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Rose rises from her tomb. From the dead, from the past. She alerts for an imminent war, for the extreme necessity of transformation of a woman’s soul, a woman who has stopped feeling. She has the key to the mind of Eva, our heroine, and her many facets that battle throughout the play.

The audience is taken into an adventure through imagination, fantasy, mystery, laughter and tears. The hardest journey of them all: from the mind to the bottom of the heart.

"A heartfelt and very physical piece of theatre (...) Impressive in its realisation” Broadway World

Based on a true episode of a “mental breakdown”, occurred during the impeachment process of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, in 2016, „The Journey of a Warlike Mind“ deals with the inherent tension in the relationships between all the voices that live inside our minds, and establishes an up-to-date discussion on gender on a deep and intimate level. Eva has been silent for too long and needs to seek her essential voice.

Drawing from the roots of theatre and using the simplest and most accessible ingredient for healing – stories, „The Journey of a Warlike Mind“ explores the ugliness of traumas in contraposition to the beauty of transformation. The play is inspired by the book “Woman who run with the Wolves”, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and by Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797), a British writer and philosopher, considered the mother of modern feminism.

“Ulsig’s flare for comedy and her skill with multi-rolling is given its deserving spotlight.” Within Her Words

The universe of this unique piece is embedded with elements of African music and dance, modern and electronic music, allied with a detailed character composition and an original dramaturgy grown from poems, paintings, tales and dramatic scenes.

„The Journey of a Warlike Mind“ is, above all, about change, transformation and transcendental hope. A tragicomic and bittersweet tale about rediscovering the roles that women play in their lives and breaking patterns that have been so rigidly built within people.
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Participating artists
Ana Luiza Ulsig
Mariana Santos Silva
Gabriel Gawin
Olavo Cavalheiro
Joseph Dunne-Howrie
Camila Boer
Sofie Ulsig
Radoslav Nedyalkov
Joana Marinho
Camila Crus
Mariana Millecco
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance