A OFICINA – Centro de Artes e Mesteres de Guimarães

Retábulos, Teatro Oficina, photograph Paulo Pacheco

A OFICINA – Centro de Artes e Mesteres Tradicionais de Guimarães

A Oficina is a Public Interest Cooperative whose majority shareholder is the Guimarães City Council; nevertheless, its team and management/programming services are fully independent. It manages and programs Centro Cultural Vila Flor (music, performing arts and new circus, art gallery), Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães (contemporary art and José de Guimarães collection), Casa da Memória de Guimarães (territorial interpretive centre, heritage and crafts), Centro de Criação de Candoso (artistic residencies), Espaço Oficina (theatre workshops, Theatre Degree laboratories of Universidade do Minho and creation), Teatro Oficina (theatre company) and a Cultural Education and Mediation servisse (which runs through the whole programme and includes two artistic education school projects).

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Academia de Música de Espinho

Academia de Música de Espinho


The Auditório de Espinho | Academia (AdE), which opened in 2006, belongs to Academia de Música de Espinho (AME), a non-profit association that was founded in 1960 to teach music and divulge culture and art. Ever since its opening, the AdE has been pursuing a distinct and inclusive artistic project through its diverse, autonomous and independent programming, and also through the synergies that come from a close interaction between artistic teaching and cultural programming.    The AdE provides the main stage for the Espinho International Music Festival, as well as for the Espinho Classical Orchestra and the Espinho Jazz Orchestra.

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Contemporary circus, Dance, Music, Puppets, Theatre



For over 25 years, Alkantara has been promoting and developing projects in the performing arts field; this Lisbon-based collective plays a crucial role in the creation of an international community that does not accept any sort of physical, artistic or disciplinary boundaries.
Alkantara Festival is a biennial event that began in 2008. It brings to Lisbon a programme of shows, talks, concerts and celebrations that contributes towards reflection on the relationship between artistic practices and the issues of contemporary society. All year round, Alkantara organises a number of artistic residencies, international meetings and public presentations in Espaço Alkantara.
In 2016, Alkantara began producing Sete Anos Sete Peças, a project by choreographer Cláudia Dias that will continue until 2022. It consists of three different parts: the yearly production of a play, a publishing program and a school-oriented training project.

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Lastro, by Né Barros, Balleteatro, photograph José Caldeira



Ever since its foundation, Balleteatro has been a hub for the development of the performing arts. Established in 1983, it played an important role in the development of an artistic community for contemporary performing arts in Porto. It possesses an important repertoire of choreographic creations by resident artists Isabel Barros and Né Barros; through a number of collaborations with other artists, these creations combine a variety of languages, like the visual arts, photography, music, film and puppetry. Besides its creative work, Balleteatro pioneered the democratisation of the arts via its training courses. In 1989, it opened the first Professional School for dance and theatre in Portugal. Since 2015, the company resides in the iconic Coliseu do Porto Ageas.

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Dançando com a Diferença

Dançando com a Diferença, photograph Júlio da Silva Castro

Associação dos Amigos de arte Inclusiva – DANÇANDO COM A DIFERENÇA

Dançando com a Diferença was founded in 2001 on the island of Madeira, as a wide-ranging educational and social project aimed at bringing Inclusive Dance to the region. This dance company, under the artistic direction of Henrique Amoedo, has become an important reference in the European artistic scene in terms of inclusion through the arts. Currently, it has a branch in Viseu. The company’s repertoire includes works by various choreographers, such as Henrique Rodovalho, Paulo Ribeiro, Rui Horta, Clara Andermatt, Rui Lopes Graça, Tânia Carvalho and La Ribot.

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EGEAC – Empresa de Gestão de Equipamentos e Animação Cultural

Room Luís Miguel Cintra, Detail, Teatro Municipal S. Luiz, photograph Estelle Valente



For over twenty years, EGEAC has been promoting, preserving and organising Lisbon’s cultural events, through its street activities and management of such facilities as the São Luiz and LU.CA theatres, a number of museums and art galleries, and landmarks like the Monument to the Discoveries and the São Jorge Castle. An entity with a wide-ranging involvement in the city, EGEAC organises a programming that is multidisciplinary, encompassing, inclusive and democratic, while aiming at being an active and receptive operator that works in both the contemporary sphere and the more popular fields.

Its goal and mission is to be the leading name in terms of cultural creation and divulgation in the city of Lisbon, a reference as concerns the management of cultural spaces and events, an agent of heritage valorisation, and the activator of an artistic and cultural network. EGEAC intends to create a unique, distinctive cultural personality for Lisbon, stimulating artistic creation and divulgation, supporting major cultural projects and facilitating the communication between the city and its local, national and international audiences.

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Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

Centro Cultural de Belém, photograph Hugo Santos Silva



The Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), an architectural project by Vittorio Gregotti (Italy) and Manuel Salgado (Portugal), is run by a Foundation dedicated to the promotion of culture, particularly Portuguese culture, in its many artistic manifestations.

Located in the western part of Lisbon, by the river Tagus, the CCB was inaugurated in 1993, after hosting the European Union Presidency.

The CCB consists of various buildings, separated by streets, squares and bridges; the whole is a living space in which people work, stroll around and enjoy the creative capabilities of the greatest artists of all time.

In this space, where contemporary forms of expression are highlighted, visitors are offered shows of music and singing, dance and theatre, art exhibitions and a multiplicity of activities dedicated to various audiences and ages.

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Fundação de SERRALVES

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Instituto Politécnico do Porto

Teatro Helena Sá e Costa


Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) is an organic element of Instituto Politécnico do Porto; ESMAE provides training in the areas of Dance, Music and Theatre.

ESMAE hosts Teatro Helena Sá e Costa (THSC), whose mission is to divulge and promote the Arts, enhancing the individual process of learning and development, experimenting with new forms and providing support to budding artistic projects, both within the institution and outside it.

Presently, THSC focuses on presenting new creations and on the hosting of internal and external productions in the performing arts field.

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Dance, Music, Opera, Performance, Theatre

Napalm (companhia de teatro dança em conjunto ou alternadamente)

Napalm, photograph Sónia Granja Barbosa

NAPALM (Companhia de Teatro Dança em Conjunto ou Alternadamente)
NAPALM_ctdca arose from the desire to create an artistic structure that would facilitate a consistent, continuous exploration of the performing arts. We are, intuitively and creatively, a company that works on Theatre and Dance within the context of contemporary art, looking for the future without renouncing the past. Our work is not to be passively enjoyed: our audience must be constantly alert. In our shows, the poetics of the text is diluted through a variety of dramaturgic treatments. Cross-pollination with other contemporary forms enhances the multidisciplinary approach of the company, marked by constant research. We wish to assert ourselves through our way of looking at the world, showing it through our eyes to all who wish to look through them.

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Dance, Theatre

Nome Próprio

A Ballet Story, Nome Próprio, photograph Susana Neves


Founded in the year 2000, Nome Próprio produces contemporary dance and theatre shows. Choreographer and stage director Victor Hugo Pontes – its founder and artistic director – often works on the border area between different artistic languages, making eclectic use of such forms as classical or experimental music, visual arts or literature. Some of his productions are Manual de Instruções, A Ballet Story (2012’s Best Dance Show, according to the Público and Expresso newspapers), ZooCoppiaSe Alguma Vez Precisares da Minha Vida, Vem e Toma-aNocturno and Margem. Over the years, a Nome Próprio has developed projects, shown in Portugal and abroad, in collaboration with various institutions, such as: TNSJ, Teatro Municipal do Porto, CCVF, Gulbenkian, CCB, Teatro Maria Matos, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Festival Panorama (Brazil), Festival de Dance de Cannes, Théâtre de Liège and Festival Paris l’Été, among others.

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O Espaço do Tempo

O Espaço do Tempo

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OPART – Organismo de Produção Artística

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

OPART – Organismo de Produção Artística, E.P.E.

OPART’s aim is providing public service in the areas of classical music and dance, through Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (TNSC) and Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB). The TNSC opened its doors in 1793 and remains today the only Portuguese theatre dedicated to the production and presentation of opera and choral/symphonic music shows. Its resident musical groups are Coro do TNSC (1943) and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (1993). As for CNB (1977), based at Teatro Camões, it presents important works from the international repertoire, from classical evergreens to pieces by choreographers like Balanchine, De Keersmaeker, Forsythe, Joos, Kylián, Limon, Van Manen or Spöerli. Concurrently, CNB has, for the past forty years, created a very personal identity for itself by making several commissions, largely from Portuguese authors like Armando Jorge, Fernando Duarte, Olga Roriz, Rui Lopes Graça or Vasco Wellenkamp.

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Dance, Music, Opera

Produções Independentes


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Teatro Académico Gil Vicente

Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, photograph Ivo Tavares


The Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (TAGV) is a part of the University of Coimbra. Since its opening in 1961, its cultural, artistic and educational mission has always been fulfilled between the City and the University. A public service venue, the TAGV offers a regular and varied programming, thus connecting Coimbra to various theatre, dance, music and film networks in Portugal and abroad.

Its projects, which stretch across time and have their own programmatic lines, which makes

them unique in the Portuguese artistic scene, include: Centro de Dramaturgia Contemporânea; Encontro de Novas Dramaturgias (Festival END); Abril Dança em Coimbra, Mostra de Teatro Universitário; and École des Maîtres, an international project of advanced training.

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Teatro do Bairro

Teatro do Bairro



In the very heart of Bairro Alto, at 63, Luz Soriano Street, Teatro do Bairro occupies the space that for decades housed the rotary press of newspaper Diário Popular, right next door to the National Conservatory’s Music School. Located in a historically privileged hotspot of artistic experiences, it acts as a platform for various contemporary performing arts, with a diversified programming that invites the circulation of different artists and audiences. Besides its own productions, it also hosts outside shows, in the areas of theatre, music, film and dance. This interdisciplinary programming, which includes several in-house creations, allows for a number of welcome exchanges and cross-pollinations, whereby all participants are enriched. Teatro do Bairro is a place where citizens come into contact with the various arts and their creators.

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Teatro do Bolhão

Vestígio, Teatro do Bolhão, photograph Pedro Figueiredo


TEATRO DO BOLHÃO – Training and Production Centre

Teatro do Bolhão was founded in 2003 by a group of 15 professionals with important careers in various areas of theatrical creation and production, as well as a wide artistic and ethical common ground, defined during their work at ACE Escola de Artes. The company pursues an eclectic creation model, that includes the rereading of classic drama, the divulgation of new authors and the pluridisciplinary work of Joana Providência. Housed since 2015 in Palácio do Bolhão, a classified historic building that holds its two auditoriums, Teatro do Bolhão is a space for creation, programming and autonomous, differentiated hosting. Also of note is the work of its Educational Service, which serves children, school groups and informal visitors.

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Teatro Nacional de São João

Teatro Nacional de São João, photograph João Tuna


Founded in the 1990s, the Teatro Nacional São João (TNSJ) has sought, under the direction of Ricardo Pais, to pursue an organic approach to its mission, focused on developing a unique artistic project, assembling optimal conditions for theatrical creation, an engaged partnership with the Portuguese and European theatrical universes and a particular emphasis on the communicability of its shows. A member of the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe since 2003, the TNSJ also comprises Teatro Carlos Alberto, an important platform for collaborations with Porto theatrical companies and for many Portuguese contemporary stage creations, and the São Bento da Vitória Monastery, a 17th-century monument that hosts theatrical performances and other events in the TNSJ’s programming.

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Teatro Viriato – CAEV

Teatro Viriato


Teatro Viriato is a cultural structure for the programming and production of performing arts, run by Centro de Artes do Espetáculo de Viseu, Associação Cultural e Pedagógica and directed by Paula Garcia. Since 1999, it also hosts Companhia Paulo Ribeiro. An object lesson in cultural decentralisation, its programming features many Portuguese and foreign shows of music, theatre, dance and new circus, as well as various educational activities, operating within various local, national and international networks. Teatro Viriato supports Portuguese artists via co-productions and residency support, while also helping professional artists who wish to reside in Viseu. Since 1998, it enjoys the financial support of the Viseu Municipality and the Portuguese Government.

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