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Last updated : 12/09/2016
Luanda Casella is a Brazilian writer and storyteller, living and working in Belgium since 2006. Her research focuses on the ways individuals relate to narratives in order to create a sense of identity, to form their opinion of the world, and ultimately to protect themselves. As a writer she's interested in magic realism and in all forms of prose where fictional elements are incorporated in the narratives with the same relevance as real facts — strongly believing that fantastic attributes given to characters and settings give us the freedom we need to address the often phantasmagoric social realities of our history.
Luanda graduated in Communication in Performing Arts (PUC, São Paulo) and followed the post-master program at a.pt/a.pass (Brussels), where she did a research on evasive narratives. She has written and developed several monologues and jazz-storytelling performances, which were shown in venues such as De Singel, Kortrijkse Schouwburg, De Werf, Beursschouwburg, Arenbergschouwburg, Het Depot, Campo, FLAM Amsterdam, amongst others. As front woman of the Dutch jazz band Electric Barbarian, she toured internationally performing at Cité de la Musique (Paris/FR), Saalfelden International Jazz Festival (Saalfelden /AT), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen/NL), Yugong Yishang (Beijing/CN), Penang International Jazz Festival (Penang Island/MY), Mostra Sesc (São Paulo/BR), Jazz in 't Park (Gent/BE)...
In 2011, Luanda has received an Artist’s Development Fund from the Flemish Ministry of Culture for a sound research focusing on the use of a voice effects processor and loop station and the integration of these apparatus in surround sound systems. In 2011/ 2012, she has created and hosted the series “Spoken Thing”, produced by Jazz Theatre Silence Fini, in co-production with Kunstencentrum De Werf, which was supported by the Flemish Ministry of Culture, the City of Ghent and the Province of East-Flanders for two seasons. At the end of 2012, Luanda was a guest artist for the series “A Nu Thing”, at Kunstencentrum De Werf, in which she developed three storytelling performances in collaboration with jazz musicians of their label – Christian Mendoza; DJ Grazzhoppa & Lode Vercampt; Fulco Ottervanger & Simon Segers.
Her last monologue “First is the Worst” (2014), with dramaturgy of Peter Stamer and support of Workspace Brussels, was part of Passaporta Festival at Anciènne Belgique.
At the moment Luanda's developing “Short of Lying” with support of Workspace Brussels and WP Zimmer within the cadre of a Master project at KASK, and doing research for Belgian filmmaker Johan Grimonprez.