Open day at the Goethe-Institut in Lisbon


O Espaço do Tempo will be at the Goethe-Institut in Lisbon, with many activities open to the public. This open day will focus on introducing the ongoing partnership between these two institutions, as well as presenting the work of Portuguese artists living in Germany, and contributing to critical thinking about public cultural policies and financing models for artistic creation.


15:30 Ecology of Strangers, by Ana Libório
16:30 Æffective Choreography, by André Uerba
17:30 Conversation moderated by Cláudia Galhós around the comparison between the German and Portuguese models in regards to public cultural policies, funding for artistic creation and ways of seeing, understanding and making art. With Ulrike Seybold, Ana Rocha, Angela Guerreiro, Carlos Oliveira, Vânia Rovisco, Ana Libório, André Uerba, Pedro Barreiro, Jana Binder, more guests to be confirmed, as well as any members of the public that would like to participate. 
19:00 DJ set with Cigarra + Beberete

© André Loubet

Ecology of Strangers, by Ana Libório
Performance/Installation • 15h30 – Garden

Ecology of Strangers is an artistic object that promotes the fusion between the space of installation and performance. The stage is occupied by two performers who speculate on dissonances in an experimental universe  forming a body in digital and non-digital spaces. The performance is a place for digital utopias and philosophy where the real is incapable of being categorized. The structure of the piece allows the audience to adjust interaction dynamics through the performance. Time. Space. Body. A queer-encounter ecology. I am trying to make something visible; I decide a point of view asking who stands beyond the perspective. What is the reality of the image? The real is nameless. The modulations of myself standing under the understanding.


Artistic concept by Ana Libório in collaboration with Tiago Vieira, S4r4, Gonçalo Alegria, Bruno José Silva.
Voice recorded by Paula Sá Nogueira, Rodrigo Sá Nogueira and João Estevens.
Produced by Associação Cultural Arraial Cósmico
Supported by Ministério da Cultura/República Portuguesa, Self-Mistake and Latoaria.
Book by Britanny Sondergaard & Ana Libório with the design by Bruno José Silva
Illustration by Mafalda Jacinto
Special Thanks to André Loubet, André Loubet, Latoaria, Teatro Cão Solteiro, Rabbit Hole, Trust Collective, Patricia Couveiro, Plataforma 285, Carlos Cardoso, Pedro Barreiro, Rua das Gaivotas 6/Teatro Praga, Diogo Melo, Tanzfabrik Berlin.
© Alicja Hoppel

Æffective Choreography, by André Uerba
Project Presentation • 16h30 – Auditorium

How does your body feel today? In this time of high speed and violence, choreographer and bodyworker André Uerba deals within the project “Æffective Choreography” with intimacy procedures and their potential in collective practices. In the context of the Goethe Institute, he will present the project in a yet undefined way, but something that will navigate between a talk, showing video excerpts, workshop and work methodology. For this session, he has invited performer Manoela Rangel.

André Uerba and other guests


Ana Libório were born in Lisbon, Portugal and They are a Berlin based artist. They are a non-binary performer, a creative collaborator, a instigator and a maker. Ana Libório’s conceive choreography, movement and theater as a decentralized terrain that works with simultaneous perspectives. My artistic practices incorporates digital arts. writtings, movement, singing, visual installations and other crafts. I am engaged in a ecosystem of performative practices where I seek to develop new languages for each project evoking poetry, fictions and frictions, states of high exposure and . I study the hybrid body as a choreographic representation in an intermodal performative research that adresses issues of decolonization of social interfaces and the descentralization of hierarchical ideologies in the dance and perdormance space. 


André Uerba, choreographer, performer and bodyworker. He has lived in Berlin since 2013, when he began the Master of Arts, Solo / Dance / Authorship at the Universität der Künste Berlin (2013-2015). Since 2018 he has been developing group projects: “Burn Time” (2018), “Fire Starter” (2019), “A hole the size of your touch” (2021) and “Æffective Choreography” (2022). In 2021 he was part of the Re-Think (Accessibility & Sustainable Mobility) group, a year-long project focused on creating strategies for accessibility in dance, organized by the Swedish Institute and Norrlandsoperan. Between 2022 and 2023 he was a Tanzpraxis fellow, an 18-month research grant. At the beginning of 2023 he finished his training as a Sexological Bodyworker (ISB Berlin). In 2023 he was one of four choreographers selected for the Pina Bausch Fellowship, and will collaborate with choreographer Diana Niepce.


Ana Rocha (Porto, 1982) was a producer for visual arts and performing arts. She is a curator, choreographer, performer and dramaturge. She has been working in the cultural and artistic field as an independent freelancer for 21 years. She works as cultural mediation and programming (TAMANHO M, XXATENEUXXI’19, Cultura em Expansão (2019 to 2022), To School Out of School’19 \ Colectivos Pláka, TanzKongress’19, ViaAberta\Mid Summers Night Dream’19, CURADURA’21, Set-Up’21, A Casa de Sibila’22, among others), collaborating with informal organizations for the arts, artists-run collectives and public institutions. Ana collaborates as a freelance consultant for performing arts in different contexts & disciplines, artists and structures as Sekoia and Bela Associação, and Braga’27 ECC, among others.


Choreographer, performer and researcher. Holds a Doctoral Degree from the UT Austin|Portugal Program with the thesis “Choreographic Objects: Abstractions, Transductions, Expressions” (2016) and a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Dance: Context and Choreography from the Berlin University of the Arts (2010). Has attended the Interdisciplinary Performing Arts Course from the Gulbenkian Foundation (2008), the Artistic Research and Scientific Creativity Course from the AND_Lab (2011), both in Lisbon, and the Artistic Practices Symposium from the Mezzanine Association (2017), in Porto. Was associated researcher at the Colab UT Austin | Portugal (2010-2011), at the Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin (2013–2014) and at the Linguistics Research Center from the New University of Lisbon (2010–2016). At this university, he’s currently integrated researcher at the Performance and Cognition Research Group. Was national coordinator of INATEL’s theater sector (2015), artistic director at the New Circus of Ribatejo (2004 – 2007), adjunct professor of Media Studies at Lisbon’s Polytechnic Institute of Advanced Technologies (2015 – 2016) and adjunct professor of Body and Movement at the School for Theater and Cinema from the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (2019-2020). Has published texts such as: “Nexus at the Limits of Possibility” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016), “Digital Choreographies: Problems and Potentialities” (Interact, 2018), “Choreographic Transductions Across Media” (Sinais de Cena, 2020), “Genealogies of dance as artistic practice in Portugal” (Universidade of Coimbra Press, 2020) and “Around the definition of gesture in digital representations of the dancing body” (Rabbit Hole and Montanha, 2021). Has created his own choreographic work, comprising the recent productions “of disconcert, on the one hand / of adventure, on the other” (2017), “Propositions” (2018), “I’ll create only what I cannot imagine” (2019) and “Fátuo” (2021). Founded the Associations COTÃO (2006) and Apneia Colectiva (2019), aside from also being an associated artist of Parasita Association since 2019. Has been studying and practicing Klein Technique since 2007, amongst a diversity of other practical approaches to the body and movement.


Cláudia Galhós (Lisbon, 1972) writes about culture, performing arts and dance for newspapers since 1994, in publications such as BLITZ, O Independente, Público, Jornal de Letras, Mouvement, Visão, among others. She has been writing about performing arts for Expresso since 2005. For television, she was editor of the weekly cultural magazine about culture “AGORA” and Palcos Agora (RTP2 (2012 to 2015)) and editor of the weekly supplement «Artes de Palco», of the program «Magazine » (RTP2, 2004 to 2006). She was the editor and author of the book “There is nothing that is beyond your imagination” (2015, within the framework of the European network “Imagine 2020 – Art and Climate Change”, which brings together 10 European theaters, led by Kaaitheater, in Brussels).


Jana Binder was born in Germany in 1973. She’s lived in Cascais, Portugal, during the 1980s, where she studied at the German School in Estoril and in Lisbon. She’s studied Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Frankfurt am Main, where she got her master’s degree. At the same, she began training for senior staff at the Goethe-Institut, having spent a period of time in Greece for that same purpose. Since then, she’s held senior positions at the Goethe-Institut in Brasília and Slovakia. From 2022, she’s the director of the Goethe-Institut in Portugal.


Pedro Barreiro is the new artistic director of O Espaço do Tempo. He is an artist who has been developing several works as director, actor, performance-maker, dramaturg, producer, programmer and curator. He has been interested, in recent years and among other things, in thinking about performative acts as poetic generators, in experimenting with the conventions of theatrical forms, and in strategies for dismantling hegemonic systems in contemporary art. He was the artistic director of Teatro Sá da Bandeira, in Santarém (2015-2017) and collaborated with Teatro Praga as programmer of Rua das Gaivotas 6 (2019-2022). He is also an associated artist of Cão Solteiro since 2020.



Ulrike Seybold is the managing director of the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste e. V. Previously, she was a member of the management team at the Landesverband Freier Theater in Niedersachsen. She’s also a member of the Federal Association of Independent Performing Arts in Germany since 2015, where she advises artists and patrons, sits on various committees and is committed to developing structures for the independent arts scene. Before joining the association, she worked many years as an independent production manager and press officer for many cultural and theater projects. She’s studied journalism, history, political science at the Ruhr University in Bochum, while also carrying out journalistic activities for taz and WDR, among others.