World of Interiors

By: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Premiere: Museu Colecção Berardo (Lisbon, Portugal / 2010)
Duration: 120"

World of Interiors is a performance-installation with people lying on the floor, eyes closed, rather motionless. The 15 performers are whispering the angry and poetic words of the playwright Rodrigo Garcia. The audience has to approach the performers bodies to understand what they are saying.

World of Interiors explores the border / relationship between spectators and the piece; it seeks to integrate the audience into the time and space of the performance and to identify the tensions between art and the codes that govern society. In this installation / performance, the spectator can enter and leave the performance space at will. He or she has the liberty to define how long to remain inside, whether to stay with one performer or move on to another one. Each performer has a different collage of texts to say. There is a score for the texts. They are part of a collective partition, with moments of silences, chorus and cannons.

© Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques

World of Interiors emerges out of Ana Borralho and João Galante’s unique parcours in the world of performing arts. Over the years the two artists have developed their research into a consistent and mature body of work; always hybrid, it traverses the boundaries of visual and performing arts.
in Alkantara Festival 2010 Programme


Concept, Artistic direction, Light and Set design: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Text fragments of the theater writings of: Rodrigo Garcia
Translation and dramaturgic collaboration: Tiago Rodrigues
Performers (Lisbon-Portugal): Ainhoa Vidal, Alina Bilokon, Antonia Buresi, André Duarte, Célia Jorge, Chris Scherer, Elisabete Fradique, Laurinda Chiungue, Luís Godinho, Maria Manuel Marques, Pedro Frutuoso, Pietro Romani, Renata Portas, Ricardo Barbosa, Rui de Sousa
Artistic consultancy: Fernando Ribeiro

Executive production: Ana Borralho, Mónica Samões, Miriam Vale
Production: casaBranca
Co-production: alkantara festival, Museu Colecção Berardo, Útero – Associação Teatral / Espaço Land, CNDC – Centre National de Danse Contemporaine Angers
Artistic residency: Centre National de Danse Contemporaine Angers / França
Support: Atelier Re.Al, IEFP, Grande Cena, TNT- Manufacture de Chaussures, Bordeaux / França
Thanks: Rodrigo Garcia, Mateo Feijó, Carlos Marquerie, Alexia Larrarté, Atelier Re.Al, Pedro Joel, Nec – Núcleo de Experimentação Coreográfica, Margarida Marecos, Walter Lauterer, Flávio Rodrigues, Lara Pires, Ana Margarida Carvalho, Roman Perona, Rui Dâmaso
Support for the presentation in Lisboa: Départs, Culture Programme of the European Union
Video credits from live performance in Lisbon: Helena Inverno and Verónica Castro (Volante)
Photo credits: Vasco Célio