"All starts with the meeting with one person and one place. In 2006 I created « Contigo » with the choreographer Rui Horta and I discovered his residency place in Montemor-O-Novo (Portugal). « O Espaco do Tempo » which means « Place of Time ». Thus, a long friendship story with Rui and his place has began. I have became associate artist and each year, I have a residency when I like to. Several consecutive years, I came in April, very intensive period, full of constrats in the nature. And I feel the same in my body at this time of the year, it awakes from the winter sleep and I can move again to create.

In 2012, I discovered an abandoned village near Montemor-O-Novo : « Safira ». I made there a circus video and I fell in love with this abandoned and yet so living landscape. And I get the final inspiration : making a show was necessary to transcribe this strength into movement. But how to find the physical state able to bring such an emotion ? That’s what Elsa and me tried to do in the show « Abril »."  João Paulo Santos

This artistic project invites on stage Joao Pereira dos Santos (Chinese pole) and Elsa Caillat (aerial rope) with a contemporanous screenplay inspired by Edward Hopper and the singular energy that we find enjoying countryside in springtime. The characters are trying to extend that special time, working on movement like huge inspirations, searching to create moments in suspend both ordinary and extraordinary.

Video artwork invites the audience to travel behind the apparent framework and to plunge into an extraoridnary daily life.

A new appartus, the stick-pole, sometimes suspended, sometimes free, symbolizes the meeting of the two physicalities, may we say the fusion, such as nature does at springtime when the elements are flowing out.

That piece is supported by an original soundtrack created by Tiago Cerqueira and performed in live, playing with ground sounds and windy music. 


By and with : João Paulo Santos and Elsa Caillat

Artistic advisor : Clémentine Lamouret

Choreographic view : Chloé Caillat

Music and sound design : Tiago Cerqueira and Bruno de Avezedo

Light design : Enzo Giordana

Production : Claire Perret



Co-production :

Centro Cultural Vila Flor – Guimaraes (Pt)

Le Théâtre, Scène Nationale de Mâcon (Fr)

Residencies :

Les Transversales – Verdun (Fr)

CIRCa, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque - Auch (Fr)

Le Sirque, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque - Nexon (Fr)

Dommelhof / Theater op de Markt – Neerpelt (Be)

O Espaço do Tempo - Montemor-O-Novo (Pt)

Partners :

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication avec l’aide à la création pour le cirque de la Direction Générale de la Création Artistique 2014
Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles - Ile de France avec l’aide à la production dramatique 2015

all ages from 5 years-old
55 min 
frontal show
dimensions of the stage : high : 6m / depth : 8m / opening : 10m

Anaïs Longiéras
tel : +33(0) 617 153 938
email : diffusion(a)oultimomomento.com


João Paulo Dos Santos
tel : +33(0) 663 176 395
email :  joao(a)oultimomomento.com


Eric le Pottier
tel : +33(0) 660 414 627
email : administration(a)oultimomomento.com

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