Gaiás, Cidade da Cultura
Escenas do cambio 2022

4–6 May 2023
Festival de teatro, danza e arte en acción
Gaiás, Cidade da Cultura

Xunta de Galicia




Xunta de Galicia

Here whilst we walk

Gustavo Ciríaco & Andrea Sonnberger

Thursday 4 May 16.30h
Friday 5 & Saturday 6 May 12.30h - 16.30h
Santiago de Compostela, Itinerary in the streets

Inspired by the idea of the work of art as an experience, and the long tradition linking walking with the production of thought and clarity, the artists Gustavo Ciríaco (Brazil) and Andrea Sonnberger (Austria) take the audience on a silent journey through the city of Santiago de Compostela, investing in another politics for sharing and perceiving the urban space. Encircled by a giant white rubber band, the group walks as a kind of living sculpture, where the outside and inside are constantly mixing.

On an itinerary of pre-set walks and actions which the audience discovers only as they walk, Here whilst we walk reveals a differently experienced city, where the audience recreates the figure of the 19th-century flâneur, someone who wanders the constantly changing streets of the modern city, observing every detail, directly witnessing an amazing and subtle spectacle where the place is always being displaced.


  • The walk will take place in silence for approximately 60 minutes.
  • The start of the walk will be revealed only to the audience taking part in each session.
  • The performance is not suitable for people who have mobility issues or carry baby buggies.
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and carry a bottle of water, avoiding heavy bags.

Gustavo Ciríaco

Gustavo Ciríaco is a choreographer and contextual artist whose work ranges between the performing and the visual arts, architecture, anthropology and landscape design. He studied Political Science and dance at the Escola Angel Vianna in the Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais-UFRJ (Río de Janeiro). With Frederico Paréis he formed the duo Ikswalsinats, pioneering the use of humour in Brazilian contemporary dance. Ciríaco’s works create a dialogue between context and architecture, geography and housing, reality and fiction, over the last 20 years of continuous investigation in the broad fields of art and dance. His work constantly explores themes such as present and presence, the depiction of landscape, perception, the urban space, and cognitive immersion. His extensive international trajectory includes participation in important festivals and institutions in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, such as Tanz im August and Haus diere Kulturen diere Welt (Berlin), Alkantara, Museo Berardo, Culturgest (Lisboa), Crossing the Line, New York University (New York), Al Mammal Foundation (Jerusalem), Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo), Sano Art Gallery (Saigon), Ferme de Buisson, París Quartier d’**Été (Paris), SESC SP (São Paulo), Panorama (Rio de Janeiro), Bienal SESC de Danza (Campinas), NAVE (Santiago de Chile), Bienal de Danza del Caribe (Havana), Casa Encendida (Madrid), Metropolis (Copenhagen), and Museo Fundación Serralves (Oporto).

Andrea Sonnberger

Andrea Sonnberger was born in Austria and trained as a dancer in Vienna and Munich. As a performer, she has performed in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Lithuania. Since 1996, she has been developing her choreographies and ideas, including installations and collaborations with other artists. In 1999 she won the Prix du Festival Cour des Capucins in Luxembourg. In 2003 she was awarded a scholarship in Munich, where she later became a member of the team and board of the international choreographers’ atelier Tanztendenz Munich e.V. There, she worked on the choreographic projects Piracy – Take over (2006) and krieger.innen; attack+defense (2008). In 2017, she worked for the Carnival of Fear festival in Schärding. In 2005-06 she was invited to Lisbon, together with choreographer Gustavo Ciríaco, to the Close Encounters (Encounters festival), where they developed the outdoor performance Here whilst we walk. They later created the project Vizinhos, performing in Portugal, Spain and Israel. She currently lives in Austria, where she works mainly as a shiatsu practitioner, teaches Tai Chi Dao Yin, plants herbs and runs a local organic farmers’ market.

Data sheet

Portugal | 60 min | € 9

Concept, creation and performance: Gustavo Ciríaco and Andrea Sonnberger
Supported by: Tanztendenz München e.V., Goethe Institut Rio de Janeiro
Grant: European Cultural Foundation, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Bayerischer Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz aus Mitteln des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst
Coproduction: Alkantara and Panorama Festivals
Thanks: Mark Deputter and Bojana Cvejic, Udo Quast, Isabel Ferreira, Nayse López and Eduardo Bonito.
Photographs: Andrea Sonnberger, Chris Van Der Burgh, BLUE, José Luís Neves, and Torben Huss

Galician premiere Premiere