Paula Diogo prepares “Terra Nullius”

3 – 14 July  2020
Espaço Alkantara

Terra nullius is a concept in international law used to define territory that is not owned by anyone and can therefore be occupied. Some territories are still considered terra nullius today, such as Bir Tawill (a strip of land between Egypt and Sudan), Antarctica, international waters and the moon. But terra nullius also holds a poetic meaning — an idea of an unexplored land, an oasis of freedom where we might restart and rethink our idea of society.

Paula Diogo spent a year in Reykjavik attempting to capture the experience of a place through personal and collective stories. She used two simple actions: walking and writing. The piece began its slow migration from Iceland to Portugal two years ago. In October, it arrives at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II as an audio-walk that happens in the street and ends in the theatre. Or that spills out from the theatre space into the urban geography of the city and into the virtual space of discussion and thought.

Artists Bio

Paula Diogo. Bachelor’s degree from ESTC in Lisbon. She attended the course of Modern Languages ​​and Literatures – Portuguese and Spanish variant of FLUCL. She was co-founder of Teatro Praga (1995-08), TRUTA (2003-10) and producer O Pato Profissional Lda (2003-10), where she worked as a creator and production coordinator, crossing several skills. In 2004 she was distinguished by the CPAI with the Prize Theater in the Decade – Best actress by the show Private Lives, of the Theater Prague. In 2006 she was a CNC fellow accompanying the Gob Squad (UK / DE) in Berlin. In 2007 she attended the CCA Program of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation with the English Third Angel. In 2009 she began to develop Má-Creação, a label associated with the production company O Pato Profissional dedicated to collaborative performance and theater projects. In 2010 she was a stage manager at NTN in Naples, Italy, directed by Antonio Latella. Here she created the shows Rosa Lux and Madame. Currently collaborates with several creators and companies in Portugal, France and Italy.