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Olsi Gjeci
OLSI GJECI

Artistic Director

Choreographer / Dancer

Olsi Gjeci is an Albanian/American choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. He began his professional career as a folk dancer and trained by his father, dancer & choreographer Guri Gjeci. Olsi dances baroque and balinese among other styles.

In 2006, he moved to New York and studied dance and philosophy at Hunter College. He has been dancing with The New York Baroque Dance Company since 2011 and the Trisha Brown Dance Company since December 2013. He is also a member of the Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble and Linda Tomko. He dances with Vicky Shick, among others, in New York. Olsi is founder of the global dance platform UMUV.






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DIANA SEABRA

Assistant AD

Choreographer / Dancer

Diana Seabra nasceu em Oliveira de Azeméis. Iniciou os seus estudos em ballet clássico pela Royal Academy of Dance na EDDALM. Aos 16 anos ganha uma bolsa de verão para frequentar o Bird College em Inglaterra, sob a direção artística de Sue Passmore. Em 2007 licencia-se em Reabilitação pela Faculdade de Motricidade Humana. Em 2010, ganha uma bolsa da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e FLAD, para prosseguir os seus estudos em Dança Terapia em Nova Iorque. Completa o seu mestrado em Dance/Movement Therapy com distinção no Pratt Institute. Em Portugal trabalhou como bailarina com Filipe La Feria, Marco Mercier, AMLive (Cinderela no Gelo), Benvindo Fonseca, Paula Careto, Jacome Filipe, Peter Michael Dietz, PMP (Paulo Magalhães Produções), entre outros. Coreografou para o repertório da Sublime, para atletas de patinagem e para turmas de competição de contemporâneo, angariando prémios para a Oeiras Dance Academy. Exerceu psicomotricidade na Fundação Renascer e trabalhou em escolas com crianças com necessidades educativas especiais. Em Nova Iorque, estagiou na Menorah Nursing Home, no Bellevue Hospital Center e trabalhou com Plai Theatre. Dançou com AVEIA Dance Company, Regina Nejman & Company, Kinetic Architecture e Sublime Dance Company.

Actualmente, Diana é: Directora assistente e coreógrafa da Sublime Dance Company (http://sublimedancecompany.com), Professora, coreógrafa e dança- terapeuta na Oeiras Dance Academy Coreógrafa no Clube de Patinagem de Paço de Arcos Professora dança na Associação Desportiva de Oeiras Presidente de mesa de assembleia da PRAIA - Associação Portuguesa de Dança/Movimento Terapia Co-fundadora da plataforma de dança UMUV (https://www.umuv.world/)






Current dancers

Pedro Carvalho
Pedro Carvalho

Dancer

Pedro António Carvalho was born in 1994 and started dancing at 10 years old. At 17 he had the first contact with classical and contemporary dance at Escola de Dança Diogo de Carvalho in Leiria. In 2013 was admitted in Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional where he finished the 3 years course. During his studies he worked with national and international teachers and choreographers such as: Pedro Carneiro, Catarina Moreira, Boris Storojkov, Mikhail Zavialov, Bruno Roque, Vasco Wellenkamp and Nina Ananiashvili.

As a professional Dancer he worked with young choreographers like Filipa Peraltinha, Elson Ferreira e Margarida Belo Costa at Companhia Projeto M and participated in various dance projects, highlighting: PARTE DE COISA NENHUMA (SDC/Cercioeiras) choreographed by Diana Seabra; A MINHA PÁTRIA É A REVOLUÇÃO (Tiago Vieira); ALCESTE (TNSC). During his career he also participated in productions by the São Carlos National Theatre as an actor and work in other various projects and events of commercial nature as a dancer.




Carlota Rodrigues
Carlota Rodrigues

Dancer

Carlota started her studies in dance at the School of Dance of the National Conservatory. From the age of 16 to 20, she completed her training as a professional dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, as a fellow of the Caloustre Gulbenkian Foundation. Since 2016 he attends the Bachelerato of Dance Pedagogy at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Participates in workshops with Nacho Duato, Azsure Burton, dancers of Wayne Macgregar and GAGA tecnhique. In Portugal he works with the Unstable Company in January 2017.

In June 2017 he co-creates the play "Á Flor da Pele" with Joana Alegre presented at the Gulbenkian. In November of 2017 participates in "Cisnografia" of Luiz Antunes in the Theater Sao luiz. Since 2018 he is a member of the Collective Gospel Group choir. Participates in the productions of the National Theater of São Carlos: "Capoletti e Montequie" (April 2018); "La Traviata" (Jun 18) and "Alceste" (Dec 18, Jan 19). Danced with Guilherme Leal at the Surma concert at the Calustre Gulbenkian Foundation in November 2018. An explorer of expression in the arts, not only movement, representation and interpretation, but also voice in text and music, visual and plastic arts. Open-minded and hungry for the unknown has a keen interest in the synergy that is created between the arts.




Joana Marques
Joana Marques

Dancer

She was born in Lisbon in 1990. She began her career in the field of sports and practiced rhythmic gymnastics competition for ten years, winning several awards at district and national levels.

She was trained in Dance in several schools and with several renowned teachers, such as, Yuri Chantal. Graduated in Dance by the Superior School of Dance in 2012, she spent three years as a dancer invited by teacher Irina Zavialova at the Dance School of the National Conservatory. She also made the modular course F.O.R. dance theater by Olga Roriz.

She joined the Quorum Ballet Academy for four years, working with such choreographers as Jâcome Filipe, Inês Godinho, São Castro, Daniel Cardoso, Elson Ferreira, Filipe Narciso, Margarida Belo Costa and Patrícia Henriques. She was an intern at the Olga Roriz Company and at the Quorum Ballet Company. She also worked with Benvindo da Fonseca and Gonçalo Lobato for Companhia Nós da Dança. She works regularly with Magalie Lanriot as a guest soloist for various shows and events where dance merges with video mapping / motion graphics. She integrates as an interpreter the company of Afro-contemporary Agadá.




Past dancers

Alessia Della Casa

Carolina Branco

Catarina Albano

Charlotte Ghigliazza

Chen Shoham

Diana Carvalho

Erin Hunter Jennings

Faith Kimberling

Gilbert Reyes

Helen Penn

Ivanova Aguilar

Kaitlin Hines

Krisztina Sessi

Marta Rijo

Nelson Seabra

Renato Gomes

Ricardo Henriques

Rui Peixoto

Shara Harad

Tatiana Verissímo

Teresa Manjua

Teresa Pinto

Teresa Pinto

Timothy Edwards

Toshihiko Nakazawa

Traci Klein

Virginia Lin

Vitor Hugo Afonso






Artistic Team


Costume Designer: Vanessa Pessoa, Jesus Roriz, Diana Seabra

Videographer/ Photographer: Alex Viczor

Composer: Miguel Amorim