Luísa Saraiva


Tirana is an immersive sound choreography that explores singing physicalities, the air in a body and the limits of the female voice, both in pitch and volume.

The work addresses gender issues through the production and interpretation of sound. Inspiration is gathered from Portuguese folk songs and female polyphonic repertoire, which are traditionally sung in a loud and expansive manner and address themes of female labour, motherhood and violence.

Sound artist, Inês Tartaruga Água, created a new instrument especially for this piece. By sculpting movement and sound landscapes, the spaces in between are investigated, from breath to song.

For the visitor, this performance is a very physical experience.


Choreography, Artistic Direction Luísa Saraiva | Instruments Inês Tartaruga Água | Performance by and with Alice Heyward, Fabíola Augusta, Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Luísa Saraiva | Outside ear & Dramaturgic support Francisco Antão | Research Alice Heyward, Luísa Saraiva, Julius Gabriel | Costumes Isabelle Lange | Light design Thaís Nepomuceno | Research and breath training Sudeep Kumar Puthyaparambath | Vocal coach Fabíola Augusta | Production management Apricot Productions (DE); Joana Sillva (PT) | Acknowledgements Grupo de Folclore Terras de Arões, Grupo de Cantares do Paúl, Arnaldo Saraiva, Niklaus Bein, Alex Sandro Malheiro | A production from Crybaby GbR and Associação Calote Esférica | Co-produced by Teatro do Bairro Alto, Museu de Serralves and Museum Folkwang | Financed by Nationales Performance Netz Stepping Out funded by the Minister of State for Culture and Media under the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative, Assistance Program for Dance, Kunststiftung NRW, República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes and Kulturamt der Stadt Essen | With the support of CAMPUS Paulo Cunha e Silva.
Thu 16 Nov 2023 20:30 - 21:45
Fri 17 Nov 2023 21:00 - 22:15


STUK Labozaal


Basis €14
Reductie €10