Cláudia Dias

Concept and Artistic Director

Cláudia Dias was born in Lisbon in 1972. She is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Performing Arts at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. 

She began her dance training at Academia Almadense and received a scholarship to continue her training with Companhia de Dança de Lisboa. She completed the training program for Contemporary Dance performers at Fórum Dança and the Professional Course in Management of Cultural Organizations and Projects organized by Cultideias. 

She began working as a performer with Grupo de Dança de Almada. She was part of the artists’ collective Ninho de Víboras. She collaborated with Re.Al and was a key performer in João Fiadeiro’s work and in the development, systematization, and transmission of the technique of Real-time Composition. 

Dias created the following pieces: One Woman Show, Visita Guiada, Das coisas nascem coisas, Vontade De Ter Vontade, and Nem tudo o que dizemos tem de ser feito nem tudo o que fazemos tem de ser dito.

She developed the educational project Nesta Parte Esquinada da Península with Azala, Muelle 3, La Fundición, and Festival BAD.

Since 2007, she regularly teaches workshops in Choreographic Composition and Real-time Composition. 

Her work as a choreographer, performer, and teacher has been presented by many organizations, theaters, and festivals in Portugal and abroad. 

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It has education in theater, dance, puppet theater and objects, philosophy and martial arts. Highlights as outstanding formative experiences: the Internship in the International Institut de la Marionette with Phillipe Genty in 1995 and The Meeting Space by the architect Jean Phillipe Vassal at FIMP 2005.

From 1993 to 1999 he is in the permanent team of the Theater of Puppets of Porto under the direction of João Paulo Seara Cardoso.

In 1999 founded Ferro Theater (teatro do Ferro), of which he is co-artistic director and resident director where he directed and co-directed with Carla Veloso more than 30 creations.

Published texts: Lura - Vila Flor Cultural Center, Boa União - Viriato Theater, Proceedings of the National Conference of Artistic Education 2007, O Tripeiro, Comedies of Minho, 10 Years, Le Monde Diplomatique, Móin-Móin - Brazilian Journal of Theater Studies Animated Forms and in the French newspaper L'Humanité.

Teacher and trainer in several institutions: University of Évora, Higher Institute of Educational Sciences, Balleteatro Professional School, Lisbon Higher Education School, among others.

Artistic director of the International Puppet Festival of Porto since 2009.

Integra since 2013 the Artistic Commission of Comedies of Minho.

Awarded by the Portuguese Club of Arts and Ideas in the O Teatro na Década em 1997 competition. Revelation Prize Ribeiro da Fonte - Theater 2004 by the Ministry of Culture / Institute of Arts. Cultural and Scientific Merit Medal of the Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia - 2005. Aquilino Ribeiro Trophy - Revelation 2005 by Jornal do Centro, Viseu.

Luca Bellezze

Invited artist for Tuesday

After his degree in Psychology in 2003 (Bologna - IT), Luca Bellezze begins to play accordion and working with puppets and juggling - his first street performances. In Italy he attends various courses: social theater (Isole Comprese Teatro), mime (Bianca Francioni), and clown (Leo Bassi, Avner the Eccentric, Andrè Casaca, Philip Radice). He continues his training at various European schools, studying circus (“Flic” – Turin – IT, “Guzei” – Moscow - RU), theater (“Atelier of Phisical Theater Philip Radice” – Turin - IT), and clown (“International Clown School” - Ibiza). At the moment he is studying diatonic accordion with Simone Bottasso and is enrolled at “CLI” (Utrecht - NL) and Mod.A.I. institute in Turin (funcional singing method). He works as street performer and in performing art festivals since 2003.

Jaime Neves

Performer Monday

Jaime Henrique Neves, born in November 1968 in Luanda, holds certificates in Real Estate Management and Sports Coaching. He is a Muay-Thai Master and holds a black belt (8th Dan) in Kickboxing.

He is president of the Portuguese National Grading Council, Portuguese Kickboxing and Muay-Thai Federation, and the Pombalense Recreational Club, as well as founder and technical director of “Team Never Shake” Sports and Combat Academy.

He is a founding member of the World Muay-Thai Federation (Bangkok) in 1995 and served as vice-president and president of the National Arbitration Council of the Portuguese Kickboxing Federation from 1997 to 2002.

From 2004 to 2010 he was the Portugal-Brazil regional director of “SuperLeague”, a Vienna-based producer of Kickboxing and Muay-Thai performances. He established the first training and recruitment center for professional combat athletes in São Paulo, Brazil.

He is a well-respected leader and coach in the Kickboxing and Muay-Thai communities and has led training programs for coaches and referees.

He is a recipient of the following awards, honors, and titles: Portuguese Kickboxing Federation Sports Personality of the Year (2003); Portuguese Kickboxing Federation Referee of the Year (2001); Portugal Sports Confederation Leader of the Year (1998); Referee Coordinator at the European Muay-Thai Championship (Barcelona, March 1998); and three-time Portuguese National Muay-Thai Champion, Class A category, under 60 kg division (1987, 1988, 1989).

 

Pablo Fidalgo Lareo

Invited artist for Monday

(Vigo, 1984) He has written the poetry book La educación física (Pre-textos, 2010), selected by El Cultural among the five best books of poetry published in 2010 in Spain. In 2012, he has won the Injuve Poetry Award with the book La retirada. He has published the artist book El tiempo de las tragedias absurdas (Fundación Cuña-Casasbellas, 2012). In 2013, he published Mis padres: Romeo y Julieta (Pre-textos) that was released in Portuguese in 2015 by Averno. His texts have been selected for several anthologies, and they have been translated into several languages.

As a solo artist he created the performance O estado salvaxe. Espanha 1939 (2013) that had been shown at different festivals in Spain, Portugal and Argentina and it was on tour in 2014 and 2015.

His piece for teenagers First we make the difficult, than we will do the imposible, was performed by Ana Borralho and João Galante, and was part of Ciclo PANOS at Culturgest (Lisbon 2015). His work has been featured in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.

Fidalgo has collaborated with the artists Miguel Bonneville (¿Qué hacen a estas horas los coroneles?, 2014), Fon Román (Persona non grata, 2014), Uxía P. Vaello (Quiñones/Vaello, 2014) and Estefanía García (La democracia, 2009). He collaborates as independent curator for the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo and has been curator of Resistencias (2011) and Material memoria (2013-2014).

Besides, he has been curator of El grado cero del teatro. Reescribir la historia desde la escena (Alhóndinga Bilbao, 2014) and he is consultant for several festivals. Since 2014, he directs the project MARCO Escena. He lives and works in Lisbon.

Jorge Louraço Figueira

Critical Eye

Jorge Louraço Figueira studied dramaturgy with Antonio Mercado and Sanchis Sinisterra. He is the author of several theatre texts including Roda do Mosteiro Velho (2014), Cassandra de Balaclava (2013), Xmas qd Kiseres (2002) and O Espantalho Teso (2000). He directed Conta-me Como É (2014) at Teatrão (Coimbra), with texts by Jorge Palings, Sandra Pinheiro, and Pedro Marques. In Brazil, he worked with directors Marco Antonio Rodrigues and Cibele Forjaz, among others, and wrote Verás que tudo é verdade, about the Folias theater company in São Paulo. He teaches at ESMAE, writes critiques for the newspaper Público, and is working towards his doctoral degree at Universidade de Coimbra, with a grant from FCT. 

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António Jorge Gonçalves

António Jorge Gonçalves born and lives in Lisbon. He graduated in Communication Design at the Fine Arts University in Lisbon and received a Master's Degree in Scenography for Theater at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, where he was a Fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

He teaches Performative Spaces in the Master's Degree in Performing Arts (FSCH, Lisbon).

His work involves editorial illustration, visual performance and political cartoon.

He is the author of several graphic novels among which the trilogy Filipe Seems (with Nuno Artur Silva), A Suprema Arte e Rei (with Rui Zink), for which he was awarded several times at the Amadora International BD Festival.

He made visual direction in several theater plays, including What Molero and Arte Says (António Feio's plays) and How To Do Things With Words (with Ricardo Araújo Pereira). He recently wrote, designed and performed Barriga da Baleia and A Montanha, theatrical creations for childhood.

He created the Subway Life project, drawing people sitting in subway carriages in various cities around the world.

Since 2003, he publishes a political cartoon in Inimigo Público (Public newspaper): he has been distinguished several times in the World Press Cartoon and has seen his drawings published in Le Monde, Courrier Internacional and several international collections.

His Digital Drawing performances have taken place all over the world, involving artists such as Bulllet, Kalaf, Amélia Muge, Micro Audio Waves, Gino Robair, Ellen Fullman, Mário Laginha and Bernardo Sassetti.

He was honored in 2014 with the National Illustration Award (DGLB) for Uma Escuridão Bonita (with the writer Ondjaki). 

Bruno Canas

Bruno Canas (Lisbon) is a multidisciplinary artist with a work progressively focused in new media and a language close to video art, with a universe that merges video, interactive installation, 3D, fiction and documentary. He first took a degree in design and communication (IADE), having then pursued training in new technologies in Milan; he also attended the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme (Course in 3D Animation Filmmaking) directed by the renowned French School, Supinfocom.

Working regularly with established national and international theater and dance companies and independent creators from diferent areas, he also continues to direct short films, series and documentaries, his latest short film being "The Part" / “A Peça”, 2015, comissioned as a short fiction movie for the exhibition "Lisbon Light” at the Museum of Lisbon, and later selected for the Fantasporto’16 Festival. 

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