In 1986 Iberê Camargo saw a performance of Jean Genet’s The Maids, performed by Ói Nóis Aqui Traveiz at the Teatro Terreira da Tribo in Porto Alegre. The play inspired him to produce a series of gouache works in collaboration with members of the theatre company, who acted as models in his studio.
The French writer, poet and dramatist Jean Genet wrote The Maids in 1947. The play is a key work of the Theatre of the Absurd, a theatrical genre in which the storyline takes unusual directions.
Synopsis of the play: Claire and Solange are sisters living in the house of a Madame. While their mistress is away the maids enter the Madame’s bedroom and use her clothes and accessories to stage a murder, taking turns to act out the parts of Madame and maid.