open to diversity and indigenous peoples 2019. She attended the Master Class « Jouer l’enfance ou faire l’enfant? » by Gervais Gaudreault and the « Conception et fabrication de marionnettes » workshop with Claude Rodrigue. She performs at the Théâtre de l’Œil’s new puppet show, Furioso, directed by Simon Boudreault. Carolina is co-founder of the Théâtre de la flamme, which received three residences for the «La floraison des souvenirs» project – a residence at Réseaux Accès Culture, a residence at CAM and Théâtre aux Écuries, and a residence at Le Cube.


Agenda

Furioso – Théâtre de l’Œil

January 27th to February 8th 2021
La Maison Théâtre

Text: Olivier Kemeid
Direction: Simon Boudreault
Scenography and puppets: Richard Lacroix
Music: Michel F. Côté
Light design: Gilles Perron
Actors: Carolina Chmielewski, Nicolas Germain-Marchand, Simone Latour Bellavance and Jethro Rome

Poster by « Passerelle bleue »

La floraison des souvenirs – Théâtre de la flamme

Text: Patricia Rivas
Direction: Marilda Carvalho
Puppet Design: Jesse Grindler
Actors: Carolina Chmielewski and Cleo da Fonseca
Dramaturgy advisor: Marie-Christine Lê-Huu
Mediation: Ligia Borges

Photo: Enric Llagostera


Works

Actor

Furioso

Théâtre de l’Œil

Text: Olivier Kemeid | Direction: Simon Boudreault
Recommended Ages: 8 – 12
2020 – Residence at Théâtre de la Ville (Longueuil, QC – Canada)

Orlando, knight of the North, and Abderam, knight of the South, are both in love with a Chinese princess, Yuhuan. Sequestered by the northern camp, Yuhuan managed to escape. Orlando and Abderam, those reckless men, abandon the war and go in search of her. The king of the South, panicking with the idea of losing his battle general, sends his fighter Malek to bring Abderam back. In the meanwhile in the North, the knight Bradamante, in love with Abderam – her enemy of the South – goes in search of him. In short, everyone runs after everyone for all kinds of reasons, preventing two worlds from tearing apart. A thousand and one twists and turns happen with a hippogriff, a sea killer whale and a magician who HATES princesses.
(Photo: Michel Pinault)

Tales From the Wind (solo)

Cia Paideia

Text and direction : Amauri Falseti
Recommended Ages: 7+
2019 – Centaur Theatre (Montreal, Canada)

In this one-person show, a drifter from a distant land tells the stories she has heard in her travels. The wind has carried these stories from different parts of the world, such as India and Cameroon. These are stories about families, hope, disputes, and overcoming; and stories that bring with them the wisdom carried from one generation to another. Inspired by the epic theatre of Bertolt Brecht and Peter Brook, the play explores the potential of the storyteller and provides a fertile ground for imagination.
(Photo: Ninguém dos Campos)

A Voz do Morro – Un voyage au cœur de la samba

Le Chœur Scénique Brésilien

Text and direction : Taia Goedert and Auro Moura
For all ages
2019 – Salle Sylvain-Lelièvre (Montreal, Canada)

A Voz do Morro tells the story of samba and its trajectory from the first officially recorded samba songs. Through almost fifty songs, the show brings to the public a facet of samba little known outside of Brazil.
(Photo: Denis Martin)

Caso Perdido

Cia Paideia

Text and direction : Amauri Falseti
Recommended Ages: 12+
2017 – Paideia Cultural Association (Brazil)

The play shows a series of scenes where the youth is the protagonist. Their pains and their dreams. Inspired by scenes from Antigone, Shakespeare, Fernando Sabino, Svetlana Alexijevich, others inspired by real stories. The show brings together the actors from Cia. Paideia and the 70 young people from Experience in Theatre Course from Paideia and the stage will be transformed in a tribune.
(Photo: Laura Jorge)

Histórias que o Vento Traz

Cia Paideia

Text and direction : Amauri Falseti
Recommended Ages: 6+
2017 – Paideia Cultural Association (Brazil)

Four drifters from a distant lands tell the stories they had heard in their travels. The wind has carried these stories from different parts of the world, such as India, Cameroon and Ethiopia. These are stories about families, hope, disputes, and overcoming; and stories that bring with them the wisdom carried from one generation to another. Inspired by the epic theatre of Bertolt Brecht and Peter Brook, the play explores the potential of the storyteller and provides a fertile ground for imagination.
(Photo: Ninguém dos Campos)

O Sal e o Amor

Cia Paideia

Text and direction : Amauri Falseti
Recommended Ages: 7+
2016-2017 – Paideia Cultural Association (Brazil)

Inspired by a Turkish legend, the play tells the story of Yildiz, the youngest daughter of a powerful Sultan, who decides to ask his three daughters how much love they feel for him. The older daughters manage to please their father by making comparisons with gold and diamonds, but Yildiz, unable to measure her love, fails to please the Sultan, who furiously turns Yildiz’s life into a dangerous challenge.
(Photo: Dani Sandrini)

Círculo de Giz

Cia Paideia

Text: Armin Petras | Direction : Amauri Falseti
Recommended Ages: 10+
2015-2016 – Paideia Cultural Association (Brazil)
2015 – Jungen Schauspielhaus (Düsseldorf, Germany)
2015 – Grips Theater (Berlin, Germany)

The play shows the child’s point of view on the adults’ world. A sick boy decides to stage and direct a play that represents the story of his life. Choose a fable from ancient Chinese times. Within this play, his mother and the other adults will be the actors. This play premiered in Berlin and is the end of the five-year exchange between the Grips Theater from Berlin and Cia. Paideia.
(Photo: Thiago Leite)

O Boi e o Burro

Cia Paideia

Text: Norbert Ebel | Direction : Amauri Falseti
Recommended Ages: 4+
2015-2016 – Paideia Cultural Association (Brazil)

On a cold winter night, in a stable in Bethlehem. An ox, shaking off the cold, returns cheerfully to its warm stable, to eat its well-deserved dinner … when he discovers a foreign body in his manger. What will it be? The donkey arrives and it starts a well-known story with great humor, but from a very different point of view: from the perspective of an ox and a donkey.
(Photo: Yohanna Rodrigues)

A Caixa Encantada

Cia Paideia

Text and direction : Amauri Falseti
Recommended Ages: 5+
2014-2016 – Paideia Cultural Association (Brazil)
This play was also presented in several public schools and libraries.

Aline discovers the school’s abandoned library and there she will come across a small part of humanity’s treasure. As if by accident, as if by an enchantment, she meets characters from legends, stories and fairy tales. In these meetings, she gets to know new worlds, new frontiers and herself. She discovers the power of her imagination and from what comes out of the books.
(Photo: Thiago Leite)

EVOL – Love Backwards

TeArt Theater Group

Text and direction : Sunny Sharankova, Elena Perez and Evangelos Lalos
Recommended Ages: 14+
2011-2012 – Theater Huset (Copenhagen, Denmark)

LOVE… The worst thing about love is that it ends… But what if love would end with the beginning? TeArt Theatre Group this time plays with LOVE in a very unconventional manner: Playing a love story from the end to the beginning. No, correction: Playing ‘the story of love’, because this story is not the typical story about she and he. Different couples using verbal and non verbal theater will take you through the amazing, sad, exciting, passionate, crazy and evol…world of love.
(Photo: New Photography Copenhagen by Aris)

Assistant Director

Fragments d’Ana

Théâtre de L’Intime

Text: Patricia Rivas | Direction : Ligia Borges
Recommended Ages: 12+
2019 – MAI – Montréal, arts interculturels (Montreal, Canada)

Fragments d’Ana is a celebration of life and memory. Falling somewhere between reality and fiction, the show subtly and poetically explores the space of solitude, while appealing to our capacity for connection. We are plunged into the innermost thoughts of Ana, a character who struggles gently against forgetting. The microcosm of her house invites us into a reflection on the passage of time, love, and the inevitability of death. Site-specific theatre.
(Photo: Thibault Carron)


Videos

Les contes à relais XXI – Ti-Jean et le cheval blanc

Tales From the Wind

O Sal e o Amor

Círculo de Giz

O Boi e o Burro

Press

“We try to provoke and invite critical thinking and reflection. This need comes from an urgency to connect theatre and society, what is crucial in theatre for young people.”

Behind the Curtain: Tales from the Wind with Carolina Chmielewski – February 1, 2019

“On entre dans la maison de quelqu’un pour la première fois un peu comme on entre dans sa vie. (…) De ce partage de l’intime et des petits riens de la vie peuvent émerger des relations fécondes.”

«Fragments d’Ana»: souvenirs morcelés – September 28, 2019

“Amour, nostalgie, solitude, espérance, bienveillance, authenticité et générosité. La performance des artistes est pleine de sensibilité et de délicatesse.”

«Fragments d’Ana»: expérience partagée entre acteurs et spectateurs – September 28, 2019

“The shared experience has become part of our everyday work: we wanted this work to become more international, more intercultural, closer to the children’s needs and to contemporary artistic expressions.”

A field of artistic experiment – Brazil meets Germany: 2011-2016 (about the 5 years partnership between Cia. Paideia and Grips Theater – Show Círculo de Giz) – ASSITEJ Magazine 2017 – pages 46-48.

Contact

Carolina Chmielewski

✉ carolina.chmi@gmail.com