5 October, 19:30 – 21:00 


House of Culture Boris Hristov, Plovdiv


Don’t underestimate the night. It is more vivid than you imagine. Anything can happen during the night. Anywhere.

Outskirts, wetlands, non-places beyond the suburbs. Debris, wastes, splinters. Spaces of all kinds of castaways.

The extreme tension of a black hole. The wild and chaotic energy. Emotions ready to explode… Limit, challenge, overcoming. Excess, intensity, release. Flat tires. Bodies with mouths, uncertain ground, wing vibrations.

In NIGHT, a trio of men and a DJ step into the dark territories in search of new clarities. This intensely physical and emotional dance in dialogue with live music is questioning our language and aesthetics, digging into the ground of improvisation and exploding unexpectedly onstage.

It is in the night when seeds of creativity grow best. It is the night where the famous poet Al Berto found the truth of writing. The dancers at first intended to praise his poems – cities’ undergrounds, the dimensions of his universe, the special light and clarity that only the awaken one could see. But then the night took them on another road.

NIGHT is not suitable for children under 16 years of age.

“The abyss is this bright line between night and dusk.”

– back then we were just two friends and a dog
we had the whole world just for ourselves

– we run

– we have the flight of the heart at our fingertips

– it’s night
let’s be silent for a while
let’s also forget time
it’s time to allucinate


In “Night”, a powerful performance, significant and of great lucidity, a dialogue and a metaphysical reflection on light and darkness are developed. (…)
We are facing an aesthetic and poetic turn of Circolando, however, both the use of scenic materials as the meticulous lighting, the extraordinary musical score and the scene plays show us an extraordinary job, supported by an intense physicality and body language.

The dramatic intensity is present all through the work, but there are moments that disturb us to the limit.

– Manuel Sesma Sanz, Artezblai


Circolando is a transdisciplinary artistic company founded by André Braga and Cláudia Figueiredo in 1999. Their productions combine dance, circus, and theater, with strong input from other creation fields: poetry, visual arts, music, video. The creators’ initial affinity to circus lays within the name of the company. Today, what dominates in their works is the circle and the act of circulating – the choice to make our way in the frontier spaces.

The troupe is actively collaborating with some of most prestigious cultural structures in Portugal as well as with prominent artist from various fields. Their productions have been presented all over the world, including in Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Morocco, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, South Korea and China

Circolando is settled in the former power plant of Freixo, Porto, current functioning as Support Centre for the Creation of Cultural Enterprises (CACE Cultural do Porto). The company is also regularly hosting artistic creations residences and training programs in and out of doors.

Duration: 90 minutes

Creation: André Braga, Cláudia Figueiredo, Paulo Mota, Ricardo Machado

Direction: André Braga

Dramaturgy: Cláudia Figueiredo

Interpretation: André Braga, Ricardo Machado, Ana Isabel Castro

DJ and sound modelling: André Pires

Plastic Conception: André Braga, Nuno Brandão, Sandra Neves

Light design: Francisco Tavares Teles

Technical coordination: João Abreu

Production: Ana Carvalhosa (direction), Cláudia Santos

Photography: José Caldeira, Paulo Pimenta, Lauren Maganete, José Frade, Paulo Pacheco

Graphic design: Elsa Oliveira

Coproduction: Circolando, Teatro Municipal do Porto, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Centro Cultural de Ílhavo

Creation residence: Centro Cultural Gafanha da Nazaré, Teatro Municipal Campo Alegre

Circolando is a structure subsidized by Governo de Portugal – Secretário de Estado da Cultura / Genral Directorate of Arts

Other support: IEFP / Cace Cultural do Porto

Images: Jose Caldeira and Paulo Pimenta