Daniel Seabra - © Susana Chicó

© Susana Chicó

88º Anniversary Teatro Rivoli

18 Sat 16.00h 19 Sun 16.00h

RIVOLI Understage

Free entrance

Daniel Seabra


Contemporary Circus
Daniel Seabra - © Susana Chicó

© Susana Chicó

Crisálida [Chrysalis] stands for the butterflies’ growing, colour definition and sexual differentiation process, during which there are colour explosions inside the cocoon, and which is the only time they move little or nothing. Struggle, resistance and persistence are key words in this performance. The dialectics of this work have to do with demystifying gender categories, based on the existential issues of Nietzsche, Sartre and Goffman. The individual being, the social being and the creation of new concepts that encourage the discontinuity of human nature are issues on which the creator wishes to dwell in this piece. By analogy, bringing to the stage a polysemous aesthesia where the circus technique, video and a few fine arts experiences are used in order to raise new meanings and new feelings in renewed enigmas.  

Daniel Seabra was born in Porto and started his artistic career in 2010, specialising in aerial acrobatics at Chapitô. He worked as aerialist for the Royal Circus (2013) and Cirque Pinder (2014), among others. He also collaborated with companies such La Fura dels Baus and Companhia da Esquina. In 2017, he worked with João Pedro do Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira in Palhaço Rico fode Palhaço Pobre [Rich Clown Fucks Poor Clown] for BOCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts. He participated in the creation of Companhia Erva Daninha’s Savar A. M. In 2018, he directed the project Fractions of a Whole for Imaginarius Festival and premiered his first solo, Crisálida [Chrysalis], in the scope of Mostra Estufa. As a creator he focusses his research on merging circus with other artistic languages, in order to perceive the way in which they contaminate each other.
  • Created and performed by
    Daniel Seabra
  • (Live) music 
    Miguel De
  • Technical support
    Carla Valério
  • Photography and vídeo support 
    Susana Chicó
  • Artistic residency 
  • With the support of  
    Erva Daninha
  • Acknowledgment  
    Pietro Romani

88º Anniversary Teatro Rivoli

16 Thu, 18 Fri & 19 Sun

Year after year we celebrate the anniversary of the city’s Theatre. Two days of free admittance during which Teatro Municipal do Porto unravels a little of what takes place throughout the year. Several performances, installations and concerts bear witness to the multidisciplinary programme that characterises Rivoli and Campo Alegre, intersecting tradition and contemporaneity. This year, it starts with a special solidarity session of Quintas de Leitura. We invited Aurélien Bory & Shantala Shivalingappa to present their visual and choreographic ode, “ASH”; Visões Úteis, a theatre company from the city, to present its latest creation; the Belgium company Laika to bring “Narrow”, a performance for the whole family; and Daniel Seabra, Sonoscopia and the young associated artists (the duo Guilherme de Sousa & Pedro Azevedo, and Ana Isabel Castro) to present short pieces taking over several places within Rivoli at the same time; among other performances to explore. We will also present our programme from March to July on January 18. Our anniversary is also a way of getting a new year started with renewed energy and the artistic pulse for which we’re known. Everyone is invited to spend these two special days with us!

Free entrance to all activities. Tickets may be collected on the day, after 11.00am (maximum of two tickets per person).