January 16, 2017No Comments


photo by Francisco Queimadela

Première at Festival DDD – RIVOLI Theatre Porto – 12th and 13th May 2017.

O POÇO is a machine that operates on vertical agents, harboring and articulating gesture, sound and light in its acoustic and architectural configuration.
A black box where traces of words and actions sustain a landscape made out of ruins of nexus, membranes, language and substrates.
The pre-linguistic impetuses of the voice, the crystallization of action, and the vertigo of the perspective arise as the only temporal mediators of a moving landscape. An echo chamber.

Jonathan Uliel Saldanha: direction, staging, dramaturgy
Catarina Miranda: dramaturgy, staging
Diogo Tutela: dramaturgy, computation
Godofredo Pereira: dramaturgy, architecture
Sound Spatialisation: Eduardo Magalhães
Frederic Alstadt: Sound Treatment
José Álvaro, Renato Marinho: light
Voice emitter: Catarina Miranda, Ece Canli, Outra Voz
Gesture emitter: Daniela Cruz, Igor Bisser, Nuno Pinto, Balleteatro, Rita Vieira, Diogo Vieira.
Executive Producer: Mauro Rodrigues
Administrative Producer: Mafalda Soares
Production: SOOPA Co-prodution: Porto Municipal Theater TMP
Support: Portuguese Government/ Ministry of Culture (DGArtes) | Municipal City Hall of Porto / Municipal Theatre of Porto | GDA | CACE Cultural Porto |

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A ética do negativo - PÚBLICO


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photo by José Caldeira



Illustration by Jonathan Saldanha and Diogo Tudela

August 12, 2016No Comments


REIPOSTO REIMORTO | The Slow Prose of the World is the second PIECE of the trilogy REI about archetypes of power and violence.

Artistic Direction: Catarina Miranda | Dramaturgy: Catarina Miranda, Jonathan Saldanha | Dramaturgic Support: Alfredo Martins | Original Sound Composition: Jonathan Saldanha | Co-creation of Action and Performance: Ana Renata Polónia, Antje Schmidt, Cristina Planas Leitão | Organist: Rui Soares | Light: Rui Simão | Machinery Operation: Sérgio Carvalho | Scenography Conception: Sérgio Carvalho, Catarina Miranda, Jonathan Saldanha | | Production: Célia Machado/ SOOPA | Support: Portuguese Government/Direção Geral das Artes, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Goethe Institute | Co-production: Municipal Theatre of Porto | Creation Support: National Theatre São João, Espaço do Tempo, Companhia Instável, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Guimarães | Video Documentation: Sofia Arriscado

August 12, 2016No Comments


Live concert for voice, electronics, light and resonance composed/built for the Santa Cecília choir and the Socorro chapel in Vila do Conde, Portugal. Silvo is a series of sonic essays focused on the imaterial presence of voice and its resonance in architecture, the continuous circular flux between flesh and cavity, the pulsation of blackness and umbra.

Director/Composer | Jonathan Uliel Saldanha
Conductor | Luiz Filipe Marques
Choir | Santa Cecília Choir
Light/Video | Diogo Tudela
Assistant | Director Catarina Miranda
Production | Circular Festival

January 26, 2016No Comments



Sancta Viscera Tua was a piece constructed with voice, gesture, sound and light, a convergence of people, architectures and impetus that together carried out a reenactment of the invisible.

A libretto for sound and gesture, but without words, a vibrational construction through the archetypes present in mass human gathering, inhuman violence and the mediation between matter and anima present in the Via Sacra.

Two actions for ten performers, 100 people choir and an ensemble of musicians comprehending harp, double bass, percussion and electronics. This sonic and scenic piece was composed from the archetypes present in the structure of a Via Sacra and was developed for the space of Santa Clara, the former church of the women's convent constructed in 1457 in Porto. The Via Sacrum is here treated as a temporal and organizational structure, serving has a policy for the reenactment of the invisible tensions present in human collective actions and celebrations of violence.

The first moment was presented in 2014, at Santa Clara church in Porto on the 12th of April, and at the São Francisco church in Guimarães on the 16th of April.


Direction Jonathan Saldanha
Dramaturgy Jonathan Saldanha, Júlio Mendes Rodrigo
Staging Jonathan Saldanha, Catarina Miranda

Musicians Angélica Salvi, Brendan Hemsworth, João Pais Filipe, Rui Leal
Performers Ana Renata Polónia, Ana Sofia Albuquerque, Antje Schmidt, Carlos Correia, Ece Canli, Filipe Silva, Igor Bisser, João Carrapa, João Guimarães, Mónica Amado, Natércia Vaz Marques, Nuno Marques Pinto, Rafael Cortês, Sara Pereira, Sérgio Carvalho.
Choir Outra Voz
Rehearsals Catarina Miranda
Light Rui Simão, Catarina Miranda, Jonathan Saldanha
Poster Dayana Lucas & Jonathan Saldanha

Thanks to Padre João Carrapa, Yolanda Espiña (Universidade Católica Porto), Paula Menino Homem (Faculdade Letras UP), António Pedro Oliveira de Carvalho (Faculdade Engenharia UP), Guilherme Caldas, Teixeira do Lenho, Alice Semedo (Faculdade Letras UP), Miguel Carneiro, Diogo Tudela, Francisco Queimadela, Celso do Alvo Ferreira, André Cepeda, Jean Baptiste, José Guedes Rodrigues, Mariana Caló, Tiago Afonso, Leonel Menesses, Frederico Lobo, Oficina ARARA.

Production SOOPA, Outra Voz
Comunication Cultureprint
Partners Igreja Santa Clara, Câmara Municipal de Guimarães.
Suport Venerável Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, Câmara Municipal do Porto, Goethe Institut.

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January 26, 2016No Comments

Khôrus Anima


A piece for mixed choir, large acoustic space, percussion ensemble and eight subwoofers.

Commissioned by Sound Space Signal for Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012. Presented on the 12th of May, 2012.

Sonic piece developed to be interpreted by the choral ensemble Outra Voz from Guimarães, Portugal. Working with the voices of this large mixed choir as a factor inducing ressonance on the facilities of a former textile factory located in Covas, an empty 4.500m2 space (from Greek khōros place, space), proposing an evocation of time through collective chanting.

The psychoacoustic landscape emanating from this specific post-industrial space is the generative point for the compositional processes, in which the relation of sound with its immediate phantom, the resonances of the space, are the core element.

The acoustic body of the space vibrates through the breath of the voices, becoming a presence.

Composition/director: Jonathan Saldanha
Choir rehearsal assistant: Catarina Miranda
Choir/voice: Outra Voz, Mulheres do Minho
Infrasonic vibration/Subwoofer operation: Jonathan Saldanha
Thanks to: João Guimarães, Carlos Correia, André Cepeda, Filipe Silva, Susana Ralha, Mário Gonçalves and Allcateia, Magna Ferreira, Luisa Barriga, Tiago Simães, Mulheres do Minho, Mónica Batista, Jean Baptiste and a special acknowledgment to all members of Outra Voz.