Brazilian Actor, Playwright and Producer Icaro Eloi

By: Azad Karimi

I am! A guy with something to say, who looks forward to do so, and to listen to what people have to say, so we can talk. I got a feeling that at some point, people stopped communicating, which brings anger, and anger leads us to chaos.

 

Interview

Brazilian Actor, Playwright and Producer Icaro Eloi

By Azad Karimi

 

My speciality would be to keep the wheels rolling...

I extracted the above sentence from Icarus' answers. It was interesting to me : a 27-year-old from Brazil is truly amazing with this high degree of reasoning, logic, ingenuity, honesty and creativity.

 

Honestly, I wanted to write about the history of the Kurds' acquaintance with the British or about the famous director of Kurdistan cinema, Yilmaz Gunay but I saw a word that changed my mind. This phrase was LGBTQI.

 

I did not know what it meant. I had never seen it either. So I googled it. It was very interesting. I found an article about it on Wikipedia that I would like readers to read.

 

LGBT or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.[1] The initialism, as well as some of its common variants, functions as an umbrella term for sexuality and gender identity.[2]

 

It may refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.[3] To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity; LGBTQ has been recorded since 1996.[4][5] Those who add intersex people to LGBT groups or organizing may use the extended initialism LGBTI.[6][7] These two initialisms are sometimes combined to form the terms LGBTIQ [8] or LGBT+ to encompass spectrums of sexuality and gender.[9] Other, less common variants also exist, with some being rather extreme in length, resulting in an initialism over twice as long, which has prompted some criticism.[10][11][12

I found a new word at the beginning of the Wikipedia article: Initialism.

In the definition of this word, Wikipedia says:

 

Acronym: An acronym is a word or name formed from the initial components of a longer name or phrase, usually using individual initial letters, as in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) or EU (European Union), but sometimes using syllables, as in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg), or a mixture of the two, as in radar (RAdio Detection And Ranging). Similarly, acronyms are sometimes pronounced as words, as in NASA or UNESCO, sometimes as the individual letters, as in FBI or ATM, or a mixture of the two, as in JPEG or IUPAC.

The broader sense of acronym inclusive of terms pronounced as the individual letters (such as "TNT") is sometimes criticized, but it is the term's original meaning[1] and is in common use.[2] Language authorities such as dictionary and style guide editors are not in universal agreement on the naming for such abbreviations: in particular it is a matter of some dispute whether the term acronym can be legitimately applied to abbreviations which are not pronounced "as words"; nor do they agree on the correct use of space, case, and punctuation. See the Nomenclature, Lexicography and style guides and Orthographic styling sections below.

When I read an article about LGBTQI, I said to myself, could I publish this article that I want to quote as part of this interview if I were in Iran or another Middle Eastern country? I saw, I cannot because I will know in society as a sexual pervert and I will be prosecuted by the Attorney General. Honestly, this is the first time I have written an article about this because this is a taboo.Fortunately, I live in Europe and Norway and I am free to write this article. Thanks to my dear Icaro. I wish him more success. Dear Icaro, you are a gift from God.God bless you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you!

Vestland-Norway

 

1- Please present yourself: Name, education, Civil status and…

.Hello, Azad! Thank you for having me. My name is Icaro Eloi, an actor, playwright and producer - not necessarily in that order - from Brazil. I'm 27 years old, and I'm from Fortaleza - Ceará! Became an actor after passing through Porto Iracema das Artes, an arts school here in my city. And I'm married to my job!

 

2-What is your artistic speciality?

 .I’m an actor, first. That’s for sure. As other professions, is a non-stop studying/working process in acting as well. And studying, I found myself producing so I could show the plays I wrote around. So is all very intrinsic, acting, writing and producing. My speciality would be to keep the wheels rolling, if I had to point something.

 

3- When and how did you become interested in this field of art?

.Ever since I can remember something in my life, at a very young age I said to my family what I’d like to do when grown. Besides the part that I never grew that much (I’m 163cm), I was in law school before, having a regular job, doing things that couldn’t make me happy, actually was the exact opposite. So in 2017 I started to do theatre classes. It was a rough journey actually.

4- Who was your motivator?

 .I have two mothers, they were the biggest hands I could ever have had.

 5- What was your parent’s reaction?

.When I told them, as a kid, they were very reactive. It was at the beginning of the 2000's, I had 6/7 years old. My mother and father said that was a fag thing to do. Although it was a harsh thing to say to a child, I understood years later that this manly way to live life is something very serious in my country, unfortunately. Which is very hypocrite, since we are the country who consume transgender porn the most, we are still who kill the most LGBTQI+ people. My parents were just repeating a speech they got used to. My mom is a married proud lesbian since 2013, and she also went through a lot to be able to be who she is. I just lost my time in a way, because before I was in theatre, I was already a very proud faggot, thank you very much!

 

6- When did you become such a professional Artist, Theatre Playwright and Actor?

 .Last week a friend asked me “so you really are an actor, right?”, which I respond with “well, I’m not having many complaints”! I don’t know when I became something. Just feels right for me to do what I’m doing, lots of work in process for me to improve and become a better actor, a better writer and a better producer. I keep the hard work going on and have some reasons to believe I’m in the right way.

 7- Are you thankful and happy because of your activities as a Playwright and Actor and Producer?

. I couldn’t be more satisfied. There’s nothing as important as you being an artist and being able to connect to people, share your visions, your opinions, a piece of your mind to a public who isn’t apatic. Who laughs with something you’ve written, who gets what you’re putting together. It’s hard, I’m not gonna lie here. We go through some stuff until the day you can pay your bills with the money you took from your artistic work. I have seen very talented friends stepping out of this game to go chase an opportunity with other jobs - something I have already done a couple of times. And with a person like bolsonaro running the country, things didn’t get any better for culture workers. Culture used to have a Ministry back in Lula and Dilma’s days. Gilberto Gil has been our Minister of Culture, Brazil really had it! Now we’re living a very bad taste joke, with a secretariat ruled by extremists Pentecostals! Not only a delay, but a shame!

 

8-Who is the playwright?

. I am! A guy with something to say, who looks forward to do so, and to listen to what people have to say, so we can talk. I got a feeling that at some point, people stopped communicating, which brings anger, and anger leads us to chaos.

9-What is the Theatre logic?

. What is the connection between Theatre and culture? We have beautiful traditions around the world. I’ve never seen a live presentation of Kabuki Theatre! Something that says so much about Japanese culture and people. I can’t really say what’s the Theatre logic because I have my own view of the world, and it keeps on changing. The only thing I know is that the Theatre is bigger than we are. Was here before, will be after us, helping to know our history, understanding our society, as Shakespeare helps us understand Elizabeth I reign, as Augusto Boal helps us understand the bases of oppression in Brazil and other countries he had been with his Theatre of the Oppressed, and so on.

10- How do you see the view about art, culture, Theatre?

.Urgent, Culture, music, theatre, movies, visual arts, cooking, drag, fashion… As Madonna said: Express yourself! Might save your life. In churches they do something like it but most of them use guiltiness. In art we don’t. In art we trust.

11- Can you become one part of the cultural movement for motivation in youth or new generations in your country and so on?

.That’s part of the work, you know… If you lock what you know to yourself, you haven’t learned a single thing at all. 12- How can you help our world become a better place to live? Listening to people, I believe. Communicating, as I said before. If we talked more, if we were more receptive, less judgemental, we’d live in a whole different world. 13- Have you more words to say or suggest for our readers? Just talk to people, support the arts and the artists around the world, the way you can. The smallest especially. This avoids people adoring bolsonaros and trumps in our ways. And we are going through really hard times, but things will get better! Of course, take extremists off of your journey and you’ll be safe.