sancta viscera tua

A performance piece created by Jonathan Uliel Saldanha
performed at Igreja de Santa Clara, Porto;
Igreja de São Francisco, Guimarães
12 and 16 April 2014

“Your sacred viscera, is a convergence of people, architectures and intentions that together carry out a re-enactment of the invisible.”
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“Sancta Viscera Tua was a piece constructed with voice, gesture, sound and light, a convergence of people, architectures and impetus that together carried out a reenactment of the invisible. A libretto for sound and gesture, but without words, a vibrational construction through the archetypes present in mass human gathering, inhuman violence and the mediation between matter and anima present in the Via Sacra.

Two actions for ten performers, 100 people choir and an ensemble of musicians comprehending harp, double bass, percussion and electronics. This sonic and scenic piece was composed from the archetypes present in the structure of a Via Sacra and was developed for the space of 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 has a policy for the reenactment of the invisible tensions present in human collective actions and celebrations of violence.” (The text taken from Jonathan Uliel Saldanha

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, Carlos Correia, Ece Canli, Filipe Silva, Igor Bisser, João Carrapa, João Guimarães, Mónica Amado, Natércia Vaz Marques, Nuno Marques Pinto, Rafael Cortês, Sara Pereira, Sérgio Carvalho.
Choir: Outra Voz
Rehearsals: Catarina Miranda
Light: Rui Simão, Catarina Miranda, Jonathan Saldanha
Poster: Dayana Lucas & Jonathan Saldanha

For an interview with Jonathan Uliel Saldanha and Catarina Miranda about the piece (Portugues): Here; for a brief introduction (Portuguese): Here