Distress Flare #6 — Aldara Bizarro

As part of the creative residency for Distress flare #6, which will take place in Lisbon from 19 to 23 April, meet Aldara Bizarro, the stage director of the show.

Aldara Bizarro was born in Maputo in 1965. Bizarro studied dance in Luanda, Lisbon, New York and Berlin. She considers her time at Merce Cunningham Studio, Movement Research in NYC and later at Tanzfabrik (B) as the most memorable and richest phases of her training as a dancer.

In 1990, she started choreographing Me myself and Influências, an award-winning piece at CDL’s IV Choreographic Workshop. Since then, her pieces have been presented all over the country. She was a member of the Portuguese dance group Nova Dança which took part in Europália 91.

In Portugal, through the Respira Project in 2007, Bizarro pioneered the creation of dance for young people, involving them in shows. The Publico newspaper described Bizarro’s show A Nova Bailarina as one of the best pieces of 2011.

Furthermore, as a dance instructor, Bizarro worked at Forum Dança, ESDança, CCB, FCGulbenkian, CCVF / A Oficina, Artenrede, and many others. For 16 years, she also worked as artistic director of Jangada, a dance project funded by DGArtes.

Currently, she develops projects for young people and local communities, integrating dance with other forms of art, focusing on artistic, social and pedagogical aspects.