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
Inês Tartaruga Água
Performance by and with
Alice Heyward, Fabíola Augusta, Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Luísa Saraiva
Outside ear & Dramaturgic support
Francisco Antão
Alice Heyward, Luísa Saraiva, Julius Gabriel
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)
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
  • 20:30 - 21:45
  • Fri 17 Nov
  • 21:00 - 22:15


STUK Labozaal


Basis €14
Reductie €10