raul maia

the ballet of Paul Ace and Sunny Lovin


          Paul and Sunny perform a series of actions according to a pre-described order 


                         holding                                                        meeting

talking                                                    building                                        throwing   


  standing                                                                                    hitting

           waiting                             pushing


  drumming                                         hanging                                                looking 

  dancing                               separating    


The Ballet of Paul Ace and Sunny Lovin is the 3rd stage work by Raul Maia and Thomas Steyaert. As in all of their previous works, non-representational physical communication plays an essential role in the performance. Their artistic practice aims to develop forms of physical behaviour without the use of recognizable gestures.

This 3rd work  introduces objects as mediums that mediate the communication and become animate as a result of the physical dialogue. Maia and Steyaert perform their dialogues within static and restricted physical configurations. Each configuration seems to impose a new form of language. The sum of these different physical languages outlines an absurd and puzzling experience.

concept and performance: Thomas Steyaert / Raúl Maia

sound: Peter Kutin / Raul Maia / Thomas Steyaert

stage design: Raúl Maia / Thomas Steyaert

light design: Sabine Wiesenbauer

costume design: Irma Saje

production: Clélia Colonna


Financed by: stadt Wien (MA7) and bundeskanzleramt österreich kunst und kultur

Co-produced by: WUK and Im-Flieger

Supported by: Wild Card programme as part of Life Long Burning project


Residencies: Jatka 78 (CZ) Tala Dance Center (HR), Espaço do Tempo (PT), Sítio / casa do Pombal (PT), Rivoli Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT), Im Flieger (AT).