LAWAL

Fitzroya cupressoides.
the cusp happiness.
eternal loneliness.

A stroll through the Alerce Andino Park, home to the ancient pine trees of the Chilean Patagonia, a woman is faced with her
finitude and temporality in the face of the eternity of natural elements. United by what flows, prints and has no name, space
becomes time and the day becomes the saga of a vertigo.LAWAL, cypress in the indigenous language Mapuche, names this walk in the rural property of Pico do Refúgio. In it, we resume the experience of a choreographer in the Chilean landscape reenacted in the Azorean territory, an installation-promenade conceived in collaboration between the choreographer Gustavo Ciríaco and the architect Gonçalo Lopes in dialogue with choreographer Javiera Péon-Veiga.

Based in Santiago, Javiera Péon-Veiga, in her work, it is the body and its rhythms that guide her in the creation of immersive environments and works based on either the syncope of breathing, the heartbeat, or the vertigo of sex.

Inaugurated at the 10th edition of Walk&Talk – Arts Festival, LAWAL is the first piece to premiere of the collection Covered by Sky, a project that unites performing and visual arts in the relationship between art and landscape, between poetic discourse and world experience. With a view to creating a collection of installations and performances designed by choreographer Gustavo Ciríaco, the project takes place in collaboration and dialogue with artists from Portugal, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom and Chile, in the areas of music, dance, sculpture, painting and performance. Based on outstanding experiences of landscapes lived by visual and performing arts artists, the project launches itself in their translation into installations of an architectural, sound, visual, sculptural or performance nature. For each guest artist interviewed, a landscape experience is collected and subsequently implemented.

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Press

 WhiteHotMagazine

Gustavo Círiaco’s “LAWAL / Covered by Sky”, which he describes as a “tour-installation,” took place on the property of Pico de Refúgio, a site that dates to the seventeenth century and has served as a military fortress, orange tree plantation, tea factory, and artist residence. Devised in collaboration with the architect Gonçalo Lopes and the choreographer Javiera Peon-Veiga, the work consisted of a walk through paths mowed into the grounds’ rolling hills and punctuated by text panels and in-situ sculptures; an experience that cited the land art parcours of Richard Long and Robert Smithson’s site-based poetics while also reconsidering what “choreography” might mean in a relational experience with the natural world. Such immersive, land-based approaches were complimented in the festival’s program by more traditional performances.  Ian Wallace 

Umbigo Magazine 

WHERE & WHEN

Walk & Talk Arts Festival, Ponta Delgada, Ilha de São Miguel, Portugal. Julho 16-25, 2021.

CONCEPTION AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION Gustavo Ciríaco (Br)
GUEST CHOREOGRAPHER Javiera Peón-Veiga (Cl)
ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT, SET DESIGN AND ARTISTIC COLLABORATION Gonçalo Lopes (Pt)
ORIGINAL TEXT IN SPANISH Javiera Peón-Veiga
GRAPHIC DESIGN Paula Delecave
PORTUGUESE TRANSLATION AND EDITING Gustavo Ciríaco
ENGLISH TRANSLATION AND EDITING Daisy Hilliard
LOCAL CONSULTANT Luís Bernardo Brito e Abreu
PRODUCTION AND ASSEMBLY ASSISTANCE Filipa Fonseca
TECHNICAL SUPPORT Sr. Manuel
TECHNICAL DIRECTION Santiago Tricot
DRAWINGS Gonçalo Lopes
ADMINISTRATION Missanga Antunes
PRODUCTION DIRECTION Sinara Suzin
CO-PRODUCTION Fundição Progresso (Rio de Janeiro/Br) & NAVE (Santiago/Cl)
REALIZATION Efémera Colecção – Associação Cultural
INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT THIRD – Dance and Theatre Academy –Amsterdam University of the Arts
RESIDENCY SUPPORT Pico do refúgio (Rabo de Peixe/Pt) e Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas
SUPPORT República Portuguesa – Cultura | DgARTES – Direção-Geral das Artes
Covered by Sky counts with the support to Co-produção de Espetáculo 2020-2021 IBERESCENA

Fotos António Pedro Lopes, Gustavo Ciríaco, Mariana Lopes e Sara Pinheiro