Cut by all sides, open by all corners invites the audience to a rhapsodic journey through the territories that configure an art space as an performative, sociological and architectonic space and its connections to the surrounding world. Thought as a site-specific project, Cut by all sides, open by all corners is an itinerant piece through the architecture of the theater/the museum as an expanded sculpture. Through positioning, re-staging, where the spectator/visitor stands, the piece reconfigures its role through a theater in dislocation. Just as in a sculpture, where the cut gives access to a fruition that includes the reality around, the theatre (as the museum) is this multiple and complex site, cut by all sides, open by all corners, which hosts people in different platforms of interaction and distinct agents in operation.

By way of comparison to the relational sculptures of minimalist artists Donald Judd and Robert Rauschenberg, characterized by the inclusion of elements of subtle interactive appeal, Cut | Open displaces and relocates the elements that produce theatricality and generate attention by moving them to other spaces in the same building and neighboring areas. An expanded theatre sets in, activated by the audience, through its position in space, its viewing point. A theater is thus re-shaped with the same elements that distinguish it and constitute it as an experience.

Cut by all sides, open by all corners was commissioned by the Portuguese National Theatre Dona Maria II, in partnership with Alkantara Festival for the 2018 Spring season. It counts with the support of Walk&Talk Arts Festival, Teatro Micaelense, Espaço do Tempo, DEVIR-CAPA, 23 Milhas – Centro Cultural de Ílhavo for the artistic residencies.

In June 2019, the project was invited by Museu Fundação de Serralves in partnership with Cia. Instável to re-install it in a museum situation at Casa de Serralves alongside an exposition by Antoni Muntadas, during the multi-disciplinary festival, Serralves em Festa.

This project has been funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture – Direcção Geral das Artes – DGArtes.


23 Milhas Ílhavo


Walk & Talk


Cut by all sides, Open by all corners, Frieze Magazine, by Cristina Sanchez-Korzyreva, London & New York, August 2018.

Revista Visão – “Cut, open, explore: voyage to the center of the theater by the hands of Gustavo Ciríaco”

“Here the stage is the theater Dona Maria II so are its corridors, lodges, office and rehearsal rooms. The stage is where the actors are so far as we follow them, without interruptions, with no assigned seat, in this inside out discovery odyssey through theater til its seams, as it were a sculpture”

Diário de Notícias 

Jornal i – The theater building as a scuplture

Jornal de Negócios

O Observador 

Ípsilon – Público 

Umbigo Magazine


Interviews (in Portuguese)

Past residencies

Artistic residencies

Casa de Serralves. Porto, Portugal. May 1st-5th, 2109.

Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II, Lisbon, Portugal. April 3rd-20th + May 7th-25th, 2018.

23 Milhas, Centro Cultural de Ílhavo.  April 24th-May 6th, 2018.Public presentation: May 4th and 5th.

Devir/CAPA-Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve, Faro, Portugal. March 6th-18th, 2018.

Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal. February 6th-18th, 2018.

Walk & Talk – Arts Festival, Teatro Micaelense, Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands, Portugal. July 17-27, 2017. Public presentation, July 27th, 2017.

Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, Guest Artist in Residence Program-  pilot project under an educational frame. Campinas, Brazil. March-June 2017. Public presentations: June 28th & 29th.

Conception and artistic direction Gustavo Ciríaco

Direction and dramaturgy assistance Catalina Lescano

Performers and collaborators Ana Trincão, Rodrigo Andreolli, Sara Zita Correia and Tiago Barbosa

Guest performer and singer at TNDM II Carla Gomes

Guest performers at Museu Serralves Ana Rita Xavier, Arianna Romano, Carlos Alves, Catarina Saraiva, Elsa Pereira, Fabricio Silva, Gabrielle Mendieta, Ioanna Toliou, João Gabriel Lima, Larissa Dias, Maria Inês Costa,  Matilde Tudela and Thamiris Carvalho

Guest performers at Teatro Micaelense Amelia Lopes, Ana Cordeiro, Eleonora Marino, Fernando Nunes, Filipa Chaves, João Malaquias, Lina Silveira, Luis Grave e Rita Costa Medeiros

Guest actors at TNDM II André Loubet, Diana Narciso, Gonçalo Egito, João Estima, José Neves, Lúcia Maria, Manuel Coelho, Paula Mora, Rita Delgado and Sara Inês Gigante.

Guest performers at Centro Cultural de Ílhavo Dulce, Ermelinda, Joana, João Rodrigues, João Mendes and Vitória

Sound artist Bruno Humberto

Lightning design Tomás Ribas

Set design Sara Vieira Marques

Executive production Sinara Suzin

Management and communication Jesse James

Co-production Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II, Alkantara Festival, Walk & Talk – Festival de Artes, 23 Milhas – Centro Cultural de Ílhavo

Artistic residency Walk&Talk Festival, Espaço do Tempo, Devir/CAPA, TNDM II, 23 Milhas – Ílhavo e Teatro Micaelense

Research residency Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, through its program Artista em Residência 2017



Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II, under the frame of Alkantara Festival, Lisbon, Portugal. May 29th, 30th & 31st, 2018.

Teatro Micaelense, under the frame of Walk & Talk Arts Festival, Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands, Portugal.  June 29th & 30th, 2018.

Serralves em Festa. Fundação Museu Serralves. Porto, Portugal. June 1st & 2nd, 2019.



Photos by António Pedro Lopes, Filipa Couto, Fernando Resende (Ponta Delgada), Maycon Soldano (Campinas) and Vera Marmelo (Lisbon).