|Between dogs and wolves|

Between dogs and wolves dwells in the twilight hours and its reduced luminosity in order to investigate visibility conditions and find ways of recreating landscape experiences into the theatre room, somewhere between shadow theatre and sensorial cinema. In the brinks between light and darkness, a collection of experiences of far gone landscapes lived by elders and dreamlike landscapes imagined by infants get intertwined in an immersive voyage. 

Entre chien et loup, an old French idiomatic expression, stands for that moment of the day at its threshold with the night realm, the twilight hours, where the shadows advance and a dog becomes a wolf and a wolf becomes a dog in our very eyes and imaginations. Between the light of day that guides us and the mysteries that surround us in the darkness of the night, an iridescent empire seems to mediate two kingdoms, two apprehensions of the reality crossed.

With the idea of collecting landscapes, Between dogs and wolves takes the task of gathering the meeting of the memory of those who depart with the imagination of those who arrive, in a synesthetic dive into the landscape experience of men and women at extreme points of their biographies. Between the beginning and the end, between the prologue and the epilogue, which world has welcomed us, which world do we leave for those coming next? Which worlds were our imaginations able to build? Which worlds do we abandon? With which world, shall innocence be faced what’s coming next?

On the Trilogy

In 1962, alerted by a friend about the deadly effects that the indiscriminate use of pesticides had caused in a bird sanctuary, the North-American journalist Rachel Carlson began to investigate the subject and to write what would become one of the most influential books of 20th century, Silent Spring. The book soon became a publishing success and provided the basis for a whole range of innovative environmental laws and movements. In it, the danger of a spring without birds, without insects, ushered the author to make public the harmful effects of pesticides and its uncontrolled use in the environment. Taken by this alert, the trilogy Gentleness of a Giant is born, marking my interest on how man sees nature through the invented idea of landscape.

The third episode of this trilogy, Between dogs and wolves, takes on the challenge of creating an immersive and experiential context, a sensitive platform where vanished landscapes blend into landscapes that have never seen existence and make both come to life in a contemporary shadow theatre.

Video links:

Ilustração à Vista – Première



Materiais Diversos. October 1st-10th , 2018. Minde, Portugal.

Festival Verão Azul. October 22th-November 6th, 2018. Lagos and Loulé, Portugal.

Nave. January 21st – February 3rd, 2019. Public presentation: Feb 3rd. Santiago, Chile.

Sesc Avenida Paulista. February 5th-10th. Public presentation: Feb 9th. São Paulo, Brazil.

Espaço do Tempo. March 25th-31st, 2019. Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal.

Fábrica das Idéias/23 Milhas-Ílhavo. April 17th-May 3rd, 2019. Ílhavo, Portugal.



Artistic direction and conception Gustavo Ciríaco (Br)

Performance and collaboration Daniel Pizamiglio (Br) and Julia Salem (Br)

Guest collaboration Gaeil Olsen (Cl) and Ignacio Aldunate (Cl)

Set design Sara Vieira Marques (Pt)

Light design Tomás Ribas (Br)

Costumes Sara Zita Correia (Pt)

Dramaturgical support Joana Levi (Br)

Sound landscapes João Bento (Pt)

Production Direction | Portugal Sinara Suzin

Production Direction | Brazil Carolina Goulart

Tour and financial administration Missanga Antunes/Efémera

Communication Direction António Pedro Lopes

Co-production CasaBranca AC – Festival Verão Azul / Cine-Teatro Louletano (Pt), 23 Milhas – Ílhavo (Pt), Atos de Fala (Br), Centro de Creación y Residencia – NAVE (Cl), SESC SP (Br)

Residencies CasaBranca AC – Festival Verão Azul / Cine-Teatro Louletano, Festival Materiais Diversos (Pt), NAVE (Cl), SESC Avenida Paulista, Espaço do Tempo (Pt), 23 Milhas-Ílhavo (Pt), SESC Avenida Paulista (Br)

Première Ilustração à Vista, Fábrica de Ideias – 23 Milhas (Pt)

Between Dogs and Wolves is a project contemplated by FUNARTE in the IBERESCENA Program, with Ibero-American funds as aid to co-production.

The project is supported by DGARTES – Direcção Geral das Artes (Portuguese Culture Ministry) in its international tour in Santiago, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro, in 2019.



Cine-Teatro Louletano, Festival Verão Azul. October 25th, 2019. Lagos, Portugal.

Espaço Cultural Sérgio Porto, Entre/Atos de Fala. May 14th & 15th, 2019. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Teatro Solis, FIDCU – Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea de Uruguai. May 9th, 2019. Montevideo, Uruguay.

Ilustração à Vista. Fábrica das Idéias/23 Milhas-Ílhavo. May 3rd, 2019. Ílhavo, Portugal. Première.


Photos by Gustavo Ciríaco, Isabel Ortiz, Joana Duarte, Mila Ercoli and Vítor Barão.