Première> 12 April 2014, Igreja de Santa Clara, Porto

“An object becomes “itself” (that is, the carrier of value) in so far as it participates in a “symbol”; an act acquires meaning in so far as it repeats an archetype.”
Mircea Eliade

“The coming of the microphone was gradually discovered to be incompatible with the use of Latin which is a corporate, low-definition form of mutterings in its ritual use.”
– Marshall McLuhan

“If you throw information at a black hole, just before it is swallowed, the black hole first makes a copy that is left outside.”
Chris Adami


New sonic and scenic piece constructed from the archetypes present in the structure of a Via Sacra to be premiered at the Igreja de Santa Clara, the former church of the women’s convent constructed in 1457 in Porto. The Via Sacrum is here treated as a temporal and organizational structure, serving as a policy for the reenactment of the invisible, the nigredo present in the sacrifice, in a human collective action and celebration that accompanies the notions of violence, mesmeric fluids and autopoiesis as means for the mediations between flesh and spirit.
A vibrational construction of Sound, Gesture, Light and Voice.

Artistic team

Direction Jonathan Saldanha
Dramaturgy Jonathan Saldanha, Júlio Mendes Rodrigo
Staging Jonathan Saldanha, Catarina Miranda

Musicians Angélica Salvi, Brendan Hemsworth, João Pais Filipe, Rui Leal
Performers Ana Renata Polónia, Ana Sofia Albuquerque, Antje Schmidt, Catarina Miranda, Carlos Correia, Ece Canli, Filipe Silva, Igor Bisser, João Carrapa, João Guimarães, Margarida Dias, Mónica Amado, Natércia Vaz Marques, Nuno Marques Pinto, Rafael Cortês, Sara Pereira, Sérgio Carvalho
Choir Outra Voz
Rehearsals Catarina Miranda
Light Rui Simão
Poster Dayana Lucas & Jonathan Saldanha

Thanks to Padre João Carrapa, Yolanda Espiña (Universidade Católica Porto), Paula Menino Homem (Faculdade Letras UP), António Pedro Oliveira de Carvalho (Faculdade Engenharia UP), Guilherme Caldas, Teixeira do Lenho, Alice Semedo (Faculdade Letras UP), Diogo Tudela, Francisco Queimadela, Celso do Alvo Ferreira, André Cepeda, José Guedes Rodrigues, ARARA.
Film André Cepeda, Tiago Afonso, Frederico Lobo.

Production SOOPA, Outra Voz, Igreja Santa Clara, Sandra Carneiro
Communication Cultureprint

Partners Igreja Santa Clara, Câmara Municipal de Guimarães
Support Venerável Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, Câmara Municipal do Porto, Goethe Institut