Cristina Planas Leitão

Short bio

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Cristina Planas Leitão, Porto (PT), 1983. Holds a BA in Dance Performance from ArtEZ – Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem (NL) – 2006. From 2007 to 2012 collaborated with Italian – Dutch based choreographer Gabriella Maiorino and Dansmakers Amsterdam (NL) participating in all her pieces during this period as a performer or rehearsal director. Since then as performed for Isabelle Schad (DE); Flávio Rodrigues / BCN (PT): Vloeistof (NL); Catarina Miranda (PT) and is currently performing in Marco da Silva Ferreira’s piece Brother. As rehearsal director she has worked as well for Hofesh Shechter (2012-2014) and Gregory Maqoma (2015) for Companhia Instável. In 2015, she is one of the selected artists to participate in The Porto Sessions  – a project drawn and developed by Meg Stuart/ Damaged Goods and Mezzannine.

In 2011, in Porto, was one of the initiators of “encontros desNORTE” (2011-2017), created the project Conquering the studio: a time for research for BCN and Companhia Instável (PT). Since 2016 she runs and coordinates Aquecimento Paralelo for Teatro Municipal do Porto and in 2017 she is invited to collaborate with the theater for Festival DDD within the context of the audience mediation team.

In 2010 she was one of 50 artists chosen by David Zambrano, to be a part of 50 days of Flying Low and Passing Through in Costa Rica, being part of the only certified group to teach and reform the techniques. Since then has been teaching internationally – a pedagogic activity that she keeps in parallel with creating, which is her primary focus.

In 2012, co-creates The very delicious piece with Jasmina Krizaj with more than 30 international performances and nominated for the Gibanica prize, in Slovenia. With this creation they established a long-term collaboration continuing later on in 2014, with the making of The Very Boring Piece. In 2014, engaging on her own authorship, she premiered the solo bear me and in 2016, FM [featuring mortuum] with an extensive national tour. In the same year, with an XL version of The Very Delicious Piece, she was finalist, together with Jasmina Krizaj and a cast of 8 performers at Danse Élargie 2016 – Théâtre de la Ville, Paris. Her work has been presented internationally in venues such as Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künsten, Dresden (DE), The Place, London (UK); Théâtre de la Ville (FR); Triskelion Arts NY (USA); I like to watch Too, Julidans Festival Amsterdam (NL); Malta Festival, Poznan (POL); Plesni Teater Ljubljana (SI); Stara Mestna Elektrarna, Ljubljana (SI); Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture (SI); No_Body Festival (CY); Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli. Campo Alegre (PT); GUIdance Festival, Guimarães (PT); BoxNova Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa (PT); Festival Cumplicidades, Lisboa (PT); Centro de Arte de Ovar; Cine-Teatro Louletanto, Loulé (PT); Teatro Municipal de Faro (PT) among many others, and has been supported by Foundations like Calouste Gulbenkian, GDA Direitos dos Artistas and by the Ministry of Culture/ DGArtes (PT). Her body of work is featured in the documentary series Portugal que Dança (2017), created for RTP2 [ep. 2 of 17], where each episode portrays the work of the most vibrant Portuguese choreographers of today.

 


Detailed bio

Cristina Planas Leitão was born in Porto, (PT), 1983. Holds a BA in Dance Performance from ArtEZ – Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem (NL) – 2006. In 2009 was awarded the DanceWEB Scholarship Program, Vienna (AT), mentored by Philipp Gehmacher and Christine de Smedt. From 2007 to 2012 collaborated with Italian – Dutch based choreographer Gabriella Maiorino and Dansmakers Amsterdam (NL) participating in all her pieces during this period as a performer or rehearsal director. In 2013 Cristina, performed in the revival of Experience #1, a piece by Isabelle Schad (DE), at Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto and in NIL-CITY by Flávio Rodrigues/ Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte (PT). For the company she has created and coordinated the research project Conquering the studio: a time for research inviting Jared Gradinger (DE/USA), Lee Meir (IL/DE), Robert Clark (UK) and Mala Kline (SI/BE). This project has had two further editions, in collaboration with Companhia Instável, Porto.

As rehearsal director she has worked as well for Hofesh Shechter (2012-2014) and Gregory Maqoma (2015) for Companhia Instável. In 2015, she is one of the selected artists to participate in The Porto Sessions  – a project drawn and developed by Meg Stuart/ Damaged Goods and Mezzannine. She has performed in REIPOSTO REIMORTO by Catarina Miranda and is currently performing in Marco da Silva Ferreira’s piece Brother.

In 2011, in Porto, she was one of the initiators of “encontros desNORTE” (2011-2017), which culminated in the summer of 2013 in an open Platform for the artists of the city to show their work and to collaborate in an open discourse space, supported by Teatro Nacional de São João, Porto and continuing throughout 2017.

In 2016 created the project Aquecimento Paralelo for Teatro Municipal do Porto, which she runs and coordinates since then and in 2017 she is invited to collaborate with the same institution for Festival DDD within the context of the audience mediation team.

In 2010 she was one of 50 artists chosen by David Zambrano, to be a part of 50 days of Flying Low and Passing Through in Costa Rica, being part of the only certified group to teach and reform the techniques since then. Being a student of Zambrano since 2005, Cristina has been sharing her knowledge of the work as well as developing it internationally at ArtEZ (NL); Codarts Rotterdam (NL); Tanzquartier Wien (AT); K3/ Kampnagel Hamburg (DE); Henny Jurriens Stichting, Amsterdam (NL); Fórum Dança, Lisbon (PT); Balleteatro (PT); Ginasiano Escola de Dança (NL); ACE (PT), Dance Italia, Lucca (IT), Mark Morris Dance Center (NY), Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL); Dance Ireland (IR); Folkwang University – Essen (DE); among many other places Universities and studios across Europe. Currently she is a faculty member of ArtEZ, University for the Arts, Arnhem (NL) and Ginasiano Escola de Dança (PT). A pedagogic activity that she keeps in parallel with creating.

Since 2011, her primary focus is her own choreographic work which she started to develop in collaboration with Jasmina Krizaj with The very delicious piece – a piece produced in the frame of the network Modul Dance (EDN) with more than 30 international performances. This piece as been nominated for the Gibanica prize in Slovenia. With this creation they established a long-term collaboration continuing later on in 2014, with the making of The Very Boring Piece.

In 2014, engaging on her own authorship, she premiered the solo bear me, presented at GUIdance Festival 2015 (PT) and lately in New York in 2017, which was acclaimed by the critic. In 2016 creates the piece FM [featuring mortuum] with an extensive national tour, receiving support from the Ministry of Culture and several other foundations. In the same year, with an XL version of The Very Delicious Piece, she was finalist, together with Jasmina Krizaj and a cast of 8 performers at Danse Élargie 2016 – Théâtre de la Ville, Paris. In 2017 she deepens her work with the creation of UM [unimal] to premiere in 2018 in coproduction with Culturgest, Lisbon (PT), Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT) and Teatro Aveirense (PT).

Her work has been presented internationally in venues such as Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künsten, Dresden (DE), The Place, London (UK); Théâtre de la Ville (FR); Triskelion Arts NY (USA); I like to watch Too, Julidans Festival Amsterdam (NL); Malta Festival, Poznan (POL); Plesni Teater Ljubljana (SI); Stara Mestna Elektrarna, Ljubljana (SI); Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture (SI); No_Body Festival (CY); Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli. Campo Alegre (PT); GUIdance Festival, Guimarães (PT); BoxNova Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa (PT); Festival Cumplicidades, Lisboa (PT); Centro de Arte de Ovar; Cine-Teatro Louletanto, Loulé (PT); Teatro Municipal de Faro (PT) among many others, and has been supported by Foundations like Calouste Gulbenkian, GDA Direitos dos Artistas and by the Ministry of Culture/ DGArtes (PT).

She has been an Artist in Residency at Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (DE); Plesna Izba Maribor (SI); Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL); Dance Ireland (IR); GrandStudio Brussels (BE); MD Kollektiv (DE);  Centro Danza Canal (ES); Bora Bora (DK); NAVE (CI); O Espaço do Tempo (PT); Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT); 23 Milhas / Ílhavo (PT); Devir-Capa, Faro (PT); Teatro Nacional S. João (PT) and Companhia Instável (PT). She is the Artistic Director of Bacteria Cultural Association.

Her body of work is featured in the documentary series Portugal que Dança (2017), created for RTP2 [ep. 2 of 17], where each episode portrays the work of the most vibrant Portuguese choreographers of today.

AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

  • 2017 – National Arts Directorate Support/ DGArtes for the creation of UM [unimal] – BACtéria
  • 2017 – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation [internationalization] international residencies of UM [unimal] – BACtéria
  • 2017 – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation [internationalization] of bear me in New York
  • 2016 – Finalist at Danse Élargie 2016 at Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (co-organized by Musée de la Danse, Rennes) with The Very Delicious Piece XL. Financially Supported by the Municipality of Porto.
  • 2015 – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – program for dance creation for FM [featuring mortuum]
  • 2015 – National Arts Directorate Support/ DGArtes for the creation of FM [featuring mortuum] – BACtéria
  • 2015 – GDA Direitos dos Artistas for touring the piece FM [featuring mortuum] – BACtéria
  • 2014 – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – program for dance internationalization of The Very Boring Piece
  • 2013 – Nominated with The Very Delicious Piece for Gibanica (Moving Cake) – Slovene Dance Award for best Slovene dance piece of 2011-13
  • 2010 – Scholarship recipient of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (PT) for David Zambrano’s project (internationalization)
  • 2009 – Scholarship recipient of DanceWEB 5-week residency scholarship Program within the frame of Impulstanz Festival 09, Vienna (AT) – mentored by Philipp Gehmacher and Christine de Smedt. Grant holder from Nederlandse Fonds voor de Podium Kunsten (NL), Van denEnde Foundation (NL), Fundação Engenheiro António de Almeida (PT) to participate in the program
  • 2008 – 3rd Prize in the competition c.o.n.t.est08 in Estonia with the solo SKINNED (choreography and performance). Prize given by Wim Vandekeybus and Teet Kaask.

 

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updated Oct 2017