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About this Group

The Dance Studies Group conducts research focusing on body and digital technologies, dance education, improvisation and social inclusion with special emphasis on the Lusophone World. The group fosters the study of dance and sound as interconnected modes of expressive behavior, in collaboration with other INET-md research groups. In addition, the group is engaged in archiving multimedia documents in partnership with contemporary dance companies and choreographers.

  • To promote an interdisciplinary approach to theory and method in the fields of Ethnochoreology and Cultural Studies in Dance;

  • To develop epistemologies that take into account and articulate the ways in which the body makes its mark on critical theory and performance practice;

  • To study the dynamics between the local and the global, the "glocal" expressive modes, the emergence of new identities and their plural expressions, new ways of cultural exchange, encounter, and social conflicts;

  • To explore new research strategies, taking into account post-colonial studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and gender studies.


  • Transcultural processes in dance in colonial and post-colonial contexts in the Lusophone world and its diasporas;

  • Dance and digital technologies;

  • Dance heritage and its transmition processes;

  • Archiving documents on dance and the performing arts, both in digital and physical carriers;

  • Exploring new ways of archiving the intangible cultural heritage.

Principal Investigator
Associated Laboratories
Regular Events
Jornadas - Annual conference on current issues in the Performing Arts
Mostras de Dança - Annual dance showcase in theatrical venues
Scientific Production (2013 - 2018)
 2019-07-24 grupos de investigacao estudos em danca-en
Ongoing Competitive Projects
Universitá degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
Erasmus 606689-EPP-1-2018-2-IT-EPPKA3-PI-POLICY (as participant)
PTDC/ART-PER/29641/2017 (as participant)
Post-doctoral project funded by FCT: SFRH/BPD/116175/2016




Concluded Competitive Projects

Images from Land and Sea: Frederico de Freitas and music in twentieth-century Portuguese culture

PTDC/EAT-MMU/118753/ 2010 (as participant)
Anthropology: Politics and Displays of Culture and Museology
FCT:PD/00423/2012 (as participant)
University of Malta
LLP Comenius 526813-LLP-1-MT-COMENIUS-CMP: 2012 (as participant)
HAR2013-48658-C2-2-P (as participant)
With Université Nice Sophia Antipolis – Nice (2013)
FCT Pessoa Project n° 227433D
With Université de Lille (2014) FCT Pessoa Programme 2014/20 - Proc. º 441.00
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham LBHF
Erasmus 2015-1-UK01-KA201-013739 (as participant)
Universita' ta' Malta
Erasmus 2016-1-MT01-KA203-015222 (as participant)

Rescur in Action

Ciência Viva competition, in partnership with Aventura Social Association (as participant) (2016)

Projects Supported by INET-md

Post-doctoral research: 2018
Post-doctoral research: 2018
Post-doctoral research: 2017
Archival development project with several partnerships with dance structures: (Ballet Teatro, in Oporto; Dançando com a Diferença, in Madeira; EIRA, in Lisbon; Companhia de Dança de Almada, in Almada; Real Pelágio, in Lisboa), computing companies (KeepSolutions) and digital repositories (Portuguese Cinemathèque/Film Archive; Arquivo.pt)



Knowledge Transfer Projects 

Espaço Alkantara - Release/Public presentation of Terpsicore database

Aveiro Municipality - Application to the Portuguese List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the São Gonçalinho feast (Matrix platform)

CERCIMA - Choreography of the dance piece “Quero Ser” / “I Want to Be”

Companhia Paulo Ribeiro - commemorative video and book of the 20th anniversary of the Paulo Ribeiro Company

Institut Français / Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Public presentation of TEDance project in ‘La Nuit des Idées’

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Performative participation in the exhibition “Pose & Variações”

Innovate Connect Transform ICT 2015 - Organisation and supervision of the showroom TEDance

Mapa D2 / Personare, Embodied in varios Darmstadt'58 (telematic network)

Praia – Portuguese Association Dance Movement Therapy - Organisation of a short-intensive course

VO’ARTE - Regular participation in the InShadow Festival. Highlight at the opening of the 2018 edition

Dançando com a Diferença Dance Company - Field work (2013-2017) and choreographic creation