Tânia Carvalho

The creative work of Tânia Carvalho, one of the most dense and fascinating Portuguese artists of her generation, moves between choreography and music,
between dance and drawing.

Born 1976 in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, Tânia Carvalho began her dance studies in her hometown. In the 90s she pursued Artistic Studies at the Escola Superior de Arte e Design (Caldas da Rainha), at the Escola Superior de Dança de Lisboa and at Fórum Dança (Lisbon).

At the turn of the century, she began to present her first creations in the realm of choreography: “A Corte” and “Inicialmente Previsto”, both at the Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon) received praiseful reviews, with the latter winning the renowned Portuguese award Jovens Criadores (Young creators) in 2000 and being presented in Sarajevo in July of the following year.

From then on, an artistic career marked by the rhythm of versatility and mystery has followed: Tânia Carvalho moves frequently from the field of choreography to that of musical composition. She is the author of several original soundtracks for her own pieces, such as “Como Se Pudesse Ficar Ali Para Sempre” (2005) and “Síncopa” (2013) -, shown in Montreal, Berlin and Madrid, among other places. Tânia Carvalho has also performed as a singer in Idiolect (2012), and as a pianist in “De Mim Não Posso Fugir, Paciência”.

In this way, Tânia Carvalho affirms herself as an artist whose will to expression is not exhausted in one single language. And this will to say of the author contains in itself a symbolic universe of its own: her creations wander through the shadows (“Olhos Caídos”, de 2010), the vivification of painting (“Xilografia”, 2016), expressionism and the memory of cinema (you will find The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Seventh Seal in “27 Ossos”), bodies that become things other than bodies, and finally the idea of the liquefaction of something solid (“Explodir em Silêncio Nunca Chega A Ser Perturbador” from 2005, and “Orquéstica” from 2006). Hence the artist constructs her mysterious cosmogony, a set of codes that transcend the very art of movement – whether this should take place in the linguistic and semantic carefulness that she inscribes in the titles of her work ( Icosahedron won the award for Best Choreography of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores in 2011, but one could equally mention Orquéstica or Weaving Chaos ), or in the frequent passing through territories more distanced from that of choreography, like drawing (“Toledo”, a series of drawings exhibited at the CAAA in Guimarães 2013, but also “Glimpse – 5 Room Puzzle”, a hybrid in-between drawing and dance).

Programmed by Teatro Maria Matos, Teatro Municipal São Luiz and the National Ballet Company, “Tânia Carvalho Cycle” marked, all through 2018, her twenty years of artistic creation.

Within that cycle, “S”, a commission for the National Ballet Company of Portugal was premiered, as well as “A Bag and a Stone – dance piece for screen”, Tânia Carvalho’s first movie.

In 2019 a new concert debuted. “duploc barulin”, where she sings and plays original compositions for piano and ecoerhu.

This density and versatility in Tânia Carvalho’s work have led her to a plethora of spaces and collaborations, from the institutional to the alternative, from the formal to the informal. In recent years, Tânia Carvalho has worked with the Ballet of the Opera de Lyon, the Company of Elders (London) as well as with the Paulo Ribeiro company (Viseu) and with the Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte.

Over almost two decades, Tânia Carvalho has been paving her way: thoughtfully and each time more multidisciplinary; cultivating a refined slowness, generating obscure universes – and for all of those reasons deeply fascinating.

(Edited from a text by Eduardo Brito)



11/10/2019 Repertoire Masterclass – Tipperary Dance Platform – Tipperary
12/10/2019 Grasped by Intuition (2017) – Tipperary Dance Platform – Tipperary
14-27/10/2019 oneironaut (2020) – artistic residency – O Espaço do Tempo – Montemor-o-Novo (Portugal)
07/11/2019 Muiças (2019), by AZA Company , Centro de Arte de Ovar – Ovar (Portugal)
08/11/2019 Muiças (2019) by AZA Company . Fabrica das Ideias – Gafanha da Nazaré (Portugal)
20/11/2019 A Bag and a Stone – dance piece for screen (2018) . Cine Teatro Avenida – Castelo Branco (Portugal)
22/11/2019 Grasped by Intuition (2017) . Cine Teatro Avenida – Castelo Branco (Portugal)
23/11/2019 Muiças – by AZA Company – Centro de Artes e Espetáculos de Sever do Vouga – Sever do Vouga (Portugal)
06/12/2019 Doesdicon (2017), by Grupo Dançando com a Diferença – Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias – Funchal (Portugal)