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Performance by Luísa Saraiva

Tirana : a kind of fandango: old Spanish folk song with moderate movement and syncopated rhythm in triple time, beginning with the words ¡Ay, tirana, tirana! begins: ungrateful, deceitful or wicked woman: cruel woman

A search for the in-between: "Tirana" explores the spaces between breath, sound, song and the concept of a breathing empathy.

The immersive sound choreography by Luísa Saraiva celebrates its German premiere in mid-July as part of the "Breathing Rivers" festival at Radialsystem.

The main instruments of the choreography are the female voice, its pitch and volume, and the respiratory system.

Alternating between sculptural, minimalist and explosive movements, the performers create different soundscapes. "Tirana" is inspired by Portuguese folk songs and the genre of polyphonic women's songs that were traditionally sung loudly and expansively while working in the fields or washing in the river and addressing themes such as 'women's work', motherhood and violence.

The sound artist Inês Tartaruga Água created an instrument for the choreography that takes into account the haptic nature of the sound and the relationship between different resonating bodies in the room.

Breathing Rivers Festival

Located on the Spree, the Radialsystem was originally one of Berlin's first pumping stations and in the late 19th century it channeled the sewage from the rapidly growing city. As part of the "Breathing Rivers" summer festival, today's radial system will be examined from 20.-23. July 2023 our relationship with nature and water with works by the choreographers Amanda Piña, Lina Gómez and Luísa Saraiva.

The "Breathing Rivers" festival opens up spaces of experience in which we can collectively remember a connection between all living things that has been disrupted by the thinking and actions of European modernity. Fractures between man and nature, body and mind, or also dividing categorizations such as gender and race - fractures against the background of which violence and exploitation are justified. The return to the inseparable connection of human beings in a larger context begins here with the body as a place of experience. Instead of the idea of universal knowledge, "Breathing Rivers" proposes a multitude of possibilities for knowledge production that arises with and from the reality of differently situated bodies.

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Additional information
A production of Crybaby GbR and Associação Calote Esférica. Co-produced by Teatro do Bairro Alto, Fundação de Serralves and Museum Folkwang. Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative. Assistance Programme for Dance. Supported by Kunststiftung NRW, República Portuguesa - Cultura/Direcção-Geral das Artes and Kulturamt der Stadt Essen. With the support of CAMPUS Paulo Cunha e Silva.

„Breathing Rivers“ is an event of the Radialsystem, funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Community.

Media partnerships: taz. die tageszeitung, tip Berlin, Exberliner and Rausgegangen.

→ The complete programme of „Breathing Rivers“ Festival
Participating artists
Luísa Saraiva (Choreografie und Künstlerische Leitung)
Inês Tartaruga Água (Soundinstallation und Instrumente)
Alina Folini (für Alice Heyward), Fabíola Augusta, Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Luísa Saraiva (Performance)
Francisco Antão (Outside Ear und Dramaturgische Unterstützung)
Alice Heyward, Luísa Saraiva, Julius Gabriel (Recherche)
Isabelle Lange (Kostüm)
Thaís Nepomuceno (Lichtdesign)
Sudeep Kumar Puthyaparambath (Recherche und Atemtraining)
Fabíola Augusta (Vocal Coach)
Apricot Productions (DE), Joana Silva (PT) (Produktionsleitung)
Grupo de Folclore Terras de Arões, Grupo de Cantares do Paúl, Arnaldo Saraiva, Niklaus Bein, Alex Sandro Malheiro (Dank an)