ARTISTS

arTISTs

PAULA DIOGO

She was born in Lisbon, in 1977. She is a performer and stage director with a particular interest in improbable ideas. With an artistic background based on collaborative processes, she has been meandering through art making and producing in recent years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Training of Actors / Directors by the ESTC in Lisbon, and a Master’s in Performing Arts from the LHÍ (Icelandic Academy of Arts) with grants from the FCG and the GDA. She was a co-founder of Teatro Praga (1995-08), TRUTA (2003-10) and O Pato Profissional Lda (2003-10). In 2004 she was distinguished by CPAI with the Teatro na Década Award – Best Actress for the performance Private Lives, by Teatro Praga. In 2006 she received a grant from the CNC to follow the work of the Gob Squad (UK / DE) in Berlin. In 2007 she attended the Staging Course of the CCA Program at the FCG, with the british company Third Angel. In 2010 she was a resident director at the NTN in Naples, Italy, under the artistic direction of Antonio Latella. She has worked with several artists and companies over the years, such as: Lúcia Sigalho, Filipe Melo, Antonio Latella, Tiago Rodrigues, Madalena Victorino, Nuno Carinhas, João Pedro Vaz, Pedro Lacerda, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Mala Voadora, Cão Solteiro, Alain Fourneau, Rimini Protokoll, Philippe Quesne among others. In recent years, within Má-Criação, she has collaborated regularly with the artists Alfredo Martins (TMV), Cláudia Gaiolas (TMV), Alex Cassal (FM) and Alexander Kelly (TA), consolidating a platform that joins creators from different artistic and geographical backgrounds. She lives in Lisbon.

ALEX CASSAL

He was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1967. In the 1980s, he co-founded the Porto Alegre Street Theatre Group Movement, where he searched for new directions for art in public spaces, within groups such as Ói Nóis Aqui Traveiz and Alcateia. He has a B.A. in History from the State University of Rio de Janeiro UERJ. He is a director, playwright and performer. His works explore the relationship with the other and unveil scenic mechanisms to create spaces for encounter and artistic daring. In Brazil, he is part of the group Foguetes Maravilha, responsible for shows such as Ele Precisa Começar (2008), Ninguém Falou que Seria Fácil (2011),  Síndrome de Chimpanzé (2013) and Mortos-Vivos: Uma Ex-Conferência (2017). He collaborated with numerous theatre and dance artists, such as Enrique Diaz, Felipe Rocha, Renato Linhares, Alice Ripoll, Dani Lima, Gustavo Ciríaco, Clara Kutner, Denise Stutz, Michelle Moura, Ricardo Chacal and the Dimenti group (Brazil), as well as Tiago Rodrigues, Cláudia Gaiolas, Paula Diogo, Marco Paiva, Márcia Lança and Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz (Portugal). With Alice Ripoll, he directed the dance short film Journey to the Navel of the World, shown in Uruguay, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Greece, France, Croatia, Italy, the U.S., China and Japan. He staged the shows As Cidades Invisíveis (2016), Tiranossauro Rex (2017), Fantasmas – Capítulos 1, 2 & 3 (2017), Ex-Zombies: Uma Conferência (2018), Um Tigre-Lírio é Difícil de Encontrar (2018), Morrer no Teatro (2019) and A Menor Língua do Mundo (2020 – alongside Paula Diogo), among others. He lives in Lisbon.

www.alexcassal.blogspot.com

ALEXANDER KELLY

Alexander Kelly is co-Artistic director of the Sheffield-based theatre company Third Angel, with whom he devises, directs, writes, designs and performs. The company is currently touring the shows The Department of Distractions, 600 People, Inspiration Exchange, The Desire Paths and The Journeys (with SBC Theatre). Alex is Reader in Performance Practice at Leeds Beckett University. He regularly mentors other artists in his roles with both organisations.

http://thirdangel.co.uk/

ALFREDO MARTINS

He was born in Viana do Castelo, in 1980. Martins holds a degree in Theatre from the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo, Porto. He also attended the Dartington College of Arts (UK). He participated in the Theatre Directing course organized by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and led by the Third Angel Theatre Company. In 2008/2009, he completed a professional internship with the Gob Squad collective in Berlin. In 2009, he was awarded the Inov-Art program grant to work with the Reality Research Center (FIN). In 2010, he was selected for the 19th edition of “La Nouvelle École des Maîtres”, directed by Matthew Lenton. He is a co-founder of Teatro Meia Volta e depois à esquerda quando eu disser. Within it, he has directed the following shows: O nome das ruas (2006), URBANIA (2010), Nacional-Material, Paisagem com Argonautas (2011) and OZZZZZ (2013). As an actor and co-creator, he has worked with numerous artists, such as Stefan Kaegi, Benedetto Sicca, Vera Mantero, Catarina Miranda, Paula Diogo and Alex Cassal.

www.teatromeiavolta.com

CLÁUDIA GAIOLAS

She was born in Lisbon in 1976. She holds a B.A. from Lisbon Theatre and Film School and studied Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences. She is a performer and director. She co-founded Teatro Praga. She has worked with several companies: Mundo Perfeito, Mala Voadora, Truta, Má-Criação, Teatro Meia Volta e depois à esquerda quando eu disser, Teatro da Garagem, as well as with Tiago Rodrigues, Tónan Quito, Paula Diogo, Giacomo Scalisi, António Mercado, André Murraças, Joaquim Horta, Madalena Victorino, Jean-Pierre Larroche, Rui Horta, Clara Andermatt, Martim Pedroso, Agnès Limbos, Dinarte Branco, Guilherme Garrido and Alfredo Martins. She directed the shows A partir de Amanhã and A Mulher que Parou with texts by Tiago Rodrigues. For the Materiais Diversos Festival she directed Os Terroristas and created the shows Solo Doméstico and Não sou só eu aqui. Co-creator of O Grande Livro dos Pequenos Detalhes. For the S. Luiz Teatro Municipal, she staged “Antiprincesas”, a series of shows geared to children featuring characters such as Violeta Parra, Frida Kahlo and Clarice Lispector. She directed and performed in As Três Sozinhas (2019), a co-creation with Anabela Almeida and Sílvia Filipe for the D. Maria II National theatre.

www.teatromeiavolta.com

ESTELLE FRANCO

She was born in 1975 in Paris. She has been living and working in Brussels since 1998. She holds a degree in Dramatic Art from the Conservatoire Royal de Liège (2004), where she received the Prix Supérieur, with distinction. She participated in several performances and films. In Belgium, she collaborates with Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jimenez, Dominique Roodthooft, Agnès Limbos, Les Karyatides cia, Félicie Artaud, Marie DL, Fiztcarraldo cia, Maya Bösch and Latifa Laâbissi, among others. In Italy, she has worked with Antonio Latella in Pericles, (H)-L Dopa and Ti Regalo la Mia Morte, Veronika. Since 2008, she has collaborated with Linda Dalisi in Naples offering theatre labs for immigrants and Italian nationals. Following this work she presented Aiace. In Portugal, she collaborated with Paula Diogo and Má-Criação in Learning to Swim, Sobre Lembrar e Esquecer and Terra Nullius; with Alfredo Martins in URBANIA and Ozzzz, and also with Martim Pedroso in Purgatório. In 2015, alongside Marie Bos, Francesco Italiano and Guillemette Laurent, she co-founded the Belgian collective Le Colonel Astral. Recently she participated in the Retrouvailles-occupation Bastille with Nathalie Béasse, Sortir du Noir with Atlas of Transitions and Boccaperta! by Emmanuel Texeraud.

MASAKO HATTORI

She was born in Japan in 1972. She studied at the University of Arts and Design in Kyoto and at the Higher School of Art in Aix-en-Provence. She currently lives in Spain and develops her work as a video maker between Japan, France, Portugal, Spain and Belgium. She frequently collaborates with different artists and institutions in the areas of performance, theatre and dance, such as Christian UBL, Groupe Bernard Menaut, La macana, D.blacka, Compañía Elefante Elegante, Javier Martin, Ikue Nakagawa, Mikel Arístegui, Má-Criação and Teatro Meia Volta e depois à esquerda quando eu disser. In 2017, alongside the light designer Octavio Mas, she created the company Kokoharuka specializing in the creation of theatre and performance projects.

http://masako.h.free.fr

VANDA CEREJO

She was born in Porto in 1984. She holds a B.A. in Theatre/Acting by the Lisbon theatre and Film School. With Sophie Pinto and Filipa Leão she co-founded the Colectivo SophieMarie. In 2017 she completed the Management and Production of Performing Arts course at Fórum Dança. She worked as an executive producer in Professar, by Lígia Soares and Sara Duarte, Osmarina Pernambuco Não Consegue Esquecer, by Keli Freitas, and Ver Mais Sobre Ti, by Katrin Kaasa, Rita Brütt, Vanda Cerejo and Keli Freitas, as well as in Teatro do Silêncio. She was a production assistant in Palhaço Rico Fode Palhaço Pobre, by João Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira (BOCA). She collaborated with Materiais Diversos in the production of Marinho, by Margarida Mestre, and A Menor Língua do Mundo, by Alex Cassal and Paula Diogo.

DANIELA RIBEIRO

She was born in Porto, in 1980. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto and attended Restart’s Filmmaking course. She has worked as a cultural producer since 2006. Between 2008 and 2017 she was the communication and production coordinator at Galeria Zé dos Bois. She is the founder and coordinator of RAMA EM FLOR, a queer feminist community festival. Since 2017, she has collaborated with several artists in the performing arts, such as:  Alfredo Martins, Andresa Soares, Paula Diogo, Márcia Lança, Mariana Tengner Barros and Rita Vilhena. Between 2018 and 2019, she was a producer at Teatro Meia Volta e depois à direita quando eu disser. Currently she is Teatro Praga’s production director.

CARLOS ALVES

He was born in Lisbon in 1978. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School and was part of Teatro Praga until 2006, where he worked as a performer and creator. Later, he collaborated with creators such as Paula Diogo, Martim Pedroso, Alfredo Martins and Nuno Carinhas, not only as an actor and performer, but also as an executive producer (O Pato Profissional, Má-Criação) and an assistant director (Teatro Griot). He did voice-overs and played small parts in television and fiction. He was a regular collaborator at Galeria Zé dos Bois from 2009 to 2017, where he hosted, bartended and managed the bars and ticket office for the performing arts service.

outras colaborações e estruturas próximas

Aurora dos Campos, Binete Undonque, Crista Alfaiate, Daniel Pizamiglio, Daniel Worm, Elsa Mencagli, F. Ribeiro, FRAME Colectivo, Lurdes Capela, Joana Frazão, José Luis Carvalho, Jorge Carvalho, Gui Garrido, Keli Freitas, Maria do Céu Carvalho, Márcia Lança, Marco Paiva, Mariana Ricardo, Paulo Oliveira, Pedro Lacerda, Rafaela Jacinto, Renato Linhares, Sónia Baptista and Tomás Ribas. Teatro Meia Volta, Vagar, Terra Amarela, Celestial Bodies, Foguetes Maravilha (BR), Dimenti (BR), Pixel Reply and Third Angel (UK).