Ana Mira is a Lisbon-born dance performer, maker, researcher and writer.
She has been doing extensive dance training in Europe and USA. Particularly interested in the legacy of american post-modern dance, she has been mostly influenced by Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson and Eva Karczag. Also, she is a zhan zhuang chi kung practioner under guidance of Master Lam Kam Chuen.
She completed her doctorate in philosophy aesthetics at Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities/ New University of Lisbon in 2014 with the thesis Silence, potency and gesture: a body in dance. In 2008 she completed her master degree in philosophy/aesthetics with the thesis The feet understand at the same university (both her doctoral and master studies were developed under guidance of the Portuguese philosopher José Gil). In 2004 she completed her BA in community development at Higher School of Education Jean Piaget.
As a dance performer she has worked with Russell Dumas, Pauline de Groot and, presently, Rosemary Butcher. Her choreographic work developed in collaboration with various artists, including visual artists. These works have been presented in theatres, galleries and other public spaces. Her last choreographic work was the adaptation of the solo At Once, by Deborah Hay (2010).
Her research-creation projects in the fields of dance and philosophy have been supported with the following fellowships: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2009/2013), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2008), Department of Cultural and International Relations/Ministry of Culture of Portugal (2002/2003). These grants allowed her to develop research at Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences /Kingston University (UK) (2010/2011), Contredanse (BE), Centre National de la Danse (FR), Performance Studies Department at Tisch School of the Arts/New York University, Trisha Brown Studio, Movement Research, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Fales Library /Bobst Library /NYU (USA) (2007/2008), Dans Studio Pauline de Groot (NL) and Dance Exchange/Russell Dumas (FR) (2001/2003), The Place, Greenwich Dance Agency, Chisenhale (UK) (1997).
She has been teaching, internationally, movement research, improvisation, composition, dance studies, dance and philosophy.
She is the author of the following essays: The feet understand: the film ABCDEFG, by Russell Dumas (1994), Listening bodies, in dance, Sensorial document: an embodied practice in dance and philosophy.