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  [Artist in Residence] Filipe Caldeira
[Artist in Residence] Filipe Caldeira

Filipe Caldeira (Vila do Conde, 1982) starts studying object manipulation empirically in the year 2000, focusing on the technique that presents a raw quality strongly influenced by the Finnish circus. He develops a specific interest in the synergy between body and object, repositioning himself within the hierarchical relation between those two elements. Over the years of practice his interest moves away from technical virtuosity in favour of the immaterial, the body and the voice as autonomous triggers. His stance on circus, dance and theatre became the object of self-questioning, resulting in a hybrid language and a distorted virtuosity of a body that is shaped and misshapen with experience. His first steps as a professional author and performer take place in 2005. He is artist in residence supported by Circular Associação Cultural since 2015.
 
  [Artist in Residence] Joclécio Azevedo
[Artist in Residence] Joclécio Azevedo

Joclécio Azevedo was born in Brazil in 1969.
He has been living in Porto since 1990. He has worked in different artistic disciplines, focusing more intensively on choreographic creation since 1999. He has participated regularly in creative and research projects, developing collaborations and integrating artistic residencies in various contexts. In addition to his work as a performer, he has developed training activities related to choreography, dramaturgy and performance.
He was artistic director of the Núcleo de Experimentação Coreográfica between 2006 and 2011. From 2010 he joined the GDA plenary board and the Board of Curators of Fundação GDA. Resident Artist of the Circular Cultural Association from 2012. Since 2013 he has regularly participated as a trainer at FAICC - Advanced training in interpretation and choreographic creation of the Companhia Instável. In 2016 he collaborates as a guest assistant in the Specialization Course in Performance at FBAUP. He is a collaborating member of i2ADS Institute of Research in Art, Design and Society of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.
 
  Clara Amaral
Clara Amaral

Clara Amaral works with text and performance. Her artistic practice is situated in an interdisciplinary perspective, questioning what it means to be a reader, to be a writer, aiming to expand existing modes of reading and writing. Central to her practice is the investigation of innovative publishing modalities and the performative aspect of writing and language through an intersectional feminist approach.

 
  CZN
CZN

CZN stands for copper, zinc and nickel the raw path of materials used by percussionist and sculptor Joao Pais Filipe, composer and drummer Valentina Magaletti (from the great Tomaga) and producer Leon Marks. This is ritual music for the whole family.

 
  Drumming Percussion Group
Drumming Percussion Group

Drumming Percussion Group is a percussion ensemble dedicated to contemporary music, founded and directed by Miquel Bernat, in Porto, in 1999. Since then, it has established itself as one of the most important percussion internationally, contributing to sound innovation without neglecting the didactic-pedagogical and social aspects. Drumming GP projects go from classical percussion to jazz, electronics and rock music, and also include the development of stage, opera and ballet music, working closely with composers. The vigor of the group’s performances is a factor of attraction and interaction wth the audience. Marked by a great adaptability to all kinds of spaces and contexts - from large national and international concert halls, open spaces, schools, universities or theaters in the interior of the country - the Drumming GP reaches diverse audiences in age, interests and social condition, including the most demanding of music lovers. In 2016, the Portuguese newspaper Público chooses Drumming GP’s  latest CD “MARES”, as their first choice and best classical music cd of the year. Drumming Grupo de Percussão (Percussion Group) is a percussion ensemble dedicated to contemporary music, founded and directed by Miquel Bernat, in Porto, in 1999. Since then, it has established itself as one of the most important percussion groups internationally, contributing to sound innovation without neglecting the didactic-pedagogical and social aspects. Drumming GP projects go from classical percussion to jazz, electronics and rock music, and also include the development of stage, opera and ballet music, working closely with composers. The vigor of the group’s performances is a factor of attraction and interaction with the audience. Marked by a great adaptability to all kinds of spaces and contexts - from large national and international concert halls, open spaces, schools, universities or theaters in the interior of the country - Drumming GP reaches diverse audiences in age, interests and social condition, including the most demanding of music lovers. In 2016, the Portuguese newspaper Público chose Drumming GP’s CD “MARES”, as their first choice for best classical music cd of the year. The group's work on “Archipelago”, a monographic CD dedicated to Luís Tinoco, has received the best international reviews and it was broadcasted by many international radios. Drumming was considered by Andrew McGregor (BBC Radio 3) “one of the best percussion groups in recent years”. On 2020 Drumming was nominated for two Play Prizes (Portugal): Best Jazz Album Category - "Liturgy of the Birds", with pianist and composer Daniel Bernardes; and Best Classical Music Album Category with "Archipelago" having won the last one. Also released in 2020, the CD "Textures & Lines" has been reaching wider audiences and was considered by the specialized press as one of the best albums of the year in Portugal.

 
  Ji Hye Chung, Hwayeon Nam, João dos Santos Martins
Ji Hye Chung, Hwayeon Nam, João dos Santos Martins

Hwayeon Nam (b.1979) lives and works in Seoul. Along with her most recent exhibition Mind Stream(2020) at Art Sonje Center, Nam’s solo exhibitions include Abdominal Routes (Kunsthal Aarhus, 2019), Imjingawa (Audio Visual Pavilion, 2017) and Time Mechanics (Arko Art Center, 2015). Hwayeon Nam represented Korea at the 58th Venice Biennale’s Korean Pavilion with siren eun young jung and Jane Jin Kaisen in 2019. She has participated in group exhibitions Reenacting History (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 2017), All the World’s Future (56th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, 2015), and Nouvelle Vague—Memorial Park (Palais de Tokyo, 2013). She also made several performance works including Orbital Studies(2018) at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Seoul.

Ji Hye Chung collaborated with artists from various fields in Korea and Europe through choreography and performance. She is interested in the paradox that appears when conflicting concepts coexist within social and personal issues, and is interested in expanding the range of communication that can be communicated with the work, focusing on movement. In addition, she analyzes the reason for the action that the movement makes, and looks into the social waves generated by accumulation in the body. Recent choreography works include "Open Letter (2020)", "Air Becomes Ears, Ears Become Eyes." (2020), "Untitled" (2018), and "All About Memory" (2018). Some of the performances included "DDR" (2020, Lyon Eun Kwon), "Body Landscape" (2020, Jung-sun Kim x Jae-lee Kim), "Ehera Noara" (2020, Hwa-yeon Nam), "Postcards from Vietnam" (2020, Raimund Hoghe).

João dos Santos Martins (Santarém, 1989) is an artist based in Lisbon and Paris whose work encompasses a wide range of forms, including choreography, exhibition and publication.
He studied dance and choreography in various institutions across Europe between 2007 and 2011, including P.A.R.T.S. and e.x.er.c.e.
His practice has been developed through diverse collaborations with artists such as Min Kyoung Lee, Cyriaque Villemaux, Rita Natálio, Pedro Neves Marques, Ana Jotta and Teatro Praga. He also performs in the works of Ana Rita Teodoro, Eszter Salamon, Moriah Evans and Xavier Le Roy.
He recently curated a cycle of performances, exhibitions, talks and workshops reflecting on the history of dance in Portugal and founded the semi-annual journal Coreia dedicated to the discourse of the arts and artists.


 
  João Pais Filipe and Mónica Baptista
João Pais Filipe and Mónica Baptista

João Pais Filipe (b. 1980) is a drummer/percussionist and sound sculptor from Porto. His career as a musician is characterized by the approach to a wide range of styles and languages, in bands like Sektor 304, Friedman & Pais, HHY&The Macumbas, Unzen Pilot, Paisiel, Montanha Magnética, Talea Jacta, Two White Monsters Around a Round Table, Space Quartet, CZN, among others, while maintaining regular activity in the world of improvised music, having participated in numerous projects alongside such as Burnt Friedman, Steve Hubback, Fritz Hauser, Evan Parker, Marcello Magliocchi, Z'EV, Carlos “Zíngaro” and Rafael Toral. In addition to his musical journey, João Pais Filipe develops Gong Making, Cymbalsmithing and other metal percussion instruments, through which he explores the acoustic properties of these objects as their potential sculptural dimension and imagery.

Mónica Baptista (born in 1984) is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker based in Porto, Portugal. She studied Fine Arts-Painting and has delved into photography, experimental cinema and documentary, using mainly analog formats as Super8, 16mm and 35mm.
Held several artist residencies: ZDB - Lisbon, Location One - New York, Crater Lab - Barcelona, Atelier 105 - Light Cone - Paris and LEC in Mexico City.
She collaborated in expanded cinema performances with the musicians Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Pedro Burmester and João Pais Filipe.
Her works have been screened and exhibited worldwide in galleries, museums and film festivals.
Her filmography includes “Água Forte” (2018), “May a Hundred Bolts of Lightning Open You” (co-directed, 2015), “Looms” (2014), “Diary “ (2010) BES Revelation Award - shown at Serralves Museum, and the documentary “Territories” (2009) premiered at Critics Week (Cannes) and winner of the Best Director award at the Visions du Réel festival (Switzerland).
She is co-founder of the cooperative Laia, a production and research project in the field of experimental cinema.

 
  Los Detectives
Los Detectives

Los Detectives are Mariona Naudin, María García Vera and Marina Colomina. The company, established in 2016 in Barcelona, develops projects that investigate concurrently "the feminine" and the possibilities of the scene; questioning the limits of both to generate their own language by the themes they address and the formats they propose. Each of them comes from fields such as anthropology, film and fine arts. They take advantage of their interests to expand their scenic proposals and spill over into a more plastic look at the body, which is nourished by exhaustive field work, interpreting bibliographic references from history, philosophy, film and art, taking “the theatrical” to a personal out of the field:

We are especially interested in exploring fragility, ridicule and experience as a place of knowledge.

We are driven by the desire to link humor, body and thought from our feminine identities. We are delving into strategies of estrangement, trying to dialogue with the intelligence of the audience, putting into play the abilities of the performers.

Our work is fresh and fun and reaches all kinds of people.

So far, we have done two pieces; the first, Kopfkino (Mercat de les Flors, 2016) explores the repercussions of the consumption of audiovisual fictions on female bodies and on our identities as women from a critical perspective, as a physical collage with a lot of humor. In our second work Pienso casa, digo silla (Festival Grec, 2019), we enter the world of medieval mystics and especially the figure of Hildegard von Bingen to talk about the potentiality of belief and toclaim the experiential knowledge that these female visionary voices have contributed to history; we build a narrative inspired by them and approach the issue from a contemporary perspective.

At the moment, we are starting the creation of Concrete Matter, a work where the referents we take on will be on stage with us. And this time we will work with the closest ones, our mothers, to elucidate/unveil in a very physical way our relationship with pleasure.

 
  Raul Maia
Raul Maia

Raul Maia is a Portuguese physical performance artist. His focus as a maker is in creating frames for physical behaviour practices, from which physical language can arise and be re-contextualized into an artistic object. He splits his time between his own work and his ongoing artistic collaboration with Belgium choreographer Thomas Steyaert. His work has been shown in festivals and houses such as ImpulsTanz(at), Xplore dance Festival(ro), Potsdam Tanzfabrik(de), Idans Istanbul(tur), Tanzquartier (at), WUK(at) and Brut(at), D.D.D. (pt) among others. As a performer he has collaborated with ultima vez/ Wim Vendekeybus, Tino Sehgal, Fanni Futterknecht, Alexander Gottfarb, Sofia Dias and Vitor Roriz, Paul Wenninger and Catarina Miranda amongst others.
 
  Volmir Cordeiro
Volmir Cordeiro

Born in 1987, Volmir Cordeiro first studied theatre before working with Brazilian choreographers Alejandro Ahmed, Cristina Moura and Lia Rodrigues. He joined the “Essais” (Tests) course in 2011, at the National Centre for Contemporary Dance in Angers, under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh. In November 2018, he defended his doctoral thesis on marginal figures in contemporary dance at Paris 8 University, which is to be published in 2019. He has performed in pieces by Xavier Le Roy, Emmanuelle Huynh, Vera Mantero and Latifa Laâbissi, etc.In 2013, he choreographed and performed his first solo in France, "Sky", then another, "Inês" in 2014 and in March 2015, the duo "Epoch" with Marcela Santander Corvalán. He completed his first cycle of works, composed of three solos including Sky and Inês, with "Street", created in October 2015 at the Louvre Museum, in collaboration with the Paris International Contemporary Art Fair, FIAC. In February of 2017, he created a piece for four dancers, "The Eye the Mouth and the Rest" in Brest.He teaches regularly in choreography programmes, such as P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, the Exerce Master (ICI-CCN Montpellier, France) and the Drama Master (Kask Conservatorium, Gand, Belgium). Volmir Cordeiro was an associated artist at the Ménagerie de Verre in 2015, and has been an associated artist at the National Dance Centre (CND) in Pantin since 2017. He is also a resident research artist at Ateliers Médicis, in Clichy-sous-bois.