Residência Artística

3 – 12 set 2020



Paula Diogo

Sep. 3 – 12, 2020


Terra Nullius was a term created by international law to define territories that belonged to no one and could therefore be occupied. These territories can still be found today, e.g. Bir Tawill (a strip of land between Egypt and Sudan), Antarctica, the international sea, and the Moon. But Terra Nullius also has a poetic meaning. It evokes an unexplored territory, an oasis of freedom where one could start over and rethink society.
For a year, Paula Diogo was in Reykjavik developing a project that tried to capture an “experience of place” by combining it with personal and collective narratives. Her process was founded on two simple actions: walking and writing.
In the last two years TERRA NULLIUS has been migrating slowly from Iceland to Portugal and now reaches D. Maria II in the format of an audio-walk. It’s a project that spills over and beyond the theatre space to occupy a city’s urban geography and the virtual space of discussion and thought.


Project direction, creation and performance: Paula Diogo

Text and voice: Paula Diogo
Sound creation: João Bento
Light design: Daniel Worm
Dramaturgical support: Alex Cassal
Creative support: Alfredo Martins, Estelle Franco, Renato Linhares
Scenic space: Frame Colectivo (Agapi Dimitriadou and Gabriela Salazar) and Elsa Mencagli (Erasmus + intern)
Video: Masako Hattori
Stage photography: João Tuna
Proofreading: Ana Macedo
Executive production: Vanda Cerejo
Communication support: Carlos Alves


Concept: Frame Colectivo and Paula Diogo
Edition: Frame Colectivo
Graphic design: Masako Hattori
Photos: Paula Diogo
Texts and images (cover): Claudia Galhós, Cláudia Varejão, Clelia Bettini, Djaimilia Pereira (by Humberto Brito), Eva Rún Snorradóttir, Felipe Ribeiro, Gabriela Farinha, Haraldur Jónsson, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Joana Gorjão Henriques, Maria João Machado, Paula Diogo, Renato Linhares, Rui Santos, Satu Herrala, Tiago Pereira, Þorgerður E. Sigurðardóttir, Viðar Jónsson and Yvette Centeno
Edition: Alex Cassal and Paula Diogo
Translation: Joana Frazão
English proofreading: Alexander Kelly and Hilary Foster
Final proofreading: Emanuel Cameira
Additional translations: Ana Macedo
Photographic selection: João Tuna
Additional photographs (cover): M.Zakrzewski
Audio inserts: João Bento
Executive production: Vanda Cerejo
Printing and Calibration: Gráfica Maiadoro
Co-production: Má-Criação and TNDMII
Co-production residencies: Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Citemor and O Espaço do Tempo
Creative partners: Alkantara, Galeria Zé dos Bois
Artistic residency support: Companhia Olga Roriz
Support: CML – Pólo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista


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.
Má-Criação is a structure supported by the Lisbon City Council and housed in Espaço Alkantara


Paula Diogo

She was born in Lisbon, in 1977. She is a performer and stage director with a particular interest in improbable ideas. With an artistic background based on collaborative processes, she has been meandering through art making and producing in recent years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Training of Actors / Directors by the ESTC in Lisbon, and a Master’s in Performing Arts from the LHÍ (Icelandic Academy of Arts) with grants from the FCG and the GDA. She was a co-founder of Teatro Praga (1995-08), TRUTA (2003-10) and O Pato Profissional Lda (2003-10). In 2004 she was distinguished by CPAI with the Teatro na Década Award – Best Actress for the performance Private Lives, by Teatro Praga. In 2006 she received a grant from the CNC to follow the work of the Gob Squad (UK / DE) in Berlin. In 2007 she attended the Staging Course of the CCA Program at the FCG, with the british company Third Angel. In 2010 she was a resident director at the NTN in Naples, Italy, under the artistic direction of Antonio Latella. She has worked with several artists and companies over the years, such as: Lúcia Sigalho, Filipe Melo, Antonio Latella, Tiago Rodrigues, Madalena Victorino, Nuno Carinhas, João Pedro Vaz, Pedro Lacerda, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Mala Voadora, Cão Solteiro, Alain Fourneau, Rimini Protokoll, among others. In recent years, within Má-Criação, she has collaborated regularly with the artists Alfredo Martins (TMV), Cláudia Gaiolas (TMV), Alex Cassal (FM) and Alexander Kelly (TA), consolidating a platform that joins creators from different artistic and geographical backgrounds. She lives in Lisbon.

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