OpenFLR Young Talent 2018 – João Cidade

João Cidade is born in Campo Maior, Portugal, in 1990. He graduates from EPAOE – Chapitô (Lisbon) in 2010 with a professional certificate in performing arts – specialised in contemporary dance and aerial acrobatics. In that same year he does an internship with CPBC (Portuguese Contemporary Ballet Company) before he moves to the United Kingdom to further invest in his learning process and to continue working as a freelance performer. Studies at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, the National Centre for Circus Arts and The Actors’ Temple. His versatility leads him into working with various artists such as Miguel Moreira, João Calixto, Ilona Sagar, Meiro Koizumi, Anna Buonomo and Willi Dorner. In early 2015 he moves to Berlin, where he is currently based, and starts creating his own work. Creates Before I Go, in 2015, a piece about the importance of the others in defining ourselves. In 2016, starting from an autobiographical point of view, creates Eternal Return, an ode to motherhood. While creating Eternal Return he is invited by Zawirowania Dance Theatre (Warsaw) to lead a period of research which leads him to the creation of While the Others Go Wild (2017), a piece born from the necessity to turn the focus to the values of collaboration in difficult and uncertain times.