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Dance, Art and Philosophy researcher, artist, professor and writer

Ana Mira, based in Lisbon, makes dance performances in collaboration with dance, poetry, sound and visual artists. She researches, lectures and writes on dance and philosophy.
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Academic and Artistic Research Centers

For researchers interested in compromising body, dance and performance art practices, embodied theory and critical thought.

Dance, performance and visual arts organizations

For artists and curators interested in the relation between the body, dance, performance and visual arts and philosophical reflections.

Laboratory, workshop and seminar participants

For participants interested in research issues and experimentation of the body related to the field of dance and philosophy.
“Ana Mira’s vulnerability and humbleness as a performer together with her gentle and enquiring persistence, (…). Leaving us with a room charged with memory and presence, she exposes on a physical and visual level the body and its relationship with context.”
Review by Josephine Leask on Rosemary Butcher’s dance piece (londondance, 2012)

With a focus on the body, I practice ways of dismantling and reinventing embodied patterns through the acts of dancing, reading, reflecting and writing.

About Ana Mira

Ana Mira, a researcher, artist, professor, and writer in dance, art, and philosophy, has cultivated her expertise through international study and research. Her journey has taken her to Europe and the United States, where she studied embodied practices, contemporary dance, and Chi Kung independently. Her academic achievements include a PhD in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University Lisbon (2014), under the guidance of the philosopher José Gil. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting scholar at CRMEP – Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy /Kingston University (UK) and a research fellow of the FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology (

Ana Mira’s research projects in dance and philosophy have garnered significant support and recognition. Her work was funded by institutions such as the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2009/2013), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2007), the Portuguese Ministry of Culture (2002/2003), and the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (1997). These fellowships have not only facilitated her studies at renowned institutions such as CRMEP – Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy /Kingston University and Independent Dance (UK); Performance Studies Department /Tisch School of the Arts – New York University, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Movement Research and Trisha Brown Dance Company (USA); Dans Studio Pauline de Groot (NL) and Dance Exchange /Russell Dumas (FR) but also underscored the significance of her research in the academic and artistic communities.

Ana Mira’s choreographic work includes “At Once”, an adaptation of Deborah Hay’s SPCP/2009 (Teatro Maria Matos, 2010), “Três Estudos para Shihtao” (Teatro Camões, 2007), “Dueto” (Festival Alkantara, 2006). As a dance researcher and performer, she has had the privilege of collaborating with artists such as Pauline de Groot (2001/2003), Russell Dumas (2003/2005), and Rosemary Butcher (2011/2015), enriching her artistic journey and expanding her creative horizons.

Ana Mira has taught internationally embodied practices, improvisation, composition, dance studies, dance and philosophy laboratories, and aesthetics at various performing arts and visual arts universities and educational programs. As part of Baldio | Estudos de Performance, Cultural Association, she created and developed Taking Position, the political and place–experimental course in performance studies (2016). Between 2020 and 2022, Ana Mira curated Coalesce, in the space of the body in thought, a continuous seminar of drawing, dance and philosophy, together with Porta33. She teaches at Lisbon Theater and Film School—Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon and Ar.Co Center for Art and Visual Communication.

Her latest dance, art and philosophy essays include: Do silêncio do corpo, na dança e filosofia (Cegraf UFG, 2023); Corpo e cidade: um estudo sobre o comum e os undercommons nas Acções de Eleonora Fabião (Húmus, 2023); The feet understand: O filme ABCDEFG, de Russell Dumas (1994) (Arte da Cena, 2020); Para una presencia del ritmo en la escritura de Nijinski (Rhuthmos, 2020); Caminha a tua vida: a autobiografia como acto crítico em Still/Here de Bill T. Jones (1994) (Vendaval, 2019); Poema-acontecimento, um encontro entre a palavra e o corpo (Nuisis Zobop e Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto, 2019); Contornos de inexistência: uma leitura da peça coreográfica I AM HERE, de João Fiadeiro (2003) (Teatro Municipal do Porto /INCM, 2018).

She is a member of Nova Institute of Philosophy, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University Lisbon, where she participates in CultureLab’s research group Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art.  

My research aims to investigate the emergence of new possibilities of life, other sensibilities and communities, which can be expressed through the making of dance art and writing.

“The rocking movement, which Ana Mira becomes almost possessed by in her performance, seeps its way into my own body and I find myself swaying in my seat as I watch her”
Review by Eleanor Sikorski on Rosemary Butcher’s dance piece (The Place/Comma 40 Blog, 2011)
Photo credits: Rosemary Butcher & Sam Williams