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Ana Mira is a researcher, artist, professor, and writer in the fields of dance, art, and philosophy. She studied embodied practices, contemporary dance, and Chi Kung independently in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University Lisbon (2014), under the guidance of the philosopher José Gil, with the thesis Silence, potency and gesture: a body in dance, during which she was a visiting scholar at CRMEP – Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy /Kingston University (UK) and a research fellow of Foundation for Science and Technology (http://run.unl.pt/handle/10362/14026).
Her dance and philosophy research projects have been supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2009/2013), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2007), Portuguese Ministry of Culture (2002/2003), and Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (1997). These fellowships allowed her to study at 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).
Her choreographic work included “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 dance researcher and performer, Ana Mira collaborated with Pauline de Groot (2001/2003), Russell Dumas (2003/2005), and Rosemary Butcher (2011/2015).
Ana Mira has been teaching internationally embodied practices, improvisation, composition, dance studies, dance and philosophy laboratories, 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). Since 2020, that she has been collaborating with Porta33. Currently, she is teaching 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: 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.