As I was born beside the sea the horizon is important to me. Despite being lured by the waves I never learnt how to swim.
Drawing was my first challenge…the notion of art came to me as a teenager. The Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto provided huge potential in terms of expression. After my degree and a stint in national education seeking new experiences, I went to the Ecole Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières.
Travelling and relocating have fuelled and continue to fuel my imagination and encounters.
I founded a company with a friend. Leaving after several years I joined another, also as co-artistic director.
Then I founded MECANIkA.
Its aim is to blend genres, seeking a personal theatrical production to interpret my view. The journey is a continuous process, from plastic arts to performing arts, without any hierarchy, avoiding obstacles and navigating multi-disciplinarity.
The link that I see between the manipulated body and the manipulating body is based on perpetual appearance and disappearance, back and forth between presence and absence, between ‘real’ and ‘unreal’ images, substance and apparition. The distinctive dramatic architecture that stems from these junctions is bound by chosen themes, often recurring, such as the fragility of reality and relativity of meanings, as well as through the various mediums/types of images.
My progression, whether in my personal activities, collaborating with other artists, or in teaching, is part of a reflection on how the modus operandi of the creation. Each project/experience seeks the right balance between the constituent components; each collaborative mode aims to find its meaning, by articulating desire and skills, thereby enhancing capacity for artistic development...The fluid boundaries of the various forms of expression serve the freedom to experiment extending from contemporary art to dance, theatre, circus and sound, to new technologies...
ON (A FEW) DATES
Born in Ovar
Move to Porto
Co-scenographer for EntreTanto teatro's plays, Porto
Degree in painting at the Beaux-Arts of Porto
Painting and engraving exhibition and trypticTriades -
Gesto Coop Culturel / Labirintho Galeria in Porto
Plastic arts teacher and independent artist
Collective exhibition Miopias (sculpture and installation) - Casa da Companhia, Porto
Degree of the ESNAM
4th promo – special mention from the jury
Co-founder, with David Girondin Moab, of the company Pseudonymo
Exhibition Traces de Voyage (painting and installation) Galerie d’art IIM – Charleville-Mézières
Move to Barcelona
(collaboration withJoan Baixas)
Creation of the show A Hora do Diabo L’Heure du Diable
Exhibition Mal’Aberta (drawing and installation) - Galeria OM Penafiel
Move to Paris
Creation of the show Subbruli
with Don Verboven and Uta Gebert
Back to Barcelona
Directon of I’m Not Always the Same with David Girondin Moab, and the students of 4h year,, AMK – Taideakatemia Turku, Finland
Direction of Data de Caducitat with the students 3rd year (option gesture and objects), Institut del Teatre de Barcelona
Creation of the show Deep News
Creation of the show Écumes with Nuria Legarda
Move to Rennes
Codirection with Renaud Herbin and Julika Mayer of the company LàOù/marionnette contemporaine
End of LàOù
Creation of the show Alminhas
Installation In folds with Morgan Daguenet and Nicolas Lelièvre - Gallery of the Triangle, Rennes
Interactive installation Paysage construit with Morgan Daguenet, Champs Libres, Rennes
Founder of MECANIkA
Creation of the show PLUG
Creation of the young audience show La Queue de Monsieur Kat with Fabien Bossard and Morgan Daguenet
Final creation of the NOVO project
stage form with NOVO – La nuit
Move to Montpellier
First step of NOVO projet, installation
Creation of the show ANDERE with Mila Dargies
Regular external lecturer for the Master's degree in creation and research in theatre studies at the University Paul Valery, Montpellier 3
Direction of Happy Birthday 30/30 with the students of the Ballet Teatro school (dance and theatre) in Porto
Creation of the show
Pour bien dormir