Lagido’s work as a choreographer has a multidisciplinary approach in which she addresses issues related to Identity and Biography. One recurrent theme is the idea of a body in constant breakdown. The presence of video has also been a medium she strongly explores, as in "BB2", "Ugly" or "Self". From her choreographic work she stands out the solo "notforgetnotforgive" (1999) and her recent group piece "Monster" (2009).
She created: "Improvisação" (1988) in partnership with Francisco Camacho and Paulo Abreu; "O diâmetro e o raio dum contrabaixo" (1989) in collaboration with Francisco Camacho; "Não há baile sem senão" (1998) with EIRA’s training group; "Lilith" (1998) solo for Francisco Camacho under the program "Espiões, agentes duplos e caracteres suspeitos" in partnership with Filipa Francisco and João Galante; "Mercedes Benze-te" (1999); "notforgetnotforgive" (1999); "BB (2000); "Histórias que a minha mãe nunca me contou" (2000); "Sporting Decadance" (2000) in partnership with Francisco Camacho; "Dis Nasti Dog" (2001) a concert/performance with João Galante and Vítor Rua; "Ugly" (2003); "BB2" (2004); "I want to be a porn star or “A casa do jogo" (2004); "Self" (2004), "WW" (2007) in partnership with João Manuel de Oliveira and Sara Vaz (2007) and "Monster" (2009) a piece for 14 performers.
Carlota Lagido started her career as a dancer at the Lisbon Dance Company in 1987, where she worked with Mark Haim and Rui Horta. From her wide experience as a dancer, she stands out the work and close collaboration with the Portuguese choreographer Francisco Camacho (with whom she worked from 1989 to 2005), Joana Providência (Mecanismos) and Meg Stuart (Disfigure Study). Since 1989, she also has been working as a costume designer for dance and theatre pieces of Vera Mantero, Meg Stuart, Francisco Camacho, João Fiadeiro, Lucia Sigalho, Filipa Francisco, Clara Andermatt, João Galante, Nuno M. Cardoso, Margarida Mestre, Aldara Bizarro, Paulo Ribeiro, Amélia Bentes, among others.
In 1979, she started her training in dance with Margarida de Abreu. In 1981 she joined the Ballet Gulbenkian’s training program. In 1984 she travelled to New York to study classic and contemporary dance techniques at Peridance Center and Steps Studio. She also studied drawing at the New York Academy of Arts. She is currently enrolled at the Theatre’s Master in Stage Design at the Lisbon Theatre and Cinema High School.