Carmen Jorge is art director, choreographer and performer. She has a B.A. in Dance from PUC - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná/Teatro Guaíra and a Post-Graduation Degree in Contemporary Dance Studies at Federal University of Bahia (UFBA)/Angel Vianna (RJ). In 1984 she initiated her studies in classical and modern dance techniques with teachers such as: Sonia Motta, Décio Otero, Clarisse Abujamra, Jane Blauth, Eva Schull, Claudia Guitelman and Peter Ruiter, among others. In 1993 she launched her career as a choreographer collaborating in several dance and theater works in Curitiba/PR. Since then she has received numerous nominations to the award Troféu Gralha Azul in Curitiba. In 2002 she founded Ar Co. - Companhia do Ar, currently known as PIP - Pesquisa em Dança. Back then she staged the spectacles “A Casa dos Anjos” and “Motion” and won several local awards. In 2003 she coordinated the cultural space CIM - Centro de Investigação do Movimento and established a new direction to her dance company, focusing her studies on the research of contemporary dance and performance art. In the same period (2003- 2004) she participated of the workshops at Casa Hoffmann - Centro de Estudos do Movimento, where she studied with artists such as: Deborah Hay, Tere O´Connor, Shelley Senter, Xavier Le Roy, Simone Aughterlony, David Zambrano, La Ribot, John Jasperse, Thomas Lehmen, André Lepecki, Thomas Plischke, Lia Rodrigues, Helena Katz and Fabiana Brito, among others.
In that year Carmen Jorge also conceived the dance project “MOBILLE” as a part of the program “Difusão Cultural” with funds granted by Fundação Cultural de Curitiba. The work was presented in the suburban areas in Curitiba.
In 2005 she participated of Mostra de Artes do Mediterrâneo at SESC São Paulo. The event was part of Mostra Internacional de Novos Coreógrafos, a partnership between SESC and Fabbrica Europa (Italy). Following the festival, she was invited to present her work in Florence/Italy. Her work was also performed at SESCS Ipiranga, Belenzinho and Santana in SP. In 2006 she created “BARRACO”, which received funds from FUNARTE Klauss Vianna de Dança Award. The work was presented at SESC Avenida Paulista in São Paulo in 2007.
With PIP, she started a series of investigations involving dance and technology. In October 2007 she staged “OB-GESTOS” and in April 2008, “LAB SIMBIOPTICO”, in which she developed her research on Telematics and videodance, using the software ISADORA.
In 2009 she was granted funds by Fundo Municipal de Cultura de Curitiba to develop the project on dance research TECNOLABORATERRITÓRIO. With this project she created her first videodance work, named CLIPIP. The video received an award at Festival Tápias in Rio de Janeiro and it was screened at SESC Pompéia. She conceived the Curitiba Videodance Screening PIP POP, promoting the videodance production among artists in her state.
In 2010 she conceived WE CAGE, performed at Teatro Cleon Jacques in Curitiba. The project gathered eight multidisciplinary artists to investigate the relations between contemporary dance and technology. The work was inspired by the piece VARIATIONS V, by American choreographer Merce Cunningham and musician John Cage. She received grants from Funarte Klauss Vianna 2009 to develop WE CAGE ME, allowing her to travel with WE CAGE. Presentations included the participation at the event “Diálogos” at Centro Cultural São Paulo in June 2010.
In that year Carmen Jorge was granted “Bolsa Residência em Artes Cênicas” by FUNARTE, which led her to research the Klein Technique in the USA. In New York, she directed the dancer and Streb's Art Director Fábio Tavares in his performance I-Hamlet, a work inspired by Heiner Müller's Hamlet Machine.
In 2011 Carmen Jorge was invited to be a choreographer-in-residence at Balé Teatro Guaíra, where she received the task to implement new procedures in the research of contemporary dance in the State's ballet company. She choreographed two works for BTG: “Coreografias para Ambientes Preparados - CPAP” and “DRAMA”. CPAP was considered one of the best spectacles in Curitiba in 2011, and it was invited to open the Curitiba Dance Biennial in 2012.
Granted by FUNARTE with Procultura Award 2012/2013, she conceived the cultural space maintenance project Espaço Cênico PIP Galeria. The project envisioned a year-long research program with six dancers-in-residence and offered to the community a full schedule of free activities and dance workshops.
Carmen Jorge has developed her work as Choreography and Movement Director for more than 60 theater works. She lives and works in Curitiba/PR - Brazil.