Who was Hilda Hilst?
Hilda Hilst (Jaú, April 21st, 1930 — Campinas, February 4th, 2004) was a Brazilian novelist, chronicler, playwright and poet, considered by the specialized critics as one of the biggest Portuguese language writers of the 20th century, who reported the fragile and surprising human condition in her work, merging sacred and profane, real and imaginary.
In 1965 she moved to Campinas, starting up a type of creative haven, which she called CASA DO SOL (‘Sun’s house’ in Portuguese). There, Hilda dedicated herself exclusively to her literary work, producing more than 80% of her work. Nowadays, Casa do Sol is known for hosting an archive of her memory as well as the the Hilda Hilst Institute.
She was honoured as an author at FLIP 2018 (International Literary Festival of Paraty, Rio de Janeiro) and was granted awards such as Jabuti, APCA (Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Artes – Art Critics Association of São Paulo State), Pen Clube São Paulo and Cassiano Ricardo. Her work has been translated to English, French, Spanish, Basque, German, Italian, Norwegian and Japanese, and she is considered to be one of the biggest Brazilian female authors of the 20th Century.
“…the strength of the words uttered by the vigorous interpretation of the three actresses hits us as if we were still leaves that had been shaken by gale.” (Ednaldo Freire)
“The powerful dramaturgical transcreation (…) not only maintains the hybrid nature of Hilda Hilst’s tale – in which the dramatic, narrative and lyrical aspects blend – as it also, still, conserves all the intensity of its writing, acquiring precious nuances throughout the game between poetry and the bodies that transit through the male and female energies, the human and the animal, the profane and the divine.” (Nina Caetano)
“Very successful show. The Direction is remarkable for its drama design and actresses managing. Good interpretations, good body mastering. A serious work, which is always a pleasure to watch.” (Roberto Lage)