In yet another nomination for top-level positions in the cultural area in the city of São Paulo, playwright, theater director and clown Hugo Possolo, one of the founders of Grupo Parlapatões, will assume the artistic direction of Theatro Municipal. Possolo accepted the invitation of the new Secretary of Culture, Alê Youssef, called by Mayor Bruno Covas (PSDB) to replace André Sturm in office.
The new team formed by Youssef also includes journalist Josélia Aguiar in charge of the Mário de Andrade Library, filmmaker Laís Bodanzky at Spcine, journalist and fashion consultant Erika Palomino at Centro Cultural São Paulo, actor and director Pedro Granato in coordination theaters and cultural centers of the Secretariat of Culture and rapper Xis as an advisor in the area of hip-hop.
In a note sent to the press, the Municipal Secretary of Culture said that “the choice of Possolo reflects an effort to reconnect with the multicultural and popular characteristic of the Theater, represented by the Modern Art Week of 1922. The first action of the new director will be to occupy the days and vacant spaces of the Municipal Theater, without prejudice to the established schedule of the artistic bodies, for the development of the New Modernists project”. Possolo will also direct an occupation at Praça das Artes, which will begin on March 23.
In his social networks, the playwright wrote: “It is with great enthusiasm that I accepted the invitation (…). Thank you for your trust, aware of the enormous symbolic value of this cultural space and the immense responsibility it means. In addition to being one of the most important in the country, the Municipal is home to stable bodies that strive for artistic excellence, which makes São Paulo people proud. In addition to Praça das Artes, which will have a new program to expand its vocation of dialogue with the center, I have the task of stimulating and disseminating the most varied forms of artistic expression that represent the multiculturalism that makes the face of São Paulo”.