Alvarez is a Portuguese choreographer, performer, stage and costume designer, whose work has been presented since 1997 in Europe, South America and North America, Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Alvarez choreographic work, has a strong commitment with visual, conceptual and poetical dimensions of movement and dance as well an investment in the social and community impacts of dance and art. Associated artist of EIRA, a dance production company and artistic director of BODYBUILDERS_Cultural Association, both based in Lisbon, Portugal. He also teaches inclusive dance/community dance and coordinates different educational/creative mixed ability dance projects in Portugal and abroad.
He has collaborated with several choreographers such as Christian Rizzo (France), Francisco Camacho (Portugal); theater makers such as Luis Castro/Karnart (Portugal) and visual artists such as Pedro Valdez Cardoso (Portugal), among others.
Since 1998, he regularly teaches Contemporary Dance and Inclusive Dance in Portugal and abroad, for elder people and people with disabilities and/or in social disadvantage, dance students/professionals and artists in general. He teached at the Post-graduation Course in Dance Theraphy (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa) and at the Leiria Polytechnic Institute/School of Education. He’s one of the teachers at the newly created dance class program in Portugal ´Dançar com Parkinson‘, an inovative awarded program for People with Parkinson, affiliated of Dance for PD®'s Dance Program(Mark Morris Dance Group & Brooklyn’sParkinson’s Group/New York).
The Portuguese cultural organization "Centro Nacional da Cultura" awarded him with a grant for his work as a choreographer between 2000 and 2002.
He recently concluded his PhD program in "Communication, Culture and Arts" from the Human and Social Sciences University of Algarve and holds a Post-Graduation in "Communication Sciences – Contemporary Culture and New Technologies" from the Social and Human Sciences Faculty (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).He also holds a degree in "Education through Art" and a BA in "Stage and Costume Design" from the Lisbon's Theatre and Cinema University. He also works as associate coordinator of LIGA Foundation's "House of the Arts" (VSA Arts Portugal) - an ONG based in Lisbon (www.fundacaoliga.pt) promoting art inclusive activities for disable people and he is artistic coordinator of PLURAL | Inclusive Dance Company of LIGA's Foundation in Lisbon. In 2001 he created a Contemporary Dance Program for Elders that he coordinates since then with regularly classes, workshops and public presentations. Recently the film maker Vitor Hugo Costa launched the documentary "A Menina Dança" about the training and creative dance process that Alvarez develops with Elders (edition Metafilmes, 2014).
International member of Foundation for Community Dance/People Dancing (UK).
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