Proposed as a modul-dance artist by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden [Germany]
I intend to create a piece for 20 dancers.
I am aware of the fact that 20 dancers represents a considerable number of performers. However, my original idea is to organize and develop the work with these 20 dancers as if it only involved four dancers, that is, four groups consisting of five dancers each.
Each group of dancers intends to represent a single, although fragmented body. This body will be observed not only frontally but from several other standpoints as well.
The five dancers in each group shall represent one and the same body structure. They will be synchronized throughout the whole piece, either by performing exactly the same movement or by adjusting to each other movements. This will give the impression that we are simultaneously looking at the body from various perspectives at the same time (as one experiences when contemplating a cubist painting).
In visual terms, this is how I intend to start working on the project. On the other hand a more emotional, poetic point of view will start to emerge behind the shapes and configurations brought about by the five bodies.
The various faces we all hide inside of us…
This so-called emotional part of the work is something that remains enigmatic and intriguing to me. I therefore wish to explore in depth this compelling and stirring aspect of the composition. I intend to do so not by explaining the situation to the audience, so to speak, but by allowing a certain insight to flow quietly within the movements in such a way that the audience will only slightly perceive it and become aware of it. The audience will then be free to play their own perception game, whether or not it converges with my own.
Tânia Carvalho/Tânia Oak Tree was born in 1976 in Viana do Castelo (PT).
Develops her work since 1997. Her work was presented in Portugal, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Holland, Brasil, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, and Cyprus.
As a choreographer created: Mulher à beira de um contrabaixo (1997), História de um Envenenamento (1998), Estou farta de ser achatada (1999), Inicialmente Previsto (1999), Drük (2000), A corte (2000), Ó tempo volta para trás (2001), New Tan (2001), Um privilégio característico (2002), At the Opposite Direction (2003), The Best of Them All (2003), The Secrets of my Nottingham Sleep (2004), If I could stay there forever (2005), A silent explosion is not quite disturbing (2005), I walk, you sing (2006), Orquéstica (2006), A Slowness that looks like a velocity (2007), #1 Ricardo – Different movements, for different people (2007), Barulhada (2007), #2Ramiro, #3Bruna – Different movements, for different people (2008), But from me I can’t escape, have patience! (2008), Danza Ricercata (2008), #4Hugo, #5Nini, #6Gonçalo – Different movements, for different people (2009) and Der Mann ist Verrückt (2009). Has also participated in the meeting Pointe to Point, project of Third Asia-Europe Dance Forum, in Tokyo, (JP); in the dance residency at Arnolfini Art Center in collaboration with Live Art Forum South West, Bristol (UK) and in the dance residency at Festival NOW, Nottingham (UK). Made the choreography for the actors of Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (PT) in a theatre piece of Álvaro Correia.
As a music performer presents herself solo with piano/voice in Madmud, with voice in Trash Nynph and with piano/voice within the musical group Moliquentos, together with Bruna Carvalho and Zeca Iglésias. Has also collaborated with Expander with piano/voice in several musical tracks. With Diogo Alvim co-composed the soundtrack of the piece A silent explosion is not quite disturbing. Composed the soundtrack for If I could stay there forever and Hurra! Arre! Apre! Irra! Ruh! Pum! (Tribute to Cristina de Pina) by Luís Guerra de Laocoi. Also created a voice composition for a piece of the director Simon Vincenzi. One of her songs was used in a movie of Manuel Guerra.
As a student started classical dance with five years old, and contemporary dance with fourteen years old. In 1991 attended the first year of Superior Dance School (Lisbon, Portugal), after attending the first year of the Design and Visual Arts School of Caldas da Rainha (Portugal). Attended the two years course of Contemporary Dance for interpreters in Forum Dança (Lisbon). In 2005 attended the Choreography Course in the creativity and artistic program supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal). Since 2008, has private classes of piano interpretation with João Aleixo and musical theory with Diogo Alvim.
As a dancer worked with Francisco Camacho, Carlota Lagido, David Miguel, Filipe Viegas, Clara Andermatt and Luís Guerra de Laocoi.
As an actress worked in theater with Projecto Teatral and João Garcia Miguel; in cinema with Elizabete Magalhães; and in video-art with Ivo Serra, Paulo Mendes and Vasco Diogo.
She’s co-founder of the arts association Bomba Suicida, based in Lisbon (PT).
Upcoming artist events
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Past artist events
- 14-02-2011 - 28-02-2011
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. Residency. Hellerau Dresden
- 01-03-2011 - 12-03-2011
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. Residency. adc Geneva
- 05-05-2011 - 06-05-2011
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. On Tour. Culturgest Lisboa
- 05-05-2011 - 06-05-2011
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. On Tour. Rencontres Choregraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis
- 04-06-2011 - 04-06-2011
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. On Tour. Plataforma Portuguesa das Artes Performativas
- 26-08-2011 - 27-08-2011
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. On Tour. Tanz im August Berlin
- 09-03-2012 - 10-03-2012
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. Presentation. Tanzquartier Wien
- 16-06-2012 - 16-06-2012
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. On Tour. Festival Uzès Danse
- 10-11-2012 - 11-11-2012
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. Presentation: Sâlmon Festival. Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
- 21-08-2013 - 21-08-2013
Tânia Carvalho. Icosahedron. On Tour. Festival Circular Vila de Conde
- 28-11-2013 - 28-11-2013
Tânia Carvalho. Solo. Research. Tanzquartier Wien
- 03-05-2014 - 03-05-2014
Tânia Carvalho. Sincopa. Roadshow: Arc for Dance Festival. DDRC Athens
- 25-05-2014 - 25-05-2014
Tânia Carvalho. The Recoil of Words. Roadshow: HOP!LA festival. ADC Geneva