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João Fiadeiro

Forum Dança, Lisboa, Portugal

João Fiadeiro belongs to the generation of choreographers that emerged towards the end of the 1980s and, following the American post-modern movement as well as the French and Belgian Nouvelle Danse movements, gave rise to the Nova Dança Portuguesa [New Portuguese Dance]. A large part of his education and training was carried out between Lisbon, New York and Berlin. He then joined the Companhia de Dança de Lisboa [Lisbon Dance Company] (1986-88) and the Gulbenkian Ballet (1989-90).

In 1990 he founded the RE.AL Company that supported the creation and diffusion of his own shows, regularly presented all over Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and South America, and also represented and coached emerging artists, as well as transdisciplinar artists during the LAB/Projectos em movimento [LAB/Moving Projects].

In 2008 he suspended his activity as a choreographer and author, turning his focus to projects where the process – opposing to the product – becomes the central object, a shift that conditioned his activity and the program developed by Atelier Real, the structure of which he is the artistic director.

The Real Time Composition method, that was first designed to support the writing and the dramaturgical composition of his works, has in the meanwhile become a theoretical-practical tool and platform to understand and rethink decision, representation and cooperation, both in art and in life. This research develops in cooperation with many other disciplines, such as economy, neurobiology and complex systems sciences, and it has lead João Fiadeiro to coordinate workshops in Masters and PhDs in several national and international schools and universities.