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Biographies (A-Z)
  [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.
  Angélica Salvi, Bio La Skimal
Angélica Salvi, Bio La Skimal

Angélica Salvi

Born in Spain, but a resident of Porto since 2011, where she teaches at the local Music Conservatory, her career includes collaborations with Evan Parker, Casa da Música Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modelo 62, Brokkenfabriek, Butch Morris, and works developed for Sonoscopia or Balleteatro.  Phantone, recorded during Encontrarte de Amares event inside the Rendufe Monastery, seeks sound freedom and explores the ways though which sound can inhabit a space using different layers and paths. The “phantom” that exist in the seven pieces of Phantone is very real, but less formal than you think. More an affirmation than a presence, whether in the imagined places of Salvi's music or in the concrete effects that the recording in the monastery induced in her music. Music that you read, hear, smell, feel and taste.

Bio La Skimal

Isabel Flores, known as La Skimal, audiovisual creator, has spent 15 years documenting the most diverse cultures, including that of her birthplace, Ibiza. In summer there and in winter going to the most remote places in the world to transform experiences into documentary stories.
That’s how being the photographer of Paris Hilton or Idris Elba in Ibiza, she would jump to give photography classes in Calcutá or to accompany a Mexican shaman to the desert of Wirikuta.
She has lived in different capitals of the world to create synergies with artists from different disciplines and to incorporate them into her own personal creative process.
She has held solo and group exhibitions around the world, and participated in renowned festivals such as Format Festival, Experimental Photography or the Visual Arts Festival in Mexico City. Last year she was recognized with the “Balearic Talent Award.
  Filipe Pereira
Filipe Pereira

Filipe Pereira is a choreographer, dancer and floral designer. As a choreographer, he highlights the pieces “Nova Criação” and “O que fica do que passa”, in collaboration with Teresa Silva; and “Hale - Study for an artificial organism”, in collaboration with Aleksandra Osowicz, Inês Campos, Helena Matos and Matthieu Ehrlacher. As a dancer he has been working with João dos Santos Martins, Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz, Dinis Machado, Beatriz Cantinho and Martine Pisani, among others. As a designer he develops his project “Antese”, in which he creates oral displays for different purposes.
  João dos Santos Martins
João dos Santos Martins

João dos Santos Martins is an artist working with dance and choreography between various formats since the creation of performances, exhibitions, editions and program of events.
  José Maria Vieira Mendes
José Maria Vieira Mendes

José Maria Vieira Mendes writes mainly for theatre, but the has also published essays and short fiction texts. He is a member of Teatro Praga and part of the artistic direction of Rua das Gaivotas 6, in Lisbon. His texts have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has also translated plays by Beckett, Harold Pinter, Heiner Müller, R.W. Fassbinder, Bertolt Brecht, René Pollesch, etc., and he has written two librettos and writes occasionally for visual artists.
He has more recently published Arroios, diary of a diary (fiction) in 2015 and his second book of plays One Thing and an essay, One Thing Is Not the Other (2016). He has published several articles on theatre and art, promotes workshops, and is invited to teach in seminars and conferences. He is currently teaching at Nova University Lisbon and Lisbon’s Theatre School.
  Luís Guerra, Vera Mantero
Luís Guerra, Vera Mantero

Luís Guerra Completed education in dance at Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon simultaneously with academic studies equivalent with the 12th year of regular programs (1995-2003); education in choreography at Programa Gulbenkian Criatividade e Criação Artísticas at Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisboa (2005); and uncompleted higher studies in European Studies at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa. Currently he studies drawing and painting at ArCo in Lisboa.
Professional experience as a dancer and/or performer with the following choreographers, directors, music bands, theatre makers and/or companies: Tânia Carvalho (since 2006), Simon Vincenzi (since 2007), Vera Mantero, Emio Greco|PC, Rui Horta, Miguel Moreira, Paulo Ribeiro, Ballet Gulbenkian [Marie Chouinard], Clara Andermatt, Sunday Show, António da Silva, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Mariana Tengner Barros, Félix Lozano, Luiz Antunes, Sérgio Matias, MimimicalKix, João Garcia Miguel, Pedro Barateiro, Inês Jacques, Mão Morta, Christophe Haleb, José Laginha, Alexandre Roccoli, Hugo Vieira da Silva, Shan Ng, Salomé Lamas, Rui Lopes Graça, Beatriz Cantinho, Cláudia Nóvoa, Elisabete Magalhães, Carlos Oliveira, Manuel Guerra, Claudia Castellucci [formation] etc. Participation in the projects Colina 2003 in Montemor-o-Novo and SiWiC 2005 in Zurique. He was highlighted by Dance Europe Magazine by his interpretation in the piece ‘’Falling Eyes’’ by Tânia Carvalho.
Professional experience as a choreographer assistant for the remaking or the original creation of pieces by: Tânia Carvalho at Ballet de la Opera de Lyon and at Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Lisbon; Rui Horta at Carte Blanche Company in Bergen. He is rehearsal assistant in ‘’Oneironaut’’ by Tânia Carvalho.
Professional experience as a choreographer since 2005, having been a member of the collective Bomba Suicida from 2008 till its extinction in 2014. Participation at the project CoLABoratório in 2006-7 in Brazil.
Professional experience as a visual artist since 2011 through individual and collective exhibitions and works as an illustrator.
Professional experience as a shop staff working in direct link with the public at A Benda in Viana do Castelo (store selling clothes, books and handcrafts) and in the Assírio e Alvim publishers temporary store during the Lisbon Book Fair.
Professional experience as a model for drawing classes at Faculdade de Belas Artes do Porto, ETIC and Ar.Co in Lisboa.
Professional experience as a barman at the Bomba Suicida Cultural Association bar. Volunteering experience at REFOOD in Viana do Castelo.

Vera Mantero Studied classical dance with Anna Mascolo and danced in the Gulbenkian Ballet between 1984 and 1989. Mantero started choreographing in 1987 and, since 1991, has been presenting her solo and group work all over Europe, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Canada, Singapore, South Korea and the USA.
Of her solo work mention goes to “Perhaps she could dance first and think afterwards” (1991), “Olympia” (1993), “one mysterious Thing, said e.e.cummings” (1996), “What can be said about Pierre” (2011), “The Caldeirão Highlanders, exercises in fictional anthropology” (2012) and “Rich Bread” (2017). Her group pieces include “Under” (1993), “For Boring and Profound Sadnesses” (1994), “Poetry and Savagery” (1998), “k(ɘ) su'pɔɾtɐ i s(ɘ)ˈpaɾɐ i kõˈtɐj uʃ dojʃ mu'duʃ i õ'dulɐ” (2002), “Until the moment when God is destroyed by the extreme exercise of beauty” (2006), “We are going to miss everything we don't need” (2009) and “The Propitiatory Practices of Future Events” (2018). Mentions goes as well to the project “SURREPTITIOUS (clandestine body)” conceived with Ana Borralho & João Galante, Rita Natálio and Joclécio Azevedo.
In 2013 and 2014 Mantero created the performance installations “Shadows on offer” and “More or Less, but Less than More”, this last piece presented in two different versions: occupying the whole space of the auditorium – seating and proscenium - in 2013, and creation of urban vegetable gardens for the final presentation of the project in 2014. “More or Less, but Less than More” was created in partnership with Culturgest and Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, under the scope of the Create to Connect project financed by the European Commission. These projects, as well as “The Clean and The Dirty” - which premiered in 2016 at Maria Matos Teatro Municipal in the framework of the cycle “The Three Ecologies” co-commissioned by Vera Mantero with Mark Deputter and Liliana Coutinho - clearly reflect the choreographer's concerns for fundamental issues such as the environment, economic sustainability, social cohesion and inclusion, and Citizenship. In 2018, Mantero was elected by Esglobal and Fundación Avina to be in the List of the Most Influential Ibero-American Intellectuals, devoted that year to professionals who contributed with ideas to the field of environmental, economic, political and/or social sustainability.
Her artistic work has been recognized with institutional prizes such as the Prémio Almada (Ministry of Culture, 2002) or the Prémio Gulbenkian Arte for her career as a creator and performer (2009), as well as through initiatives such as the retrospective organized by Culturgest in 2009, entitled “Month of March, Month of Vera”, or the Portuguese representation at the 26th São Paulo Art Biennial (2004) with the work “Eating your heart out” co-created with the sculptor Rui Chafes. The influent Brazilian newspaper O Globo elected “The Caldeirão Highlanders, exercises in fictional anthropology” as one of the best 10 dance pieces presented in 2014. The city of Fundão dedicated a year to the artist (April 2015 - April 2016) with the project “Passage #2”, which included the presentation of several performances, a project with local students and the recreation of “Eating your heart out” for a treetop walkway in Fundão - this new version, entitled “Eating your heart out in the trees” was presented in 2016 at Jardim da Sereia in Coimbra, for which Rui Chafes created a new sculpture, in 2019 started to be presented in theatrical venues taking the name “Eating your heart out on stage”.
Since 2014, Vera Mantero integrates, together with Jorge Andrade and Pedro Penim, the cast of the Portuguese version of “Quizoola!” by Tim Etchells/Forced Entertainment. Vera Mantero was invited by Boris Charmatz to be part of “20 Dancers for the 20th Century”, a living archive of the defining choreographic solos of the 20th century, that took place at the Tate Modern (London) and at the Paris Opera/Palais Garnier (Paris) in 2015, at the Staatsoper, Tanzkongress (Hannover) and at the Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid) in 2016, and at the IVAM - Institut Valencià d' Art Modern (Valencia) in 2019. Mantero participates regularly in international improvisation projects alongside improvisers and choreographers such as Lisa Nelson, Mark Tompkins, Meg Stuart and Steve Paxton.
Since the year 2000 Vera Mantero has also been exploring vocal work, either singing the repertoire of different authors or co-creating experimental music projects.
She regularly teaches composition and improvisation in Portugal and abroad.

For me, dance is not a given fact. I believe that the less I acquire it, the closer I will be to it. I use dance and performance work to understand what I need to understand. I don't see any sense anymore in a performer specialized in a single discipline (a dancer or an actor or a singer or a musician) and I now see some sense in a performer specialized in the whole. Life is a terribly complicated and rich phenomenon and I see the work I do as a continuous fight against the impoverishment of the spirit, both mine and others, a fight that I consider essential now and always.

Vera Mantero
  M̶i̶g̶u̶e̶l Bonneville, Clothilde
M̶i̶g̶u̶e̶l Bonneville, Clothilde

M̶i̶g̶u̶e̶l Bonneville (Porto, 1985) introduces us to autobiographical works focused on the deconstruction and reconstruction of identity. He presents his work in a variety of formats, such as performances, drawings, photographs, films, music or artist's books.
His work is presented in art galleries, theatres and international festivals, namely the projects 'Family Project’, ‘Miguel Bonneville’, and ‘The Importance of Being’.
He studied ‘Acting’ at Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo (2000-2003) having complemented his studies with the following courses: ‘Visual Arts’ at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2006), ‘Autobiographies, Life Stories and Artist’s Lives’ at CIES-ISCTE (2008), ‘Archive – Organization and Maintenance’ at Citeforma (2013), ‘Sewing Ideas’ at Magestil (2013), and ‘Cyborgs, Sex and Society’ at FCSH (2016), and Philosophy and Art at Mute (2017), among others.
Bonneville was part of the artistic nucleus of the contemporary dance production company Eira (2004-2006) and contemporary art gallery Galeria 3+1 Arte Contemporânea (2009-2013).
In 2015 he won the Ex Aequo Award for the performances ‘Medo e Feminismos’ (in collaboration with Maria Gil), and ‘The Importance of Being Simone de Beauvoir’.
Bonneville has participated in artistic residencies such as Sítio das Artes/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, 2007), Homesession, (Barcelona, 2008), Mugatxoan/Serralves Foundation (Porto, 2010), Transeuropa2012  (Hildesheim, 2012), Arts Printing House (Vilnius, 2013), Arte y Desarrollo (Madrid, 2014) and La Box (Bourges, 2018), among others.
He sporadically teaches authorial performance composition in different national and international structures.
He is one of the artistic directors of Teatro do Silêncio.

Sofia Mestre aka Clothilde uses homemade machinery and modulars built from scratch by her partner Zé Diogo, aka hobo & the birds, to create emotional and aesthetic landscapes filling us up with textures, melodies and sections of zero visible ending points always in one unrepeatable take of deep listening brutalism. A vertigo of controlling and modulating electric frequencies drives her work echoing Annea Lockwood, Jessica Rylan, Oliveros, Maryanne Amacher and Radigue in a mesh of primal experimentation and wave. Her debut album, Twitcher, was released by Labareda in 2018.
  Noviga Projekto, Clara Saleiro, Manuel Alcaraz Clemente
Noviga Projekto, Clara Saleiro, Manuel Alcaraz Clemente

Noviga Projekto Com as suas raízes em Portugal e sediado na Áustria, Noviga Projekto é um duo de flauta e percussão dedicado à música contemporânea.
Clara Saleiro (flauta) e Manuel Alcaraz Clemente (percussão) trabalharam pela primeira vez como duo na Academia de Verão do Remix Ensemble no ano de 2014. Foi o ponto de partida para, no ano de 2016, estrearem Noviga Projekto nos Encontros Nova Música de Vila do Conde e na 32ª edição do Festival Dias de Música Eletroacústica, em Seia.
Prosseguindo os seus estudos em Performance Practice in Contemporary Music com o Klangforum Wien na Kunstuniversität Graz, na Áustria, desenvolveram o projeto “In a living room” onde refletem as suas próprias ligações geográficas, interpretando obras de compositores portugueses e austríacos.
No 16.º Circular Festival de Artes Performativas estreiam “Differenz - Wiederholung - Transformation” apresentando três peças de compositores contemporâneos interligadas por improvisações sobre o seu material.
Noviga Projekto recebeu o apoio da Stadt Graz.
Clara Saleiro Interessada na apresentação pública de criações dos nossos dias, no seu processo de construção, na interação entre intérprete e compositor, entre música e outras áreas artísticas e numa busca constante de novos desafios, Clara Saleiro, flautista, tem dedicado parte do seu trabalho à música contemporânea e a projetos interdisciplinares.
Membro fundador de Noviga Projekto, do projeto AUS e flautista desde 2016 de Vertixe Sonora Ensemble (Espanha), estreia todos os anos dezenas de obras de compositores com quem trabalha diretamente e tem participado em diversos festivais de música contemporânea. No sopro do vento é o mais recente projeto interdisciplinar em que está envolvida.
Clara colabora regularmente com orquestras clássicas e sinfónicas, com a Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa e em variadas formações de câmara.
Iniciou os seus estudos musicais na Academia de Música S. Pio X de Vila do Conde, sua terra natal. O seu percurso académico segue-se por instituições como a Artave, ANSO - Metropolitana, Universidade de Aveiro e Royal Academy of Music, em Londres. Especializou-se em música contemporânea no estúdio particular de Stephanie Wagner (Remix Ensemble) e na Kunstuniversität Graz, na Áustria, onde realizou uma pós-graduação com o Klangforum Wien.
A presente temporada inclui a participação na Lucerne Festival Academy, nos festivais mAdrid aCTUAL, Phona, DME, VIII MIHL Sons-XXI, Circular, bem como concertos em Espanha, Hong Kong, Portugal e Suíça.

Manuel Alcaraz Clemente é um percussionista espanhol especializado na interpretação de música contemporânea. Desenvolve a sua atividade sobretudo como solista, músico de câmara e de ensemble.
Como solista, a sua versatilidade abrange desde repertório para percussão de música clássica contemporânea, ao trabalho regular com jovens compositores reconhecidos pela criação de peças novas e interpretações inovadoras no panorama internacional de música contemporânea.
Desde 2016, é percussionista do Ensemble Schallfeld (AT) e do Noviga Projekto (PT/AT). Para além do seu trabalho com estas formações, é convidado regular de ensembles de música contemporânea e orquestras como o Klangforum Wien, Lucerne Festival Alumni, Mdi Ensemble, entre outros.
Participou em festivais como o Lucerne Festival (CH), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (DE), Wien Modern, Klangspuren Schwaz, Impuls Festival, Steirischer Herbst (AT), Afekt Festival (EST), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (EN).
Oferece regularmente workshops e masterclasses a compositores e percussionistas na Áustria, Eslovénia, Espanha e Portugal.
Manuel estudou em Barcelona, Porto e Graz, estando atualmente sediado em Graz (Áustria).
Em 2019 torna-se Marimba One™ Educational Artist.
  Volmir Cordeiro
Volmir Cordeiro

Born in 1987 in Brazil, Volmir Cordeiro firstly graduated in theater and worked with the Brazilian choreographers Alejandro Ahmed, Cristina Moura et Lia Rodrigues. Volmir Cordeiro graduated in 2012 from Essais, Angers Choreographic Centerʼs experimental dance training, with Céu, a much-regarded solo work that extensively toured European and Brazilian dance festivals, and he is now working on a PhD thesis on the figures of marginality in contemporary dance. Volmir Cordeiro has performed in the projects of Xavier Le Roy, Laurent Pichaud, Rémy Héritier, Emmanuelle Huynh, Jocelyn Cottencin et Vera Mantero. In 2014, he created the solo Inês, and in 2015, the duet Epoque with the Paris based chilean dancer Marcela Santander Corvalán. He has just closed a first cycle of his work, made of the three solos : Céu, Inês and Rue (created in october 2015 at Musée du Louvre, in collaboration with FIAC). Volmir Cordeiro was the associate artist at Ménagerie de Verre in 2015 and since 2017 is associate artiste at Centre National de la Danse (CND - Pantin). Volmir regularly teaches in choreography courses such as Master Exerce in Montpellier (France), or Master Drama in Gent (Belgium).