Misanthrofreak is a multimedia and performative play by Grupo Desvio, which deals with themes of failure, error, and the struggle of making decisions, in a poetic and pathetic way. A solo act in which director and actor Rodrigo Fischer transitions between the theatrical and cinematographic space through his interaction with technology that allows him to control lights, sound, camera, and projection.
In spite of the complexities of conceptualizing the show, its set up is effortless. All the set up and execution was created with the goal of optimizing time and financial resources: pre-programmed projections; lighting, sound, and projections controlled by the actor in scene through remote controls and movement sensors; only a two person’s technical crew; and a minimalistic set-design composed of small objects and furniture located within the stage.
Misanthrofreak was born from ideas conceived by actor/director Rodrigo Fischer during his residency in New York’s HERE space while working on research for his doctoral thesis. This residency resulted in the first version of the play entitled Freak Rehearsal, which led to an invite to continue the work with a new residency and a new version was released on December of 2013 at the 3 Legged Dog in NYC. In 2014 Misanthrofreak awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in Brazil and it had the opportunity to tour in more 7 countries around the world: Spain, France, Germany, Estonia, Georgia, Belarus and Tunis.
Director, actor, sound, and light: Rodrigo Fischer
Assistant Director: Moema Umann
Video designer: Brent Felker e Fernando Gutiérrez
Costume: Diana Diniz
Video makers: Peter Azen e Juliano Chiquetto
Production: Grupo Desvio
Photos by Humberto Araújo and Diego Bresani