TIRANA is an immersive sound choreography that explores singing physicalities 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 an instrument for the work, bringing vast attention to the haptic nature of sound and the relationship of different resonant bodies in space. By creating movement and sound landscapes, there is a search for the spaces in between, from breath to song.

photo credits Dinis Santos


Choreography, Artistic Direction  Luísa Saraiva

Sound Installation, Instruments and Activation Inês Tartaruga Água

Performance Alice Heyward, Fabíola Augusta, Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Luísa Saraiva

Outside ear & Dramaturgic support Francisco Antão

Research Alice Heyward, Julius Gabriel, Luísa Saraiva

Costumes Isabelle Lange

Light design Thais Nepomuceno

Research and breath training Sudeep Kumar Puthyaparambath

Vocal coach Fabíola Augusta

Production management Apricot Productions (DE); Joana Silva (PT)

Acknowledgements Grupo de Folclore Terras de Arões, Grupo de Cantares do Paúl, Arnaldo Saraiva, Niklaus Bein