After a series of residencies where we were able to develop and test different iterations, the first presentation of the finished work happened in the city of Porto, in the central square of Praça D. João I.
The design was a combination of distant universes: two different cities: Rio de Janeiro and Porto, two different disciplines: architecture and choreography, two different time-frames: fragile temporary objects occupying an historic site. And finally two different persons collaborating and dialoguing with each other: Gustavo Ciríaco and myself.
The end result is a series of devices that we can call urban scenography, a scenography thought for the visitors and the city to become performers. In this way, each object becomes a mediator, suggesting an exploration of movements and directions while creating spatial relations within the overall site. Located in a vibrant public square, the objects quickly became contaminated by the city life and city people, creating all kinds of unexpected juxtapositions and interactions.
Gustavo Ciríaco and João Saldanha
Project development and design:
João Gonçalo Lopes and Gustavo Ciríaco
Constructive design and coordination:
João Gonçalo Lopes and Patrick Hubmann
Building and assembly team:
Kerstin Reyer, Pedro Costa, Sophie Netzer, Ruben Meireles, Milla Hubmann e Emm Hubmann
Festival Dias da Dança
João Peixoto, João Gonçalo Lopes, Gustavo Ciríaco