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Overview


Alice Joana

gonçalves

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Overview


Alice Joana

gonçalves

Eat, sleep, make love, make art (sometimes)

 

b.1986

Coimbra, Portugal

 
 

 

 

 

 

Alice Joana Gonçalves, an award-winning dancer, ballerina and choreographer, is one of Portugal’s most gifted emerging artists. A former criminal lawyer, Alice was born in Coimbra but raised in Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in Portugal; though she made her name in the big city, she remains a proud child of the provinces.

 

Alice’s work is primarily concerned with that which makes us fragile and vulnerable, and reflects her overlapping interests between law and art. A law graduate, with postgraduate qualifications in Criminal Law, Public Administrative Law, and Advanced Judicial Studies, she has always been curious about the hidden desires, the needs and daydreams that make us human - our slumbering rationality. As an advocate defending the accused - where her clients included murderers, fraudsters, drug-dealers and pimps - she had a fascinating realisation of the fine line that exists between good and bad and how these notions are not absolute.

 

When reading Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Alice was struck by how close we can feel to Raskolnikov, the novel’s protagonist, even though he perpetrates several serious crimes. Art allows her to play with these elements, of vulnerability and fragility, of feeling, which she could not explore in her profession as a lawyer. And so she abandoned the law, both to dedicate herself to the art of performance, and to be completely herself.

 

Between 1999 and 2004 Alice studied dance at the Rainha Santa School, and at the same time she studied ballet at the Gil Vicente Theater, under the tutelage of dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet. Following her time here, she was keen to discover a contemporary language of dance, and so she took part in the contemporary experimental group. She then went on to the Ballet Summer School in Dresden, Germany, completing her formal training by working as a dancer at Vortice Dance Company in 2011.

 

Alice then turned her mind to making her own work, and to exploring questions of the body through visual art. Her first live performance piece was “Apocalipse”, which won the Portuguese Performance Prize; she then won this same  award two years later, with “The Hunting”. In 2012, she won the  Frame Research Festival award for “Minus”, a filmed performance of hers, and in 2014 she was invited to New York by the Arte Institute to represent Portugal; where, at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she performed “The Hunting”. During that same visit, “Welcome to the Machine” (a video performance of hers, was exhibited at the International Society for Performing Arts Congress. In 2015, she won the Prémios Novos, the national prize for Emerging Artists in the Visual Art category.

 

More recently, she has staged a solo exhibition, “Adagio to One Wolf”, at the Fernando Santos Gallery in Porto. She has collaborated with Julião Sarmento, the visual artist, to make “Five Easy Pieces” and “Notre Dame”. She has also performed “La Chienne” at the exhibition of Julião’s Sarmento’s private collection in Lisbon’s Museu da Eletricidade, alongside the works of Gerhard Richter, Bruce Nauman, Nan Goldin and Marina Abramovic. She is currently preparing a performance with Keziah Jones, the Nigerian singer-songwriter, to be presented at the AKAA Foire d’art contemporaine et de design d’Afrique in Paris.

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Titles


I´m a performance artis as well as a dancer, a choreographer . In my work I have not only been gradually dwelling with the body’s physical presence but also developing the idea of my own body itself as art form; using it as an instrument, transforming and reshaping it, using my anatomical movements in accordance to my own wishes and needs.

It is difficult to separate my art from my own life. My own life feeds my art to the point where both feed off each other synergistically – they are the one and the same. My body thus becomes the artwork, fragmented both in time and space and at the same time the victim and the perpetrator of the immanent tension caused by its physical presence, which takes place in the public sphere. My creative process is divided into an intimate sphere and a public sphere.

I always work based on an emotion or sensorial experience, the final result of the work is like a raw emotion, a zero state which is always influenced by the “landscape” – the tension, histories, memories and energies of the space influences my performance.

All my private performances are site specific.

THe time, the contemplation, the space, and the tensions are my elements.

Titles


I´m a performance artis as well as a dancer, a choreographer . In my work I have not only been gradually dwelling with the body’s physical presence but also developing the idea of my own body itself as art form; using it as an instrument, transforming and reshaping it, using my anatomical movements in accordance to my own wishes and needs.

It is difficult to separate my art from my own life. My own life feeds my art to the point where both feed off each other synergistically – they are the one and the same. My body thus becomes the artwork, fragmented both in time and space and at the same time the victim and the perpetrator of the immanent tension caused by its physical presence, which takes place in the public sphere. My creative process is divided into an intimate sphere and a public sphere.

I always work based on an emotion or sensorial experience, the final result of the work is like a raw emotion, a zero state which is always influenced by the “landscape” – the tension, histories, memories and energies of the space influences my performance.

All my private performances are site specific.

THe time, the contemplation, the space, and the tensions are my elements.

 

2016

Ladystyle, 

performance

tv show "5 para a meia noite" , rtp2, Portugal

 

 

2015

La Chienne,

performance

MAAT Museum, Portugal

 

Swimming Pool Girls,

performance

 

Famous Fest´15, Portugal

 

2014

Tiger Balm,

performance

Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisboa

 

Notre Dame,

performance

Travessa da Ermida Project, Portugal

 

Adagio para um Lobo,

performance

Galeria Fernando Santos, Portugal

 

 

2013

Welcome to the Machine,

video

International Society of Performance Arts Congress, USA

 

Notre Dame,

performance

Travessa da Ermida Project, Portugal

 

Five Easy Pieces, 

performance

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Portugal

 

The Hunting

performance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, USA

 

17 May

video installation

Edíficio AXA, Portugal

 

 

 

2012

Apocalipse,

performance

Teatro Camões, Portugal

 

Minus,

video

Museu Serralves; Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória; Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde, Portugal

Festival Danza Tacoronte , Espanha

Festival de São Carlos, Brasil

 

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AWARDS

 

Prémios novos

2014

 

Jovens Criadores

2014

 

Jovens Criadores

2012

Visual Art, Best Portuguese Emerging Artist

 

 

Dance, Best Portuguese Emerging Choreographer

 

 

Dance, Best Portuguese Emerging Choreographer