Ana Mira is a PhD candidate in Philosophy /Dance and Philosophy at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a researcher fellow FCT, Portugal. She has been doing extensive training in dance in Europe and USA. She has been mostly influenced by Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Eva Karczag, Sofia Neuparth, Peter Michael Dietz, Howard Sonnenklar, Kirstie Simson.
As a performer Ana Mira worked with Pauline de Groot, Russell Dumas and, currently, Rosemary Butcher. Her last choreographic work was the adaptation of the solo At Once, by Deborah Hay (SPCP/2009), première at Teatro Maria Matos (2010).
During her research she attended seminars at CRMEP — Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy /Kingston University (Londres), Tisch School of the Arts/NYU e New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Nova Iorque), Dance Studio Pauline de Groot (Amesterdão); as a researcher fellow of Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2009/2012), Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian (2008), Department of Cultural and International Relations/ Ministry of Culture of Portugal (2002/2003), respectively.
She has been teaching Movement Research, Dance Studies and Dance and Philosophy at C.E.M., Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa, FMH, Espaço Evoé (PT); Experiencia Danza (ES); Dance Studio Pauline de Groot (NL); Independent Dance (UK); amongst others.
AND_Lab is an artistic research and scientific creativity laboratory, produced by RE.AL and directed by João Fiadeiro and Fernanda Eugénio. AND_Lab is born of the need to frame, under the same roof, a set of relations that have been developing and asserting themselves between the method of Real Time Composition and researchers and institutions connected with Anthropology, Economy/Management, Neurobiology or Complex Systems Science. This is a movement that has recently acquired a significant dynamics, leading João Fiadeiro to direct workshops in M.A., post-graduation and Ph.D. programmes at schools and universities associated with these disciplines, both in Portugal and abroad.
Beatriz Cantinho | Coreographer. PhD in Dance and Philosophy at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University. Visiting Scholar at N.Y.U/TISCH (performance and cinema departments). Internship in Noh Theatre at Kyoto Art Centre (JP) and at Royal de Luxe theatre company (FR). As an artist, for the past 17 years she has been developing professional work as a choreographer (“Parde2”, “Scch…um ensaio sobre o silêncio”, “Singularity”). In recent years her work has been mostly developed in collaboration with other artists, where movement plays a fundamental role within interdisciplinary composition between the visual arts, performance, sound and cinema. (C. Spencer Yeah, Ricardo Jacinto, Vangelis Lymporidis, Shiori Usui, Herwig Turk, Valério Romão). Her individual and collective work has been presented in Portugal (CCB, MNAC, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian), France (Guillotine gallery), U.K (SARC, DanceBase, Blue Elephante Theatre), Germany (Festival Transmedial 07, TESLA) and Austria (MAK, UNIKUM). Heracademic research has been presented at Edinburgh University, Chelsea College of Art, Cambridge University and Surrey University.
Buala is a Cultural Association’s Internet site. This is the first multidisciplinary portal dedicated to the critique, record and reflection on contemporary African cultures expressed in Portuguese language, producing texts and offering French and English translations. Buala (in quimbundo Bwala) means home, village, community, and a meeting place. The project’s “geography” will be shaped according to the origins of the contributions made to it. A landscape carved through nomadic paths, rather than settled ones. The Portuguese language, celebrated in the diversity of its sources – Portugal, Brazil and Africa – in dialogue with the world.
GHOST is an association founded in 2011 in Lisbon by the portuguese photographer Patrícia Almeida and the french editor/curator David-Alexandre Guéniot. Its goal is to take part of the production of artistic and theoretical-practical contents in the most diverse ways (artistic researches, exhibitions, residencies, meetings and debates) that focus on an experimental approach. It also aims to extend these initiatives through the apropriation of the produced contents and by reinvesting them in the shape of books. The name GHOST emerges from the CYCLE OF RESIDENCIES organized in 2011 under the same name, where the combination of the words ‘Guest’ and ‘Host’, worked as a programmatic guideline and aimed to establish a circular connection in the curatorial and editorial practices and in the transfers of the authorial relationships.
José Alberto Ferreira
Pedro Manuel is a portuguese theatremaker and a PhD researcher at Theatre Studies in Utrecht University, with a scholarship by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, supervised by Prof. Maaike Bleeker. Pedro studied Philosophy developing his final work on the theme of Dramatic Illusion, researching the notion of “mimesis”, supervised by José Gil. Followed by MA in Theatre Studies, developed his work around the notion of “death” from T. Kantor’s suggestion of an historical lineage of this concept which, in the limit, proposes the withdrawal of the actor from stage. Giving continuity to this theme, is currently researching on performances where the actor is replaced by spectators, non-actors, technology or nature, proposing the possibility to address a notion of “theatre without actors” and it’s influence on theatre discourse and practice.
As an artist, Pedro created performances that reflect these theoretical developments, through an experimental and political theatre making concerned with the actor’s presence agency and modes of theatrical representation.
Rita M. Rufino Valente
Susana Mendes Silva (Lisboa, 1972) is a visual artist and a performer. Since the mid 1990’s Susana have been creating a fragmented and antilinear body of work, making use of such diverse media as photography, video, installation, drawing and performance. She studied Sculpture in FBAUL (Lisbon, PT), and also in the MPhil/PhD Fine Art (Studio Based Research) at Goldsmiths College for which she was awarded a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She has a PhD based in her practice – Performance as an Intimate Encounter – by the College of the Arts of the University of Coimbra. Susana is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Évora lecturing in the Landscape Architecture MA since 1999.
Sílvia Pinto Coelho (PT, 1975) is a choreographer, dancer and researcher. She is currently writing her PhD thesis Corpo, Imagem e Pensamento in the Communication and Arts PhD Program at F.C.S.H, U.N. in Lisbon, with a grant from F. C. T. She did a master degree in “Contemporary Culture and New Technologies” (2010), a licence degree in Anthropology also at F.C.S.H. (2006); and she has completed a bachelor degree in Dance Performance at E.S.D. (1996). She did the Forum Dança intensive course for contemporary dancers (1997/1999). Sílvia has presented her choreographic work across Portugal, and also in Berlin where she lived for three years, and in Madrid. Sílvia has been collaborating with various artists in choreographic research projects, pedagogy and films.
Stress.fm is a radio station, based in Lisbon. It is a non-profit cultural platform, born out of the social and technological turbulence of the early twenty-first century. Stress.fm is interested in exploring the artistic connections between analog and digital media. Culture is the starting point for a permanent inquiry about the world, its societies, and their relationships.
Teresa Fradique (Lisboa, 1971) Anthropologist, professor and researcher in the fields of the Anthropology of the Arts and Performance. Her work crosses ethnographic research with critical reflection and artistic projects in the fields of the visual arts, theatre, design and urban cultures. Conducted field work and research on rap music, youth culture and national identity in post-colonial Portugal, which resulted in the publication of the book Fixar o Movimento: Representações da música Rap em Portugal (2003). She is currently researcher at CRIA and Assistant Professor at the Arts and Design Superior School of Caldas da Rainha, where she was involved in the coordination, until 2010, of a Master in Theatre. Works as a consultant of critical monitoring of artistic projects in the fields of performiance and visual arts. She is also preparing a doctoral thesis on contemporary theatre and the work with non-professional actors. Currently developing research interests that radicalise the debate on the fluidity of contemporary cultural and artistic practices.
Vera Mantero studied classical dance with Anna Mascolo and worked in Ballet Gulbenkian in Lisbon between 1984 and 1989. She started creating her own choreography in 1987 and since 1991 she has been showing her work all over Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Singapore, South Korea and USA. From her choreographic work she points out her solos “Perhaps she could dance first and think afterwards” (1991), “Olympia” (1993) and “one mysterious Thing, said e.e.cummings*” (1996), as also her group pieces “Under” (1993), “For Boring and Profound Sadnesses” (1994), “Poetry and Savagery” (1998), “Until the moment when God is destroyed by the extreme exercise of beauty” (2006) and her latest piece “We are going to miss everything we don’t need” (2009). Vera Mantero participates regularly in international improvisation projects alongside improvisers and choreographers as Lisa Nelson, Mark Tompkins, Meg Stuart and Steve Paxton. Since the year 2000 Vera Mantero is dedicating herself also to vocal work by singing the repertoire of several authors and co-creating experimental music projects. In 1999 the Theatre Culturgest in Lisbon organized during one month a retrospective of her work created until then, which was entitled “Month of March, Month of Vera”. “Eating your heart out”, a work created in collaboration with the sculptor Rui Chafes, represented Portugal at the 26th Biennial of São Paulo 2004. In 2002 Vera Mantero was awarded the Almada Prize (IPAE/Ministry of Culture) and in 2009 the prestigious Gulbenkian Art Prize for her career as a performer and choreographer.