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Joclécio Azevedo was born in Brazil in 1969. He lives and works in Porto since 1990. He has finished a Theatre degree at Balleteatro Professional School in Porto (1990-93). Some of his experiences as a performer (dance, performance and film) were creations made by José Caldas, João Paulo Seara Cardoso, Roberto Merino, José Wallenstein, Companhia Gioco Vita, Isabel Barros, Né Barros, Ana Figueira, Joana Providência, Pedro Carvalho, André Guedes, Simone Forti, Gary Stevens, Ronit Ziv, Catarina Campino, Saguenail, Jean-Marc Heim, Peter Bebjak/Juraj Korec, Tino Seghal, Joshua Sofaer, Isabelle Schad and Miguel Pereira. From 1997 to 1999 he has directed and programmed “Perspectivas”, a Dance and Theatre Festival in Vila do Conde, Portugal. In 1999 he took part in two “dance constructions” by Simone Forti (The Huddle” and “Slant Board”), which were performed as part of the complementary program supporting the exhibition entitled Circa/68 at Serralves Museum. From 2001 he presented his work at different festivals, choreographic residences and dance platforms such as “Repérage – Reencontres Internationales de la Jeune Chorégraphie” in Lille (tooking also part at the Repérages’s choreographic residence in Tunisia), Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture (being a co-creator and performer in a collaboration project), "Mudanças 2002 - Platform of Portuguese Contemporary Dance" in Porto, Festival Portugal at Treffpunkt Rotebuhlplatz in Stuttgart - 2002, AEROWAVES at "The Place" in London – 2003, CAPITALS (Acarte meetings - 2003) in Lisbon and Festival de La Bâtie in Genéve - 2004. In 2004 he staged a new work with students from Laban Centre in London as part of Moviment04, a Festival of Portuguese choreography produced by The Hub/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Following his interest in research projects he’s been participating in choreographic residences such as MUGATXOAN (Arteleku/San Sebastián and Fundação de Serralves/Porto - 2002) and Colina 2003 (O espaço do tempo – Montemor-o-Novo). From 2003 he had collaborations with Swiss choreographer Jean-Marc Heim working as a performer in the piece “Va et Vient” (Prize of the Swiss critic of dance and choreography in 2004), as a performer and dramatist in “Creatura” (2005), and as a dramatist in “Flagrant Delhi” (2008) and “Superflux” (2011). In 2012 he collaborated with Ana Borralho & João Galante, Vera Mantero and Rita Natálio, among others, for the creation of the project “Sub-Reptício (corpo clandestino) at São Luiz Teatro Municipal in Lisbon. He was artistic director of NEC – Nucleus for Choreographic Experimentation in Porto, between 2006 and 2011. From 2010 he integrates the plenary direction of GDA. "In Spite of the Evidence" (2003), “the melted mirror” (2004), “In a Short way” (2004), “Inventory” (2007), “Open Scores” (2009), “A commissioned piece” (2009), “Alexandria (Fragmentos) (2011), “Soiled” (2012), “Unfinished” (2013), Wreckage (2015) and “Intermittences” (2015/2016) are some of his works in choreography and performance. From 2012 he has been a Resident Artist at Circular Cultural Association in Vila do Conde, Portugal.

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