Full name: Paula Gouveia Varanda
Quoting name: Paula Varanda
Position(s) within IHA: RG Member [Contemporary Art Studies]
CIÊNCIA ID: 531F-C785-D8AD
Scopus ID: 57201404927
Paula Varanda has developed a professional career in the field of dance and art, working in different areas such as choreography, performance, teaching, production and writing. She has collaborated with several organizations on the management of public events and publications in the performing arts sector, researching cultural policies, as well as developing international networking and local community projects.
Her last assignment, until 2018, was a two-year position as director general of the arts council in Portugal – Direção-Geral das Artes, from the Ministry Of Culture.
She has an MA on Choreography and Performing Arts from Middlesex University (London, 2003) and graduated from Escola Superior de Dança (Upper School of Dance, Lisbon, 1994). During the academic year of 2010/2011 she was associate teacher at this same school for the Master’s degree in contemporary choreography, lecturing at the new technologies workshop. In 2008 she enrolled again in Middlesex University as a research student for PhD (awarded in January 2016), funded by the Portuguese branch of Gulbenkian Foundation (2008/2010) and by the Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal from 2011.
For the Portuguese newspaper Público she wrote dance reviews between 2004 and 2016. In February 2012 Editora Caleidoscópio published Dançar é Crescer a book about the work of choreographer Aldara Bizarro and Project Respira. She has also published occasionally with other editors (European Festivals Association 2015, Companhia Paulo Ribeiro 2015, Alkantara 2010, Daniel Tércio 2009, Obscena 2008 and 2010, Animated 2004).
During 2004-07 she has worked at the Institute for the Arts of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture as a dance consultant. Between 2008 and 2014, she directed Dansul – a network dance project in the southeast of Portugal, offering classes, workshops, performances and choreographic research to the local population.
Investigadora doutorada pela Middlesex University em Humanidades e Estudos Artísticos (Londres, 2016), concluiu o Master of Arts em 2003 e o Bacharelato em Dança em 1994. Autora de Dançar é Crescer – Aldara Bizarro e o Projeto Respira (2012), fez crítica para o jornal Público (2004-2016) e publicou em várias edições. Profissionalizou-se na produção e coordenação de projetos artísticos até 2005 (Danças na Cidade/Alkantara, Re.Al-João Fiadeiro, Danse Bassin Mediterranée e Body-Data-Space) e em 2008, criou um projeto de dança para a comunidade no sudeste alentejano. Foi professora na Escola Superior de Dança e outras instituições. Foi Directora-Geral das Artes no Ministério da Cultura (2016-2018). Interessam-lhe particularmente questões sobre práticas do corpo e novos média, educação, inclusão e descentralização, e as políticas culturais para acesso e sustentabilidade das artes.
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RG – Research Group