Claudia Galhós was born in Lisbon in 1972. She writes about dance and performance art since 1994. Currently writes about the performing arts for the weekly Portuguese national newspaper Expresso. Is the editor of the book "There Is Nothing that is beyond Our Imagination”, publication associated with the European network Imagine 2020 – Art and Climate Change (released on the 6th June 2015 in Two Degrees Festival, Artsadmin, London) , which brings together 10 European theatres, led by Kaaitheater in Brussels.
Concerning her thinking about the performing arts, she published in 2009 the essay “Units of feeling” in the collection “Architectures of the gaze” (Body of Letter Collection, Spain). Also in this area, she published the book “Body of Strings – 10 years of Paulo Ribeiro’s Company” (Portugal, 2006), the biographical essay “Pina Bausch – Feel More” (Portugal, 2010), the book on the 15 years of The Space of Time, the Choreographic Centre of Montemor-o-Novo, directed by choreographer Rui Horta (to be published in 2016) and was the main contributor for the book “TryAngle – Performing Arts Research Laboratories” (2013). The book was the result of the European program with the same name, artistic experimentation residencies that happened in the three cities of the projects partners: Rui Horta's choreographic centre Espaço do Tempo, in Convento da Saudação, Montemor-o-Novo (Portugal, the project leader); Les Bernardines, Marseille (France); and Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf (Germany). Claudia Galhós was the scribe for the three labs.
She has been the coordinator of seminaries, workshops and conferences, in Portugal and abroad, on performing arts in general, and dance in particular. She made the documentation of festivals, seminaries and European programs of experimentation and artistic residencies, such as “Colina - Collaboration In Arts” (Rui Hortas's Convento da Saudação, em Montemor-o-Novo, 2003 and 2004) or DanseFestival Barents, in Hammersfest (Norway, 2013)… She was, in 2005 and 2006, observer/consultant of the network Iris (network of programmers of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal)…
She was editor of the weekly TV program about performing arts, for the Portuguese public TV (2003-2005); was editor of the weekly cultural magazine AGORA, also for the Portuguese public TV (2012-2014); has written about performing arts (specialising in dance) for several newspapers and magazines in Portugal and abroad. Between 2001 and 2003, she directed a radio program about arts and wrote reviews about literature for the weekly magazine “TimeOut Lisbon” (2012).
In the area of fiction, she has published three novels: “Sensualists” (2001), “Summer Tale” (2002) and “The Time of Cherries” (2007). She has several short stories published in anthologies in Portugal and abroad, and essays on theatre and dance in foreign publications, some presented at international conferences, including France, Italy and Spain.
Claudia integrated diverse juries, either for prizes or/and for the selection of subsidies for the artists, in dance and performance, in the context of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture. Between 2010 and 2012, she was part of the Commission of Accompaniment and Evaluation of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture concerning artistic structures that had plurianual contract-program with the state.
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