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Alice Joana

gonçalves

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Overview


Alice Joana

gonçalves

 

b.1986

Coimbra, Portugal

 
 

 

 

 

 

Alice Joana Gonçalves, performance and visual artist. Alice was born in Coimbra but raised in Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in Portugal.

She works at the inclusion of human being in the enviromnent /landscape/arquithecture executing slow motion performances. Envolving a deep research (philosophically) of human essence, as a criminal lawyer graduated understood the feelings and thoughs of criminals and after, as a inclusive dance/performance teacher worked with disable people and marginalized people and now as a artist she can do it with pure freedom trough the performances, videos , drawings and installations arts.

 

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 master in Criminal Law, and post graduated 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 was Apocalipse, which won the Portuguese Performance Prize; then she won this same  award 2 years later, with The Hunting. In 2012, she won the  Frame Research Festival award (Minus ), a video performance, 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. Welcome to the Machine,a video performance 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.

 

In 2015, Adagio to One Wolf (performance) 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. Foxes is her new work, she performed at Teatro Ibérico, Lisbon and it gonna be at Malta Festival (Poznan, Poland) curated by Nástio Mosquito. Really recently she did the Marina Abramovic´s workshop “Cleaning the House (Greece, Marina Abramovic Institute).

Titles


I´m a performance artist 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.

I always work based on an emotion or sensorial experience belongs human nature, the final result of the work is like a raw emotion

All my performances are site specific

Titles


I´m a performance artist 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.

I always work based on an emotion or sensorial experience belongs human nature, the final result of the work is like a raw emotion

All my performances are site specific

2018                                                        

The Foxes

performance

Palácio do Sobralinho, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal

Teatro Ibérico, Lisboa, Portugal

Beauty is a hidden place

                                                                 performance site specific

                                                                  Ritz´s Presidential Suite , Lisboa, Portugal

 

2016

Ladystyle, 

performance

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

 

 

2015

La Chienne,

performance site specific

MAAT Museum, Portugal

 

Swimming Pool Girls,

performance site specific

 

Famous Fest´15, Portugal

 

2014

Tiger Balm,

performance site specific

Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisboa

 

Notre Dame,

performance site specific

Travessa da Ermida Project, Portugal

 

Adagio para um Lobo,

performance site specific

Galeria Fernando Santos, Portugal

 

 

2013

Welcome to the Machine,

video

International Society of Performance Arts Congress, USA

 

Notre Dame,

performance site specific

Travessa da Ermida Project, Portugal

 

Five Easy Pieces, 

performance site specific

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