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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] João dos Santos Martins
[Artist in Residence] João dos Santos Martins

João dos Santos Martins was born in Santarém (Portugal) in 1989. He holds a BA in Dance from Lisbon’s Polytechnical Higher School of Dance (2007-10) and a MA on Choreographic Studies from Université Paul Valèry III/ex.e.r.ce, program directed by Mathilde Monnier. He also attended Codarts (2010), P.A.R.T.S. (2010/11) directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and the MA for Choreography and Performance from Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen (2012) under the direction of Professor Bojana Kunst.
He works as a dancer and choreographer since 2008, often articulating his practice in several collaborations expressed in pieces such as Le Sacre du Printemps (2013), co-directed with Min Kyoung Lee, Masterpiece (2013), Continued Project (2015) — Authors SPA Award 2016 —, Autointitulado (2015) with Cyriaque Villemaux and Anthroposcenes (2017) with Rita Natálio.
Recently he has been regularly collaborating as a dancer and performer in projects by Eszter Salamon and Xavier le Roy and in 2017 he performed Self-Unfinished by Xavier Le Roy at the Venice Dance Biennale. Previously he has worked with Richard Siegal, Rui Horta, André e. Teodósio, Cão Solteiro, Felix Ruckert, Ana Borralho e João Galante, among others.
His work also includes the adaptation of Deborah Hay’s “Conquest” (2010) solo, the reconstruction of Yvonne Rainer’s Continuous Project Altered Daily (1970 – 2011) in collaboration with ex.e.r.ce students, Xavier le Roy and Christophe Wavelet, and the choreographic production of Tropa Fandanga (2014) by Teatro Praga.
He was commissioned work for Oldschool#40 arts program in Lisbon and for Azores Walk&Talk 2016. In 2016, he was invited by the Viriato Theater to direct Vera Mantero, João Fiadeiro, Clara Andermatt and Paulo Ribeiro at a reunion event where, along with Ana Bigotte Vieira, he elaborated the premises for the project of collective historicisation for dance in Portugal “For a Timeline To Be — genealogies of dance as an art practice in Portugal”.
In 2017, he curated cycle “New—Old Dance” in Santarém, in which he continued his research on discursive traits of dance history through a program of exhibitions, talks, workshops and shows.
João dos Santos Martins is a recipient of a merit grant from ESD-IPL 2008/09, he was a fellow of the danceWeb 2010 program, and scholarship recipient of the National Culture Center (2010), the ENPARTS (2010/11) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2011-13 ). He currently is “resident artist” of the Circular Cultural Association and runs the Parasite Association (founded in 2014). His work was presented in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Austria, Romania, Brazil, Mozambique, Uruguay, Chile, Republic of Korea and New Zealand.

  Miguel Pereira
Miguel Pereira

Miguel Pereira attended Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa and Escola Superior de Dança.
Scolarship at Théatre Contemporain de la Danse/Paris and at New York with the support of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture. As interpreter worked with Francisco Camacho and Vera Mantero among others.
Participated in the theatre play and film “António um rapaz de Lisboa” by Jorge Silva Melo.
Worked with Jerôme Bel at the piece “Shirtologia/Miguel”.
As a choreographer he emphasizes the work “Antonio Miguel” with which he received the Revelation Prize José Ribeiro da Fonte/Ministry of Culture and a honour for the prize of Acarte/ Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão, both in 2000.
Also presented the project “Notas para um espectáculo invisível” at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II and In June 2002 he presented his last creation “24th June 2002, Teatro da Comuna”, at Danças na Cidade Festival.