Terra Nullius

by Paula Diogo
creation and project direction Paula Diogo
text and voice Paula Diogo
sound creation João Bento
light design Daniel Worm
creative support Alfredo Martins, Estelle Franco, Renato Linhares
dramaturgical support Alex Cassal
scenic space FRAME Colectivo (Agapi Dimitriadou and Gabriela Salazar), Elsa Mencagli (intern Erasmus +)
stage photography João Tuna
proofreading Ana Macedo
graphic design Masako Hattori
communication support Carlos Alves
executive production Vanda Cerejo
production Má-Criação
coproduction Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
creative partners Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Citemor, Alkantara, Galeria Zé dos Bois
co-production residencies Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Citemor, O Espaço do Tempo
artistic residency support Companhia Olga Roriz

duration 1h (aprox)


Work developed with a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the GDA Foundation’s Cultural Fund in 2018/19.

Project financed by the Portuguese Republic – Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts.

Paula Diogo is an artist supported by APAP- FEMINIST FUTURES, project co-financed by the Programa Europa Criativa da União Europeia.

Má-Criação is a structure supported by Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and hosted by Alkantara.

Performance premiered on October 1, 2020, in Lisbon.
Terra Nullius is a performative audio walk that tries to capture the experience of a distant place. For a year, Paula Diogo was in Reykjavik developing a project that combined personal and collective narratives. Her process was founded on two simple actions: walking and writing.

Terra Nullius 
is a performance that strives to overflow the space of the theatre, occupying the city’s geography and the virtual space of discussion and thought. The final version of the project was presented at the end of 2020 at the D. Maria II Theatre.
For each location a path is drawn in the city to create an overlap with a predefined audio track. The public is then invited to walk through the city in a group experience. This experience concludes with the solitary reading of the book Terra Nullius, which each audience member can take home.

Show already presented in

20 jun - 20 jul 2021 - PT21 (Digital presentation)
27 - 28 sep 2021 - Festival de Teatro y Música San Ignacio, Medellín (CO)
1 - 2 oct 2021 - Festival Internacional de Teatro de Manizales (CO)
17 - 20 nov 2021 - Reykjavíc Dance Festival (IS)
18 - 19 jan 2022 - Maison de la Culture d'Amiens (FR)
11 - 12 jun 2022
18 - 19 jun 2022
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