Inside cage-like apartment blocks, humans live clandestine, intensified lives. It’s past midnight - the hour of insomniacs. Throughout the night, the light of one apartment keeps flickering: a woman is changing bulbs with a theatrical sense of urgency.

Scroll down to explore content

Reciting fragments from Virginia Woolf's 'Orlando', she follows movement patterns that lend her existence a mysterious ritualistic intensity. She has been alive for 350 years.

Scroll down to explore content

In an apartment several floors below, a man in stripy pyjamas moves about, singing, apparently heartbroken. He is sleepwalking.

His voice, that of a opera singer, impregnates the estate; his haunting melodies derail the woman's game, as she is swallowed by the building blocks’ ossified concrete. “The Queen has come”.

“Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People move in and out of the buildings, cross bridges linking towers, in subtle flows of movements - a dance of a larger-than-life organism. The bridges close their gates at set times, hurrying people along, followed by sudden silence, only occasionally interrupted by the ever-present church bells and the rumblings of traffic. The IAPI is a living building, alive with the choreography of architecture and the rules of movement, creating spatial poetries.

It is an architecture that exists in time, marked by time, an architecture that is a choreography of sensations, an architecture that both changes over time and responds to changes in time. It is responsive, dynamic and flowing.

“The Great Frost was, historians tell us, the most severe that has ever visited these islands. Birds froze in mid-air and fell like stones to the ground. Corpses froze and could not be drawn from the sheets. Are we so made that we have to take death in small doses daily or we could not go on with the business of living?”

Virginia Woolf

This film was shot at IAPI, a landmark council estate built in Belo Horizonte in the 1940’s.

“Humanity needs dreams to be able to survive the miseries of daily existence, even if only for an instant.”

Oscar Niemeyer

Cast & Crew

Performers: Paula Lay , Rodrigo Firpi
Choreography: Fernanda Lippi
Director / Camera : Andre Semenza

The film is currently in post-production.

About Zikzira

Zikzira creates performances and films from an instinctive core, embracing the visual and visceral in a synthesis of art forms. Through risk, desire and organization of chance, the company devises immersive work with layers of meaning. Somatic impulses gives rise to movement; soundscapes, dance and imagery conspiring to form a whole. Through a multi-disciplinary and site-specific approach, the company devises work with poetic resonance unconfined by genre.

“The art of theatre is specifically the art of dreams”
Jean-Louis Barrault

“My body is the intention, my body is the event, my body is the result.
Art is hope, prayer, and the possession of the individual”
Günter Brus

Contact Zikzira

Tel: +44 (0) 795017 4896

Rua Laplace, 18A - Santa Lúcia
CEP: 30.360-390 - Belo Horizonte - MG
Tel: +55 31 3047 6330