A company that combines circus and theater Gravitá blends body games, comedy and acrobatics in ‘Under the Same Roof’

“He who does not have a dog hunts with a cat,” says the old folk saying. And who suffers from loneliness, how is it treated? For acrobats Alessandro Coelho and Deborah Ishikawa, founders of award-winning Cia. Gravitá, the answer is the same as in the proverb: with a cat. In fact, the relationship between a lonely teacher and a stray cat takes on features of the circus and theater throughout the show under the same roof. The production will be shown on Saturday (21/5), at 7 pm, at the Casarao do Barao Cultural Center, in Campinas (SP). With free admission (tickets will be distributed 1 hour before the show), the presentation will contain an audio description.

Alessandro Coelho and Deborah Ishikawa (Photo: Edgar Ishikawa)

Considered ProAC (São Paulo State Cultural Action Program), based on the public notice of Spectacle circulation for children and youth, a season has passed under the same roof in five cities in the state. In addition to Campinas, Garca, Moji das Cruzes, Marilia and Bauru hosted the show during the month of May.

Under the direction of Michelli Rebullo, of Cia. Acrobatic dialogues, the show uses the languages ​​of circus and theater to tell this simple story, also based on encounters. “The circus is very crowded. It always brought him theatre, music and dance. It is a place of symbiosis,” highlights the director. During the creation process, Micheli says he sought to reinforce, in each scene, the different variations of acrobatics on the ground, which is the company’s strong point.

What can the audience expect from this circus language? Acrobatic Alessandro Coelho, the professor’s translator full of quirks, responds in one breath: physical, comedic and acrobatic games. “The show contains both single and twosome acrobatics. In double acrobatics, we use a circus technique called ‘hand to hand.’ Thus, we have static and dynamic acrobatic elements, which blend into the theatrical story plot,” he says.

With the passing of an hour, the montage, with the free rating, leads the viewer to a rediscovery, which seems to have been well forgotten in present times: the extent to which relationships, both with animals and with people, can transform man for the better. Under the same roof, in particular, the transformation takes place from the confrontation between a methodical man and a pet rescued from the streets.

“Our everyday relationship makes us see pets as people. They have desires and quirks and they connect with us. And acrobatics specifically symbolize the harmony of these relationships. I love them, I support adoption and I cherish the respect of all life and I believe these things permeate our creativity. After all, they teach us a language Another love,” says stuntman Deborah Ishikawa, the cat’s translator.

Incidentally, the cat in the scene was inspired by real-life cats: Susie, who has followed much of the stuntman’s life. “She was brave, fearless the dogs of the neighborhood far away, she was a wonderful hunter, but at the same time very affectionate. I am so grateful for what she taught me,” she recalls. To bring gestures into the scene, the acrobat used bodily imitation (theatrical representation of daily movements based on observation), seeking, as far as possible, to humanize cat behaviors. “Our goal has always been to bring subtle cues, without literally presenting a cat, given the humanistic view of our pets that coexistence brings us,” he asserts.

Under the same roof no words. It’s all gestural. That is why, as Alessandro Coelho explains, the unpublished soundtrack, signed by Fred Fonseca, is instrumental in the guidance; It takes the viewer in between the verbs and the many meows. “If we understand that the scenography, the costumes, the lighting and of course the acrobatics are the body of this show, the soundtrack is the soul of that body. It is the one that leads the characters and the audience through the scenes,” highlights the acrobat.

Finally, those watching the show, regardless of age, were moved by the meow of friendship. He is eager to search for new and old cohabitation relationships. On the other hand, the acrobats are full of hope. “We will only have good coexistence when we can find harmony among all involved. At this point, conflicts cease and coexistence becomes the sum of possibilities,” they conclude.


A teacher too busy with his routine and quirks, modestly finds companionship in running over a cat. He saves her from the streets, she saves him from loneliness. Under the same roof was a display of the CIA. Gravitá, with Deborah Ishikawa and Alessandro Coelho, directed by Michelle Rebollo, of the CIA. Acrobatic dialogues.

From physical, comedic, and acrobatic games, the characters meet and create a bond of friendship that changes the way they both see life.

The company Gravita

Alessandro Coelho and Débora Ishikawa have been working together since 2009 as a hand in hand duo in several companies, such as Noite da Rose and Cia. Acrobatic Dialogues, Los Circo Los, Troupe Guezá and Colectivo Lateral.

In 2017, they founded Companhia Gravitá with the aim of researching the circus and its linguistic interference. Since then, they have already received the ProAC Award, from the State Government of São Paulo, in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

They have also participated in important events, such as the SESC International Circus Festival (SP), Paulista Circus Festival (SP), Brazilian Circus Festival (PE), Ceará International Circus Festival (CE), SESC de Culturas Cariri (CE), and Social Circus Festival in Toledo (PA), Circus Festival in Campo Morao (PA), Festival Intercâmbio de Linguagens (RJ) and Street Art Festival in Arauca (Portugal).

They were awarded at the 2nd International Circus Festival, where they are distinguished by their high technical level along with the poeticity of gestures.

data sheet

Acrobatics: Alessandro Coelho and Deborah Ishikawa

Directed by: Michelle Rebolo

Body Preparation: Kelly Shiretti

Fashion: Helen Quentans

Soundtrack: Fred Fonseca

Scenography: Rafael de Castro

Lighting: Francisco Barjanian

Sound Process: Daniel Salvi

Audio Description: Bell Machado

Produced by: Juliana Canetto

Graphic Design: Ottavio Fantenato

Press Office: Thiago Gonçalves

Communications and Digital Marketing: Miguel von Zubin

under one roof, from company. Gravita
when: Saturday (21/5) at 7 pm
where: Casarao do Barao Cultural Center (Rua Maria Ribeiro Sampaio Reginato, s/n, Barão Geraldo, in Campinas/SP)
What is the price: Free entry (tickets will be distributed one hour before the show)

Accessibility: The presentation will appear sound description.
Information: Tweet embed
classification: free

Period: 60 minutes

(Campinas letter with disclosure information)

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