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RAFAEL ALVAREZ

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Choreographer and performer, set and costume designer, researcher and teacher. He’s from Lisbon, where he lives and works.

His choreographic work has, since 1997, been presented in Europe, America, Middle East, Asia and Africa. For the past 20 years he has investigated and developed in his choreographic processes a plastic dimension of movement and composition, revealing a strong visual component in the construction of body and space.

In 1997 he created his first show ‘Go rest my, I close the doors’, a concert-performance in collaboration with the visual artist Pedro Valdez Cardoso. Since the creation of this initiatic piece, a significant part of his work has been distinguished by the creation and interpretation of solos that continue to mark the international tour of his work such as ‘Ar.Condicionado’ (1998), ‘Self-Service’ (1999), ‘TØ’ (2001), ‘Última Chamada’ (2005), ‘Colecção Privada’ (2007), ‘Fatigues’ (2009), or more recently "Haute Couture" (2010) and "sweetSKIN" (2012). Alongside the direction of group pieces – ‘Match Nulo’ (Festival Danças na Cidade, Centro Cultural de Belém, 2002), ‘Blue Bob/Blowing in the wind’ (Teatro del Fiumi/Itália, 2006), ‘Bosque’ (Teatro Maria Matos e FID Belo Horizonte/Brasil, 2001/2010), ‘Prêt-à-Porter’ (Plural_Companhia de Dança/Centro Cultural de Belém, 2011) and ‘Long Distance Call’ (Plateaux Festival/Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, 2009). ‘MIXED FEELINGS’ (2016), his most recent group piece for four dancers was co-produced and premiered on the stage of Culturgest / CGD Foundation (Lisbon).

He directed, for the first half of 2017, the first edition of the S-O-B Labs cycle :: SOLOS; OBJECTS & BIOGRAPHIES_Research and Choreographic Creation Labs/BODYBUILDERS developed between Paris and Lisbon. He’s Currently developing the research and creation project - IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE (support Gulbenkian Foundation and DGartes) resulting from a cooperation with Japan, with artistic residences and presentations in Portugal, Paris and Tokyo (2017).

Alvarez has invested in depth on the relation of Dance with and within the Community and at the collaborative dimension of the artistic practice of dialogue and intervention with the world. He has been teaching since 1998, contemporary dance and inclusive dance, developing national and international community dance training and cooperation projects, involving people with disabilities, seniors, people with Parkinson's, children, students of artistic and vocational higher education and artists in general. In 2001 he created the project Contemporary dance for +55 & Seniors, a project he has been directing since then focusing on regular classes and workshops. Certified teacher by the international program Dance for PD®/Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson's Group (New York) integrating the team of the project Dançar com Parkinson - Dance Classes for People with Parkinson's and Caregivers (Lisbon). Inclusive Dance Teacher, artistic coordinator of Plural_Inclusive Dance Company and assistant coordinator of Casa das Artes at Fundação LIGA (since 1998). He was a lecturer in Movement and Education for Art at the Leiria/ IPL Higher Education School and in the Postgraduate in Dance-Therapy at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. He has conducted workshops and labs in Portugal, Spain, France, Hong Kong, São Tomé and Principe, St. Petersburg, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Miami and Washington. He has participated in various meetings and conferences in Portugal and abroad. He has developed research and creation dance residencies in Lisbon, Évora, Faro, Montemor-o-Velho, Seville, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Miami and Tokyo.

As performer/dancer he collaborated in shows and projects of choreographers - Francisco Camacho/EIRA (PT), Christian Rizzo (FR), Lynda Gaudreau/Lucky Bastards (CN/FR), and theater director Luis Castro/Karnart, among others. He created scenarios and costumes for shows by Francisco Camacho, Paula Castro, Sílvia Pinto Coelho, João Mota/Comuna Teatro de Pesquisa, Grupo Satyros, among others.

In 2011 he joined the European project for research and creation of performance and technologies A.D.A.P.T Advancing Digital Art Performance Techniques (Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, France, Belgium). He was part of the first edition of the project coLABoratório - South American European Choreographers' Meeting (Programa Cultura EU/Festival Panorama) held in Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza (2006-07). He was part of the EIRA production team (2005-2012) and the coordination teams of the European projects Contact'Art and EU-Dance, both promoted by the LIGA Foundation (EU Culture 2000 Program).

PhD in Communication, Culture and Art from the Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais da Universidade do Algarve. Post-graduated in Communication Sciences - Contemporary Culture by Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He’s graduated in Stage and Costume Design and in Theater and Education by the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema do Politécnico de Lisboa. He has attended national and foreign training in contemporary dance, performance, improvisation, composition, dramaturgy, dance-therapy and inclusive dance. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a fellow grant recipient in Dance of the National Center of Culture (Lisbon). International member of the Foundation for Community Dance/People Dancing (UK). Collaborating member of CHAIA - Center of History of Art and Artistic Research of UÉ. Artistic director of the cultural association – BODYBUILDERS.Co-founder of ANKA - Inclusive Dance Company of São Tomé and Principe.

He's an EIRA associated artist since 2005.

 

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