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Helio Eichbauer

Photograph: Lucas Weglinski.

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1941 - 2018): Scenographer. He is known as one of the main renovators of modern Brazilian theater. Trained in stage architecture in Prague with professor Josef Svoboda, he collaborated with bold ideas for many national productions of great relevance, one of the most important being O Rei da Vela (1967) by Oswald de Andrade. He also accompanied the artistic movements of Carioca modernity such as Antropofagia and Tropicàlia, through the introduction of new ideas in the scenographic area, such as metaphors, free interpretation and the authorial role of scenography in the artistic conception of the show. On the other hand, as a teacher, in the 70s, he coordinated the scenography course at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and he taught at the Escola Martins Penna. In 1975, he was invited by Rubens Gerchman to work at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage where he taught art courses for free at the Espaço Tom Jobim, in the Botanical Garden, aimed at stimulating the participants’ bodily freedom through initiation experiences generated during memorable collective sessions. In the 2000s, he resumed his teaching activity, concomitant with his artistic practice, in open courses in his exhibition "Helio Eichbauer - 40 years of Scenography" at the Centro Cultural dos Correios, at the Poeira Theater, at the EAV, and at the Espaço Tom Jobim at the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro.