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A equipa da Fogo Lento - Associação Cultural

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Costanza Givone  / Artistic Direction/Performer

Costanza is a multidisciplinary artist, raised in Italy and currently based in Porto. She holds a master degree in performing arts and a post-graduate degree in Contemporary dance(ESMAE, Porto). She studied contemporary dance at CEM (Lisbon) and CPDC (Florence), biomechanics with Nikolaj Karpov (from the GITIS academy, Mosca).In her artistic career she highlights the artists Virgilio Sieni, Simona Bucci, Sofia Neuparth, Peter Michael Dietz, Vera Mantero, Alexej Merkushev (Derevo theatre), Gey Pin Ang, Gabriella Bartolomei, with whom she studied e the choreographers and directors Madalena Victorino, Aldara Bizarro, André Braga e Cláudia Figueiredo, with whom she worked. In 2006 she cofounded the theatre company Zaches Teatro to work on the relation beetween puppet theatre, dance and perfomance. Since 2012 she develops personal projects in collaboration with artists from different areas: Fogo Lento (winner of Isabel Alves Costa grant 2018), Tempo Rói (première TAGV, Coimbra, 2015), Santas de Roca (production Artemrede 2013), Salomè ha Perso il Lume (final selection of Premio Scenario, première FIMFA).

She creates transdisciplinary performances where the centre of the research is the relation of body with limits and materials.

Photo by Sofia Arriscado

João VladimiroVideomaker and Designer

Holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Porto’s Faculty of Fine Arts.

From 1999 to 2012 he joined the Circolando company as a creator/performer/video artist. The performances were presented all over the world, from Rio de Janeiro to Seul, receiving all kinds of awards.  

In 2006 starts its filming with Pé Na Terra (Foot on the Ground) , Best Portuguese Short Film Director Award at Indie Lisboa. After that directs Jardim (Garden), 2007; Lacrau, 2013, Best Portuguese Feature Film Award and the Tree of Life Award at Indie Lisboa; A Lã e a Neve (The Wool and the Snow), 2014; Anteu, 2018. His films have been presented in festivals such as Fid Marseille, Rio de Janeiro, Vienalle, Sevilla, BAFICI (Buenos Aires), London (ICA), IFFR (Roterdamm) and New York Film Festival.


While performer he has continued to work with choreographers such as Karine Ponties, Madalena Victorino, Ainhoa Vidal and Joana Providência.

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Francisca Lacerda  / Producer

Francisca Lacerda has been working since 2010 with artist booking and events production, as a freelancer. In 2008 completed the Integrated Master in Psychology of Deviant Behavior, but soon moved into the area of production and events, collaborating with a booking agency for 6 years (Xinfrim Eventos Musicais). Worked as Production Assistant in several events (Festival Noites Ritual, MIMO Amarante, Crokas Rock, Há Festa na Aldeia, Festas Sebastianas, Passagem de Ano do Porto, Praça de Natal, Festival Vicious HipHop, GASMusic...) and in theater shows (Musical Cinderela and GritoPorto). She has other activities, such as Road Manager for bands, Production at Hard Club, Staff Coordination and Management of dressing rooms / catering at events. Has some experience in Cinema / Tv series Production, as Production Coordinator of the series for RTP1 “Capitães do Açúcar” and Production Assistant in advertising (Mercedes, Canon, Sagres, Graham's...).


Thamiris Carvalho /Grant "Estrume" Coordinator 

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Thamiris is a Brazilian artist based in Portugal since 2013. She's degrees in Sciences of Communication at Universidade Lusófona do Porto (Portugal) in 2018. Since then she has been working as producer and production assistat for many projects, including her iniciative Corpo de Encontro - sharing creative process trhough moviment, in colaboration with Sara Silva e Teresa Fabião.

Beside that, as a performer, she worked with the Brazilian coreographers Deborah Colker and Esther Weitzman. In 2013 she joined the Kale Companhia de Dança (Porto, Portugal), under the artistic direction of Marcelo Ferreira and Joana Castro, playing pieces by Isabel Ariel, Elisabeth Lambeck, Eldad Ben-Sasson, Joclécio Azevedo and Paula Moreno, with whom collaborated in works of her collective - Ama.Zones. From  2017 on Thamiris has been colaborating with artists and dance companies such as Renan Martins de Oliveira, Mara Andrade, ESTRUTURA, Marco Ferreira da Silva, Ballet Comtemporâneo do Norte - BCN, Cão Danado, Projeto Cardo, Joana Castro, Davis Freeman, Carlota Lagido, Jérôme Bel. 

Photo by Xana Novais 


Ece CanlıComposer

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Ece is a design researcher, artist and musician; born and raised in Turkey and currently based in Porto, Portugal. She holds a Ph.D. in Design from University of Porto (Portugal) and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Sweden). Her tools of investigation include text, voice, sound, and artefacts. 

She performed with the queer-feminist colective T.I.R (Stockholm) and colaborated with many artists, musicians and coreographers such as Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Joclécio Azevedo, Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Garcia de Selva, Nina Jeppsson, Carolina Nylund e Extrastruggle. Currently she composes and plays at the projects: NOOTIO (with Angélica V. Salvi),  LIVE LOW (by Pedro Augusto aka Ghuna X) and her solo VOX FLORA, VOX FAUNA

Photo by Cecília de Fátima

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Sandra Neves /Scenography and Objects

Sandra has a degree in Sculpture from Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, in 2005.

She develops drawing and sculpture work alongside several collaborations in the creation of scenography, props, masks and puppets for theater and dance pieces.

Founds the Trupe Fandanga, an experimentation group in the area of ​​puppets and object theater. She has worked with Teatro da Palmilha Dentada since its formation. In the area of ​​scenography and props, she worked in several productions by companies such as Circolando, Astro Fingido, Lufa-Lufa, Teatro Art'imagem and Teatro Regional da Serra do Montemuro. She worked with Teatro Municipal da Guarda, Teatro Bruto, Victor Hugo Pontes, Vera Santos, Teatro da Didascália and Teatro da Rainha.

In the creation and construction of puppets, the work developed with Teatro da Palmilha Dentada, Patrick Murys, Limite Zero, Art'imagem, Mau Artista, Teatro da Rainha and the Teatro de Marionetas do Porto stands out. She did Art Direction for the films Coveiro and DRVO - A Árvore by André Gil Mata and BAF by Patrícia Viana Almeida. She signs the Art Direction for the stop-motion short film Anamorphose by João Rodrigues, still in production.

Photo by Júlio Eme 

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Artistas que colaboram com a Fogo Lento - Associação Cultural


Rafael MaiaSound Designer

    After completing his studies in light and sound design at ESMAE in 2018, Rafael would have already participated in several professional theater, dance and music productions as a visual and sound artist. He has worked with renowned creators worldwide, having also created artistic installations both in Portugal and Sweden.

    Finishes his master studies in Sound Design at Universidade Católica do Porto. Motivated by the timbral potential of sound, wrote his dissertation "The Sonic Nature Of An Emotion", in which he explores the relationship between timbre and emotional perception. Legendary Tigerman, Dead Combo, Pedro Tudela and many others, have collaborated in this research, including also a scientific-industrial collaboration with the well-known synthesizer company Moog Inc., and RME.

    Currently, he dedicates his artistic activity to the exploration of this relationship.

    In the cinema's field, he has worked as a composer on several award-winning short films presented at festivals, also having collaborated with the production company "Bando À Parte".

    Focusing on the timbral valences he explores, Rafael was invited to teach at the Contemporary Academy of Spectacle, he also collaborates with the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Porto.”

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    Mariana Figueroa Light Designer

    Graduated in Photography and Theatre at Escola Superior Artística do Porto (1998 - 2002), and specialized in Light Engineering at Escola Superior de Tècniques de les Arts de l'Espectacle, Barcelona (2008-2010). Has worked both in stage photography and product photography. Coordinated the Photography vocational training course and worked as Photography instructor at Escola Professional Profitecla (2010-2015). Since 2010 she has been working as a light technician and light designer for theater, dance, music and opera shows. Worked with Carla Veloso and Igor Gandra (Teatro de Ferro), Pedro Moura, Companhia de Dança do Norte, Sopa de Pedra, António Durães, Catarina Costa e Silva, Quarteto Contratempus, Inês Campos, Joana Castro, Filipe Moreira and Lola Sousa.

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    Ricardo Vaz Trindade Actor, director, playwright

    Ricardo Vaz Trindade is an actor, director and playwright. He has a degree in architecture by FCTUC and a post-graduation in Theatre Studies by FLUL. As an actor he worked with Nuno Cardoso, Madalena Victorino, Ana Borralho & João Galante, Amarelo Silvestre, among others. He researches collaborative theatre and stage writing and went through an apprenticeship with The Team (NY). He enrolled in the 1st Theatre Writing Laboratory by TNDMII. 

    Photo by Cláudia Morais


    Susana Domingos Gaspar / Choreographer, dancer

    She graduated in Dance/performance at Escola Superior de Dança, studied Choreography in the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Program and in Dance in the Community at Fórum Dança. Postgraduated in Fasciatherapy / Somatology. She worked with several portuguese choreographers including Madalena Vitorino , Filipa Francisco and Aldara Bizarro . Has done choreographic assistance in Costanza Givone's works, among others. Choreographed “Register” (2005), "Enleio" (2006), "Trees connect birds to the earth" (2007), "It was as if the ground swallowed her" and "The chestnut rind" (2009), "I die where I am trapped ” (2010), "An artist at home" (2013), "Ostinato Cantabile" (2015), "Lava" and "Ka" (2016), "Catalága" (2017), "Classe do Jaime" (2018) and "Housing Collective" (2021). She collaborated with Teatro de Montemuro and Amarelo Silvestre, in the theater area. Develops pedagogical work since 2002 and did cultural mediation at the Carlos Reis Municipal Museum, between 2015 and 2018. In 2014, she integrated the residency and mentoring program of the Polverigi Festival, in Italy, with Cláudia Dias, Francesca Lattuada and Iris Karayan. She studied with Emannuelle Huynh, in Minde. She developed political, union and associative work. She's an housing ativist and a choir singer. She is Leonor's mother. 

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