Inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses, As Cinzas de Deus is a visual poem that merges the languages of dance and cinema, featuring a cast of award-winning Brazilian dancers and a haunting soundtrack mixed by France's premier producer, Kid Loco.

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"As Cinzas de Deus is a visual poem in a universe of realities. Set in the ruins of an abandoned, once grandiose 19th century city in Brazil, the film follows a woman returning to a world of memory and feeling, where characters - perhaps ‘trapped souls’ – are living and re-living moments from an unspecified past. In search for answers and completion she penetrates their dream-like reality, absorbs them, challenges them, releases them. Their memory bank gradually erased, they disappear into the ether. In a climactic finale she confronts her own personal nemesis. She survives the life-and-death confrontation, and, left behind, she dances alone, immersed in dust and eternity."

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“A unique cult movie”
Rio international Film Festival


TIME OUT London Critics' Choice

“Devastatingly beautiful”
The Barbican

“Stupendous. A sizzling and beautiful feature film.
The performance embodies the teachings of spiritual
theatre giant Grotowski. Striking.”
Time Out

The film’s haunting musical journey, mixed by Kid Loco, contains music by René Aubry, André Minvielle, A Silver Mt Zion, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Lepo Sumera and rare South-American boleros.

The sound design, supervised by Academy-Award® and multiple BAFTA winner Glenn Freemantle (‘Slumdog Millionaire', 'Gravity’), was re-recorded in Dolby Digital at Pinewood Studios.

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“The film creates a new aesthetic, magnificently interpreted by the dancers”
O Estado de Minas

“Scenes of great beauty and strong emotional content. A pioneering work”
Correio da Bahia

“Intense, flashbacking and highly stylised dance drama”

“Each and every frame, an exercise in beauty –
an intriguing, powerful and beautiful film”
Folha de São Paulo


Production Company: Maverick Motion Ltd in association with Zikzira Physical Theatre
Co-producer: Swiss TV DRS
Performers: Heloisa Domingues, Tuca Pinheiro, Ricardo de Paula Marise Dinis, Jacqueline Gimenes
Choreography: Fernanda Lippi
Director: Andre Semenza
Director of Photography: Marcus Waterloo
Executive Producer: Giorgio Semenza
Producers: Andre Semenza, Fernanda Lippi
Production Manager and Artistic Consultant: Ligia Lippi
Production Supervisior: Eduardo Andrade Production Coordinator: Rodrigo Signoretti
Editor: Simon Sykes
Music mix: Kid Loco
Music: Rene Aubry, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Veljo Tormis, Lepo Sumero, A Silver Mt. Zion, Kid Loco, Rosalina de Agricola, Leo Marini, Hugo Romani a.o.
Costumes: Marney Heitmann Make-up: Elizinha Silva
Sound Supervisor: Glenn Freemantle Sound Editing: Tom Sayers
Re-recording Mixer: Brendan Nicholson, Pinewood Studios
Website design: Andy Dockett Press person: Marcia Reikdal
Production Stills: Fabio Cançado Additional Photography Andre Semenza

73 min, 35mm
51’36” (TV)
© Maverick Motion Ltd 2003

Creative Team

Zikzira Physical Theatre was founded by Fernanda Lippi and Andre Semenza in 1999.

Fernanda Lippi

Award-winning Brazil-born choreographer Fernanda Lippi, founder of Zikzira Physical Theatre, has produced critically acclaimed work for film, stage and site-specific venues. Fernanda was awarded full scholarship and graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. As a solo artist, she performed ‘Canvas’ at the Tate Modern. Since 2001, Fernanda has choreographed all the company’s live productions, short and feature films, which have been shown at The Riverside Studios, The Barbican London, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Sesc São Paulo, amongst others. Fernanda curates the Zikzira Action Space, the first Brazilian organization to officially host the Grotowski Institute.

Andre Semenza
Artistic Director

Director of Zikzira’s sister company Maverick Motion Ltd, film maker Andre Semenza studied at the London International Film School and the London Drama Studio and subsequently worked in various capacities in physical theatre, opera and cinema. His critically acclaimed films have been exhibited at numerous international film festivals. Andre has directed and produced all of Zikzira’s live performances and films. With Fernanda Lippi, he curates the Zikzira Action Space.


How do I join Zikzira?
The company periodically holds auditions.
You can also submit your CV with a link of you performing (or send us a DVD). A minimum of three years professional experience required.

I would like to participate in a workshop.
Please check the zikzira actionspace website.

I would like to hire the zikzira action space studio in Brazil. In principal, the action space is not available for rental. However, some exceptions may be considered, such as photography shoots, festivals and other cultural events.

I would like to exhibit 'As Cinzas de Deus' ('Ashes of God')
The film is available on 35mm, Dolby Digital. Other formats can be discussed.

I would like to purchase a DVD of 'As Cinzas de Deus' ('Ashes of God')
The DVD, which contains the documentary "The Merging of Dance and Cinema: The Process" and other material will be available soon. Watch this space.

Contact Zikzira

Tel: +44 (0) 795017 4896

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