Gaiás, Cidade da Cultura
Escenas do cambio 2022

3—5 May 2024
Festival of theatre, dance and art in action
Gaiás, City of Culture

Xunta de Galicia

3—5 Maio 2024

Festival de teatro,
danza e arte
en acción

Xunta de Galicia


David Loira

Saturday 4 May 5.30 p.m.
City of Culture, Services gallery

Blondi was born from the idea of telling the story of humanity in a different way.

Blondi was Adolf Hitler’s dog. A German Shepherd that he killed before committing suicide. She wasn’t any old dog, she was the Führer’s dog. Führer is a German word meaning “guide”, “leader”, “commander” or “conductor”.

At a time when the lines between the private and the public have become blurred, in the age of social networks, a youtuber, a new spiritual, social and economic guide (a new Führer), seeks fans and followers by recording a tutorial on a yoga posture: the downward facing dog. Little by little, the youtuber-guide becomes Blondi, the Führer’s dog, without knowing whether she is a guide or a follower, who her owner is, whether she really has an owner, whether she commands or obeys. A dog, Blondi, whose destiny is to be sacrificed, or maybe not.

A hymn to freedom and beauty that questions who we are in today’s world, immersed in health crises, obeying or disobeying rules, subject to change, being slaves or driving technological machines and surrounded by new leaders who tell us how we have to behave, dress, dance, without knowing if we are leaders or followers, if we are free or slaves, or maybe it’s all just a fantasy.

David Loira

Creator, dancer and actor trained in classical dance, butoh; dance, contemporary dance, urban dance, acting, clown, acrobatics, cabaret and comedy of art. Since 2002, he has participated as a performer, producer, director and teacher in numerous projects both in Galicia and at national and international level, and has collaborated with companies such as Experimenta Danza, Caramuxo Teatro, Pisando Ovos, Berrobambán and Kirenia Danza, among others. He directed the plays Over the Rainbow (2009), Tulips ( 2010), Macho (2010), We need a name: Gil Eanes (2017) and Blondi (2024), a project that arose from an invitation to participate as an artist in the Lisbon Queer Festival 2021 and from his experience as a tour guide in Berlin and in the Saschenhausen concentration camp.

As a creator, Loira decides to create “beauty and power” in the face of behaviours, thoughts, universal historical episodes, collective and personal experiences that have to do with the rejection or hatred of differences, xenophobia, racism and homophobia.

Data sheet

Galicia | 50 min | 9 €

Direction and choreography: David Loira
Performed by: David Loira
Lighting design: Octavio Mas
Video, sound and audio: Gonzalo Gómez
Assistance in direction and choreography: Isabel Sánchez

Language: Galician

Access point: Literary Garden of the City of Culture

World Premiere