Solas - Scenic Dissasembly

How to compose a dramaturgy from testimony? Which body represents each character? What scenic form can give shape to this narrative? How to be honest and add a poetic layer to this story?

Opening a process reveals ways of creating, questioning oneself about the world and the constant search for the right measure between the scene and the idea that precedes it. In our performance Solas – Scenic Disassembly the theatre directress Fernanda Areias and the actress Eliane Umuhire, based on the technique Scenic Disassembly developed by the mexican researcher Ileana Diéguez, to show the grooves in the creation process of the documentary play Solas.

The original play is based on testimonies of women who migrated alone to France, through interviews conducted by Fernanda Areias. In this version presented for Diskursfestival we open our scenic box and expose our drafts of this performance in creation.

About the artists

Fernanda Areias de Oliveira & Eliane Umuhire

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Fernanda Areias has transited by several cities in Brazil, as well as Canada and France, where she has worked as a researcher and artist. She is currently a theater professor at the Federal University of Maranhão (Brazil) supervising practical works of master’s degree and undergraduate studies in theater. She has been a theatrical directress for ten years in the Brazilian Amazon as the coordinator of Núcleo Rascunho, in the following works: Siameses (2012); Elefantes (2014); DDD (2015-2019); Memórias em Tempo de Espera (in process). Currently in France, she is a research associate at Laboratoire Passage XX-XXI at Lyon II University, and Artistic Directress of Cie Cops Indociles, with the performances Comme un million de papillons noirs (in process); Solas (in process). She is interested in researching creation processes that involve the scene and new technologies. She created the MAPA project, a platform for mapping and encouraging artistic projects run by women from the Brazilian Amazon.
Post-doctorate in Theater (ENSATT – École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théatre – Lyon/FR); Doctorate in Informatics in Education (UFRGS-Brazil), Master in Education, Art and History of Culture (MACKENZIE-Brazil); Bachelor in Performing Arts – Theatrical Direction from UFRJ (Brazil) and French State Diploma in Theater Teacher (La Comédie de Saint-Étienne)


Eliane Umuhire is a Rwandan actress based in France. She recently joined the 2021 edition of Berlinale Talents. Selected from over 3000 applicants from 123 countries, Eliane is best known for her starring role in the polish drama Birds are singing in Kigali(Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali) by Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze, for which she won several Best Actress Awards in international film festivals such as Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Gdynia Polish Film Festival, Let’sCEE international film festival and the New York Polish film festival.

Her recent work include lead role in the award winning hollywood indie drama „Trees of peace“ and second lead role in the sci-fi musical „Neptune Frost“ directed by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, it premiered at the Cannes Directors Fort night. In 2020, she was selected to be part of the Chicago International Film Festival’s jury in the main competition. She is currently in the development of a woman show titled „Solas“ under the direction and conception of the Brazilian theatre director and research Fernanda Aerais.