Matteo Bonfitto is a performer, a theatre director and a researcher. He trained at EAD – Drama School - Sao Paulo State University, and took his degree at Bologna University, Italy (DAMS). He did his Masters at Sao Paulo State University and received his Ph.D. from Royal Holloway University of London – England, developing a research on acting processes in Peter Brook’s theatre. Besides his work as a performer, presented in different countries such as England, France, Italy, Brazil and The United States, he works as a Professor at the State University of Campinas. He published many articles on the work of the actor-performer as well as two books: “The Actor as a Composer” (2002) and “The Kinetics of the Invisible” (2009). In 2010, he was invited to develop a research at The Graduate Center – CUNY, in New York City. He is the artitic director of PERFORMA.
Many experiences contributed significantly to the develpment of his work as a performer as well as a theatre director. Among them it is important to refer to the encounters with some artists, such as: Luiz Damasceno, Janô, Celso Frateschi, Enrico Masseroli, Judith Malina, Josef Svoboda, Onoe Ozomu, John Kalamandalam, Beth Lopes, Yedda Chaves, Gennadi Bogdanov, Yoshi Oida, Tapa Sudana, Sotigui Kouyaté, Gisela Dória, J.Ed Araiza, Tom Nelis, Barney O’Hanlon, Leon Ingulsrud, Stephen Webber, Akiko Aizawa, Ellen Fisher, Tom Bogdan, e Lenny Harrison.
Some of the theatre productions and performances he took part either as a performer or as a director are referred to below:
UM HOMEM É UM HOMEM, (MAN EQUALS MAN) by Bertolt Brecht. Directed by Celso Frateschi, character: Galy Gay
TUSP – Sao Paulo State University Theatre
TRAVESTIMENTI (TRANSVESTISMS) Directed by Sergio Solazzo. Improvisational performance based on writings by R.W.Fassbinder
ROMANTIK Based on Sturm und Drang, by Maximilian Klinger. Translated by Alexandre Krug; Directed by Matteo Bonfitto. EAD drama School.
TUSP – Sao Paulo State University Theatre.
O BALCÃO (THE BALCONY), by Jean Genet Directed by Marcelo Fonseca, character: General
TBC – Teatro Brasileiro de Comédia – Sao Paulo.
LUZES DA BOEMIA, by Ramon del Valle-Inclan. Directed by William Pereira, characters: Minister, Clarinito and Prisioner
João Caetano Theatre - Sao Paulo.
A FLOR E O CONCRETO (THE FLOWER AND THE CONCRETE) Directed by Stephan Stroux.
CCSP – Centro Cultural Sao Paulo – Sala Jardel Filho.
(A)TENTADOS (ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE), by Martin Crimp. Directed by Beth Lopes.
TUSP - State University of Sao Paulo Theatre
THE ARTIST IS PRESENT - Took part in this performance by Marina Abramović
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art – New York City