Teresa Silva


Lisbon, Portugal, 1988.

choreographer & ballerina

Teresa Silva is a Portuguese artist, working both as a choreographer and performer. She studied in the National Conservatory Dance School, in the Lisbon Polythecnic’s Higher School of Dance and completed the Choreographic Creation, Dance Research and Training Programme at Forum Dança. In 2011, she received a grant from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to attend the DanceWEB Scholarship programme, with the mentoring of Boyzie Cekwana and Isabelle Schad. From her training she highlights the workshops with Deborah Hay, Meg Stuart, Vera Mantero, Loïc Touzé, João Fiadeiro, Julien Hamilton, Lisa Nelson, Mark Tompkins, Jonathan Burrows and Jennifer Lacey. She considers the discipline of dance to be the appropriate environment to become aware and deepen "being in relationship". She sees dance as something that exceeds the physical body, which translates into a work on attention and sensitivity, as well as into a multidisciplinary approach to movement. She has been developing choreographic pieces since 2008, making collaborations with national and international artists, moving mainly between Portugal, France and Italy. Her projects include Enjoy the weather (2021); Oracle (2020) created in collaboration with Sara Anjo; the co-creations with Filipe Pereira, Letting Nature take over us again (2013), What remains of what has passed (2013) and New Creation (2017), piece selected to Aerowaves Priority Company 2019; Conquest (2011) a solo adaptation of a Deborah Hay choreography, commissioned by Fundação de Serralves; Leva a mão que eu levo o braço (2010) and Um Espanto não se Espera (2011), both created in collaboration with Elizabete Francisca, both winners of the National Contest Jovens Criadores; A vida enorme/La vie en or co-created (2009) with Maria Lemos; and the solo Ocooo (2008). As a performer, she has worked with choreographers such as Alain Michard in L'Aurore, Vera Mantero in O susto é um mundo, Sónia Baptista in The Anger! The Fury!, David Marques in Mistério da Cultura and Ressaca, Marco d’Agostin in Avalanche, Loïc Touzé in Forme Simple, Fanfare and Ô Montagne, Marlene Monteiro Freitas in Bacantes - Prelude to a purge (replacement), Liz Santoro & Pierre Godard in For Claude Shannon, Rita Natálio in Museu Encantador, Tiago Guedes in Hoje, Luís Guerra in Nevoeiro, Tânia Carvalho in Icosahedron and Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz in O mesmo mas ligeiramente diferente. Since 2012 she has been teaching classes and workshops in a close relationship with her research work. She co-organizes a group called Dance Classes and Practices, Today interested in questioning and developing pedagogical practices in the context of contemporary dance and performing arts. Between 2011 and 2014, she was an associated artist of Materiais Diversos, in 2017 she was an associated artist of O Espaço do Tempo and from 2018 to 2020 she was one of the selected artists to be part of the European Network More Than This, co-founded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Since 2019 she collaborates with Agência 25 as her production structure.

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