Still from “Mulheres: corpos esgravatados” – image by Patrícia Andrade

Teresa Simas was born in Portugal in 1971. She made her professional debut as a soloist with Dança Grupo at the Teatro de S. Luís in Lisbon at the age of 15. In 1988 started her studies at the State Dance School of Kiev in Ukraine, working with professors such as Irina Kriptova, Evgueni Baukin, Vadim Fedotov and Valeria Ivanovna, with whom she studied the Vaganova technique. Teresa also studied choreography at the University of Dramatic Arts in Moscow. More recently, she worked on the Mézières Method with Elisabeth Gibiat and on Cunningham technique at the Merce Cunningham Institute in New York. She worked at the Dietzki Musicalni Ballet with Natalia Satz, in Moscow, where she met the choreographer Edvald Smirnov. It was at Smirnov’s Russian Chamber Ballet where Teresa danced as a soloist from 1992 to 1994, dancing the principal roles in L’Arlesiene and Nero and Seneca, amongst others. She assisted Smirnov for one year and recreated L’Arlesiene in Cheboksary Theatre. In 1994, she returned to Portugal, working with CêDêCê and with the Companhia de Dança de Lisboa – where she worked as a rehearsal director and assisted Célia Gouveia, particularly on the creation of “Cabo da Boa Esperança”. She also assisted the National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics as a choreography adviser and Ballet teacher. From 1996 to 2000 danced as a soloist with the Gulbenkian Ballet under the direction of Iracity Cardoso, working on repertoire and many new works with choreographers and ballet masters such as Ohad Naharin, Angelin Preljocaj, Meryl Tankard, Martino Müller, Rui Horta, Jiri Kilian, Olga Roriz, Itzik Galili, Clara Andermat, Rodrigo Pederneiras, Alphonse Poulin, Ivan Kramer, Jorge Garcia, Marie Chouinard, Gilles Jobin and Vladimir Pankov. Teresa moved to London in August 2000, teaching at Bird College and Millennium College as a Cunningham technique teacher. From January 2001 she worked with Bare Bones Dance Company – working in new creations for a UK tour with choreographers David Massingham, Akram Khan and Henri Oguike. In January 2002, Teresa moved to Aix-en-Provence, where she joined the Ballet Preljocaj, with whom she toured extensively throughout mainland and eastern Europe as welll as the USA. She returned to Lisbon in September 2003, where she worked as a soloist with the Gulbenkian Ballet until July 2004. Teresa initiated her choreographic work in Moscow and during 2001 her work was seen at the Purcell Room at the South Bank and Momentum Choreography Festival in London as well as at theAlmada International Choreography Platform in Portugal. It was at the very same festival that her new creation – named “Silêncio” – was premiered, in October 2004. A few months before, in August 2004, her choreography “Sappho” was seen in Estonia, at the Kuressaare Kammermuusika Paevad. A few weeks before, she created in Lisbon the experimental multimedia workgesamtkunstBOTwerk: concerto simbiótico, with visual artist Leonel Moura, computer hacker/musician Ivan Franco and marimbist Pedro Carneiro. In February 2005, her new work “Senta-te” was premiered in Lisbon, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in a evening dedicated to her work. “Senta-te” was inspired in a text by the young Portuguese writer, Alexandre Simas Dias. In April 2006, “…all balanced on this predicament of line.” commissioned by Dançarte, was premiered – it features a development of Simas’ choreographic language as well as co-collaborating with Pedro Carneiro and André Sier, on a new real-time interactive computer composition for six channels surrounding the audience. Her most recent creation, “Siffle“, was premiered in October 2006, in Estarreja/Portugal, featuring music by the late French composer Gérard Grisey. Although Teresa is no longer dancing in repertoire companies, she is keeping busy choreographing, working with Pedro Carneiro , having taught at Chapitô. She is is also a guest teacher at several institutions, such as NND/Galili Dance and Academia de Dança de Setúbal. She is a coach of Rhythmic Gymnastics at both team level (Clube Recreativo Piedense) and national level, at the National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics of the Portuguese Gymnastics Federation. Teresa is a founding member of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra and speaks Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, English and French; and enjoys teaching, reading and writing. Her website is available on the internet at