António Pedro Lopes and Gustavo Ciríaco

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When they performed Drifting in Lisbon nine years ago, António Pedro Lopes and Gustavo Ciríaco married on stage, applying the project’s principle of mapping the different types of feelings that flow in a city through different kinds of encounters. This event defines the unrepeatable nature of the performance, on the one hand, but also the episodic character of this project that opens a new chapter in every city. A decade since it was first staged and after travelling through Rio de Janeiro, Taipé, São Paulo, Porto and Ponta Delgada, Drifting returns its “exhibition-body” to Lisbon, with the baggage of over a year of the pandemic, to resignify its home city, in complicity with six invisible resident artists.


António Pedro Lopes and Gustavo Ciríaco General concept
Gustavo Ciríaco Concept & direction | Gulbenkian episode
Analu, Felipe Vian, Gaya de Medeiros, Gustavo Ciríaco, Joana Levi e Julian Pacómio Participating artists
Santiago Tricot Lighting and sound design
Gustavo Ciríaco Production
Missanga Antunes Administration

Original cast 
Ana Eliseu, Andrea Brandão, Bruno Caracol, Clara Kutner, Cristina Zabalaga, Eduardo Frazão, Marta Rema, Paolo Andreoni, Rita Sousa Mendes, Vânia Rovisco

Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taipé), Negócio/ZDB (Lisboa), Como Clube & Centro Cultural São Paulo (São Paulo), SESC Santo Amaro, Maus Hábitos (Porto), Walk&Talk Festival de Artes (Ponta Delgada)

Margaret Shiu, Thelma Bonavita, Marta Furtado and Natxo Checa, Daniel Pires, Jesse James, Marcos Villas Boas, the couple Gui Garrido and Rita Almiro and the beloved participants of our Drifting, 2012

Em Deriva received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2011. 
First interaction of the project: May 2010, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro.

António Pedro Lopes (Ponta Delgada, 1981) ) works driven by emotions, the building of communities, the collaboration and creation of space for the other. He studied musical theatre in New Mexico, received his first degree in theatre from the University of Évora and completed the choreography course from Forum Dança in Porto. He has created shows under his own name and in collaboration with other artists and organised several collective projects including Skite/Sweet&Tender Porto 2008, Celebração and Meio Mundo Estrada Fora. He was artistic director of the TREMOR Festival in São Miguel, the Fabric Arts Festival in Fall River, USA, and the MAPAS travelling cultural centre, in Leiria. He is currently the artistic director of Azores 2027, the project with which Ponta Delgada (in the Azores) is applying to become European Culture Capital in 2027.

Gustavo Ciríaco (Rio de Janeiro, 1969) is a choreographer and contextual artist whose work moves between the performing arts and the visual arts, performance, architecture, anthropology and landscaping. Qualified as a political scientist and a dancer, his work is marked by its pronounced site-specific profile, establishing a relationship between context, geography and housing, reality and fiction, as part of continuous research conducted over 20 years on the extensive fields of the art of creating dances. Ciríaco has been a researching artist with the THIRD programme of DAS—University of Amsterdam since 2018, with the research project Covered by Sky.


Throughout two long weekends, dance returns to the auditoriums of the Foundation with the performance of two dozen works created over recent years with support from the Gulbenkian and with some making their very first appearance in Portugal. Program selection under the curatorship of João dos Santos Martins.


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and collective preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us at [email protected].


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