INSIDE THE WILD HEART is an immersive theatrical experience based on the works of Clarice Lispector, Brazil's most acclaimed female writer, presented in New York in 2016 and 2018. The show transported the audience directly inside Lispector’s heart creating an experience that encouraged them to engage with literature on a sensory level. Now the 2018’s filmed performance is available for viewers around the world through the gather.town platform, allowing the audience to navigate through the three virtual floors of Aich Studio, a preserved 19th-century space in the heart of Gramercy Park. Similar to the live show, the audience will be able to access 11 different journeys and choose whom to follow, where to go, and how much time to spend in each room. In doubt of what to do just ask "If you were you, how would you be and what would you do?".
Conceived by Andressa Furletti and Debora Balardini and directed by Linda Wise, the show integrates visual arts, film, music & performance art, which embodies the writer’s deepest feelings, serving as an entry point to Clarice's incredible work, still mostly unknown in the US. The performers embody the writer's biggest themes such as identity, solitude, madness, faith, time, violence, maternity, childhood, and freedom accompanied by the awarded violinist Mario Forte.
by Michael Miller
"Given the variety of props, costumes, and deeply gifted actors, the ongoing tedium of life often appears as no more than a tacit given beneath the expressive, often intense gestures and speech of the cast. Upon entering the building, the audience is immediately cast into the role of explorer, perhaps climbing a narrow staircase into the unknown, perhaps walking into a space with an ordinary kitchen on one side and an “antiquish,” mildly exotic sitting area on the other."
by Jose Solís and Diep Tran
"The show takes the author's really revolutionary work and I think it transforms it into also revolutionary theater-making."
"Brazilian literary intelligence Disney Land."
"Linda Wise's direction is spectacular."
"It's very rare for immersive shows to have that level of detail."
"I wish it would run longer than it will."
"We recommend it. If it comes back, get tickets! (...) It is so memorable."
by Kathryn Yu
"And so I find myself deep in the bizarre, wonderful world of Clarice Lispector as brought to life in the production Inside the Wild Heart"
"I was entranced by the aforementioned essay on Sveglia, the description of the shooting death of a thug, and the confessions of a writer who is afraid to write. The actors bounce about bedrooms and living rooms, performing inches away from the audience. The performances are no holds barred and the strength of Lispector’s prose really shines in this setting."
If you were you, how would you be and what would you do?
Getting lost is also a way.
2018 CAST AND CREW
Conceived by ANDRESSA FURLETTI and DEBORA BALARDINI
Directed by LINDA WISE
Produced by GROUP .BR, MONICA VILELA and ROBERTA FERNANDES
Original score by SERGIO KRAKOWSKI
Video design and operation by PAUL LEOPOLD
Light design by CHARLIE JARBOE
Set design and art installations by MONTSERRAT VARGAS and ANDRESSA FURLETTI
Costume design by JUSSARA LEE
Stage manager KRISTIN RION
Director assistant STEPHANIE MACHADO
Production interns FABIA LUCYANA, MITCHELL BUENO and SAMI MUSHI
Marketing IN THE LIGHTS
Public Relations MICHELE TABNICK
ANDRESSA FURLETTI • DEBORA BALARDINI • FABIANA MATTEDI • GIO MIELLE • GONÇALO RUIVO • IBSEN SANTOS • PATRICIA FAOLLI • MIRKO FAIENZA • MONTSERRAT VARGAS
Live music by: MARIO FORTE
BRING INSIDE THE WILD HEART BACK TO NY!
Inside the Wild Heart was a huge success among critics and audience members!
We are looking for sponsors and partners that can allow us to bring this show back LIVE in 2021, the year of Clarice Lispector's centenial. If that is something, someone or an organization you know could do please send us an email at and we can setup a meeting to talk about the benefits of supporting our mission of presenting Brazilian culture in NY trough the performing arts.
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The 2016 production, directed by Regina Miranda, received 4 nominations and one award at the Brazilian International Press Awards 2017.
Awarded Best Actress
Inside the Wild Heart
Nominated Best Theater Production
Nominated Best Actress
Nominated Best Actor
“I don't generally like immersive ambulatory performance works, but I really enjoyed exploring & experiencing ‘Inside the Wild Heart.’” I definitely want to read Lispector sometime at my leisure, but I am very thankful for this imaginative & exciting introduction.”
Mark Savitt, Hi! Drama
"What an extraordinary work it is, What a beautiful production on every level. Thanks to all for your enormous inspiration! It is now an icon in the life of theatre of New York performance history. BRILLIANT ! Performed, directed, acted and written with true genius. My Thanks, to all involved."
Joel Thome - Grammy awarded conductor
"As in Sleep No More or Then She Fell, Inside the Wild Heart had the unmistakable feel of an art installation—the rooms that would engage the viewer even if there were no performers interacting"
Jonathan Mandell - HowlRound
CLARICE LISPECTOR (1920 – 1977) is one of Brazil’s most important literary figures. She, who has been described as the most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka, was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to Brazil as an infant, following the devastation of World War One. Her trademark stream-of-consciousness writing styling is often compared to that of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. Lispector is sadly relatively unknown outside of her Brazil. With the recent translation and publication of her complete short stories and other selected works as well as her biography, by author Benjamin Moser, she is gaining heightened appreciation and acclaim within America’s literary canon. In fact, Lispector’s Complete Stories is recognized in the New York Times list of 2015 notable books, the National Post of Canada’s list of best books of the year, the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2015, and in the list of 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015 by Buzzfeed Books. The underlying thread across Lispector’s work is the questioning of oneself and humanity. Her work is universal, transcending ethnicity, race, religion, time, gender and place. Many people say, and we agree, that you don’t just read Clarice, you experience it. This visceral experience of her work was the inspiration for the conception of the show Inside the Wild Heart.