Actress, Dancer and Performer
Xana Novais first graduated in Theatre from Escola Profissional Balleteatro do Porto (2013) and took the FAICC dance course at Companhia Instável. In her career, she highlights having performed in the shows O Nome da Rosa, by Pedro Zegre Penim (2015), O céu é apenas um disfarce azul do Inferno, by Hugo Calhim Cristovão and Joana Von Mayer Trindade (2015), Despertar da Primavera, by Teatro Praga (2016), Palhaço rico Fode Palhaço Pobre by João Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira (2017), M18 by Estrutura, Jungle Red by Carlota Canto Lagido (2018), Apollon, by Florentina Holzinger (2017) and A Divine Comedy, also by Florentina Holzinger (2021).
In 2019, she starred as Dolores in the series DOLORES, by Tota Alves (RTPlay) and activated the works CUT PIECE and BAG PIECE in Instruction Pieces, by Yoko Ono (Serralves, 2020).
She created (VS) POPCORN, Un Teknè and (G) Dysphoria APP, co-created with photographer Diogo Bessa One Way To Pandora and launched in 2020 the Artist talk format about the process of omo Matar Mulheres Nuas (2022, TMP). In her artistic research and performance work she uses her own body to explore and question the limits of the work of art, and the boundaries between fiction and reality. Currently, she is working on Pensava que era Combustível, mas afinal sou Eletricidade, which will premiere in 2023.
Xana Novais has been developing her work through a collection of mental and physical tests that she proposes to herself, in a constant limbo between fiction and reality with extremely autobiographical details.