Ana Barroso and Monica Biel have been working together since 1989. Over the years they have developed a particular performance style. They make use of a variety of resources such as masks, puppets, costumes and accessories, music and most importantly, an open and playful participation of their young audience. Ana and Monica’s performances combine the telling of a tale with the showing of the circumstances of the performance itself, allowingan unpretentious look at fairy tale suggesting new views and bringing then closer to the audience. Their shows have been received with critical acclaim and have won various prizes and nominations. These shows form part of the pair’s repertoire which they perform frequently.


The Story of Topetudo

Two clowns, Lasagna and Ravioli, go to the theatre and when they read the program they realize that they are the ones putting on the show. They put on a play of the Story of Topetudo, a loose adaptation of the story by Charles Perrault, in which an ugly, intelligent prince falls in love with a beautiful and dumb princess. Although the story is set in a long ago and far away kingdom, the children in the audience are presented with timeless questions: What is beauty? What is ugly? What makes someone beautiful? What makes someone ugly?

“ The Story of Topetudo fascinates and educates children and is also a moment of great pleasure for the adults who watch it .”
Maria Clara Machado

Text: Ana Barroso, Monica Biel e Thereza Falcão
Direction: Thereza Falcão
Costumes: Bia Salgado
Music: Newton Cardoso
Lighting Design: Dimitri Martinovich
Puppets: Alexandre Pring e Beatriz Vidal
Masks: Luciana Maia
Sets and Accessories: Ana Barroso e Monica Biel
Visual Design: Barrão
Photos: Chico Lima



The Story of Catherine

Lasagna and Ravioli are packing up their things to go on tour after a performance season. As they are leaving the theater they realize that there is an audience waiting for them to perform a piece called The Story of Catherine. They begin to improvise and put on a show loosely based on The Story of Califa-Cegonha , by Wilhelm Hauff. The piece looks at the pursuit of and encounter with newness, childhood curiousity, and the need for and consequences of risk.

“Moacir Chaves’ direction invests in the theatrical game with success. The invitation to the game is irresistable.”
Lúcia Cerrone – Jornal do Brasil

Text: Ana Barroso, Monica Biel e Thereza Falcão
Direction: Moacir Chaves
Costumes: Bia Salgado
Sets: Lídia Kosowski
Music: Newton Cardoso
Lighting Design: Aurélio de Simoni
Puppets, Masks and Accessories: Luciana Maia
Visual Design: Monica Biel
Photos: Chico Lima



Lasagna and Ravioli at Home

Lasagna and Ravioli start to rehearse their new show. Of all the stories they know, they choose Little Red Riding Hood, the well-known folk tale by Charles Perrault. The piece illustrates the process of creating a show -- the dedication and joy, the freedom of thought and its results -- while remaining true to the original plot.

“This delicious version of "Little Red Riding Hood" proves to be up to the standard of the celebrations of a decade of a fertile and amusing theatrical partnership.”
Mànya Millen – Jornal O Globo

Text: Ana Barroso, Monica Biel e Thereza Falcão
Direction: Moacir Chaves
Costumes: Bia Salgado
Music: Newton Cardoso
Lighting Design: Aurélio de Simoni
Puppets and Masks: Luciana Maia
Sets and Accessories: Ana Barroso e Monica Biel
Visual Design: Berman Studio
Photos: Chico Lima



Lasagna and Ravioli’s Opening Night

In this piece the story of Cinderella is told from the point of view of the clowns Lasagna and Ravioli as they prepare for opening night. This well-known story is enacted while exploring the world of theater and what it involves: sets, costumes, lights, sound, the relationship with the audience, opening night jitters, the tumult in the wings, the pleasure of acting and all the cooperation necessary to make it all happen.

“Besides your imagination and fantasies, this spectacle offers to its public a great initiation into the spiritual world of theatre and its backstage secrets. In this regard, the final scene deserves two thumbs up!”
Cloutier, Anne-Marie - La Presse

Text: Monica Biel
Direction:
Ana Barroso e Monica Biel
Music: Alexandre Negreiros
Lighting Design: Aurélio de Simoni
Masks: Luciana Maia
Puppets: Eduardo Andrade
Costumes, Sets and Accessories: Ana Barroso e Monica Biel
Visual Design: Joana Bielschowsky
Photos: Ana Luisa Cardoso


Puss in Boots or Lasagna and Ravioli on the Road

Lasagna and Ravioli put on Puss in Boots intertwined with the theme of a theater piece on tour. The story of Puss in Boots is told concurrently with the story of a show on the road, building sets, organizing costumes and props, the activity backstage and in the ticket office and finally, the commotion and mishaps, the problems, solutions and pleasures of a pair of clowns working with their partners on the stage.

“Ana barroso and Monica Biel develop with great talent their two clowns , strong , funny ,free , dominating and conducting the action in an absolutely pleasant way .”
Carlos Augusto Nazareth – Jornal do Brasil

Text: Monica Biel
Direction: Ana Barroso e Monica Biel
Music: Carlos Cardoso
Lighting Design: Aurélio de Simoni
Masks and Painting: Luciana Maia
Puppets: Eduardo Andrade
Costumes, Sets and Accessories: Ana Barroso e Monica Biel
Visual Design: Joana Bielschowsky
Photos: Ana Luisa Cardoso


The Sleeping Beauty according to Lasanha and Ravioli

  Lasagna and Ravioli are invited to perform the play "The Sleeping Beauty" at a Theater Festival. Only after they happily accept the invitation do they realize that they don't have the story in their repertoir.  They then decide to stage it anyway with the resources they already have. The audience will follow the entire creation process in which the two clowns develop their own view of the famous Charles Perrault's tale.  Full of freedom and wit, Lasanha and Ravioli have fun creating elements such as characters and circumstances, and improvising costumes and sets.

"The performance keeps up with the quality and humour of the already-known-work of these two actresses and reachs a vast age range. (...) children of all ages and even grown-ups have fun with 'Spleeping Beauty' according to Lazanha and Ravioli".

"The performance keeps up with the quality and humour of the already-known-work of these two actresses and reachs a vast age range. (...) children of all ages and even grown-ups have fun with 'Spleeping Beauty' according to Lazanha and Ravioli".
Carlos Augusto Nazareth – CEPETIN

Text: Monica Biel
Direction: Ana Barroso e Monica Biel
Music: Newton Cardoso
Lighting Design: Aurélio de Simoni
Masks: Luciana Maia
Puppets: Maria Rêgo Barros
Costumes, Sets and Accessories: Ana Barroso e Monica Biel
Visual Design: Joana Bielschowsky
Photos: Guga Melgar