Ana Bigotte Vieira has a PhD in Communication Science/ Contemporary Culture – Communication and Arts from Universidade NOVA of Lisbon. Her PhD research, recently awarded with an Honorable Mention in Contemporary History by Mário Soares Foundation centers on the ‘cultural transformation’ that occurred in Portugal after it joined the European Union in the 1980s, focusing on the performative role played by the opening of the Modern Art Museum.
Vieira was a Visiting Scholar at Tisch/NYU Performance Studies from 2009 to 2012. She graduated in Modern and Contemporary History at ISCTE, and undertook post-graduate studies in Contemporary Culture at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and in Theatre Studies at Universidade de Lisboa. She works as a theatre and dance dramaturge. She is a researcher at IFILNOVA and IHC (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa), and CET (Universidade de Lisboa).
Vieira received a Dwight Conquergood Free Registration Award at PSi # 17, in Utrecht and was co-curator of Generative Indirections | PSi Regional Research Cluster in Portugal. Founding member of baldio | performance studies research collective and Jeux Sans Frontières/BUALA editorial platform. Her writings have been published in Le Monde Diplomatique, L’internationaleonline, Punkto Magazine, BUALA, idança, among others. She has been curating small-scale discursive and performative events around Arts and Politics together with Sandra Lang and is currently working together with choreographer João dos Santos Martins on project of collective historicization of Portuguese New Dance of the 1980s/1990s.
Ana Bigotte Vieira has translated, among others, Giorgio Agamben, Maurizio Lazzarato, Luigi Pirandello, Mark Ravenhill, Annibale Ruccello and Spiro Scimone. Together with Luis Trindade and Giulia Bonalli, she was co-curator of the cycle When Were the 1980s? IHC, Lisbon.
Joana Braga is an architect and researcher. She is currently a Phd candidate in Architecture at ISCTE-IUL with the Thesis Geographies of the Possible: imagining and reinterpreting urban space in European cities (2000-2014). She is a member of: DINAMIA (Centre of Studies on the Territory and Socio-economical Change–ISCTE-IUL), i2ads (Investigation Institute of Art andDesignand Society, FBAUP) and Moving Image Research Laboratory (Mcgill University, Montreal, Quebec).
Braga graduated in Architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa – FA-UL (2005) and she holds a Post-graduate degree in Bioclimatic Architecture from the same University. Braga is a member of baldio– performance studies experimental platform and she has curated a set of events called Meeting: of meetings as performative practices | of performative practices as meetings at Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisbon, March 2014).
Ricardo Seiça Salgado is an anthropologist and performer. The main research domain of interest is the relation between anthropology, theatre and politics. He made a PhD in anthropology (performance and education studies), at IUL – Lisbon University Institute, as visiting scholar at the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts – NYU.
To be published soon, the resulted thesis is “Politics of Dramatic Play: case study of a university theatre group”. He’s post-graduate in “Patrimony and Identity” (UIL), and “Emergent Cultures: From Criticism to Artistic Manifestations” (FCSH); graduate at anthropology Department of Coimbra’s University. He was invited professor at ESTAL in a performance arts graduation (2007 to 2010).
He’s a member of CRIA – Center for Research in Anthropology.
As a performer he made workshops in several techniques, working with Kelly Maurer (Suzuki Method and Viewpoints training); Andres Bezares (Clown technique); Jibz Cameron (Persona: Performing Yourself), Filipe Crawford (Commedia dell’ Art), Luís de Lima (gesture and speech), Marcia Haufrecht (Actor’s Studio Method), Paulo Lisboa (Actor’s Preparation), Paulo Filipe Monteiro (Techniques for a Free Actor), with the Living Theatre. He participated as an actor in several theatre productions and performances at CITAC, Escola da Noite, projecto BUH! and, recently, as director, in projecto BUH! and CITAC. He was involved in several short movies projects as an actor and made a documentary film about a theatre university group.
Recently, he directed “Camera Obscura” project (performative installation, photographic exhibition and video-installation) for European Capital of Culture – Guimarães 2012. Artistic director of projecto BUH!, where he develops independent productions.