PIA Projectos de Intervenção Artística (Artistic Intervention Projects) was founded in May of 2002, in Pinhal Novo Village (Portugal), as a professional platform directed for the Street Performing Arts.
With a Multidisciplinary character, the creations of this company address the Physical Theater, the body language as the primary basis for the motion and drama, building comprehensible forms to the collective imagination; the New Circus using in a singular way with sense and perfect domain the aerial techniques, in particular the Stilts; the Aesthetics Plasticity that explores the concept of Installation, in its processing capacity of the public space perception, in its ephemerality within a place, that allows to absorb the singularities, making it unique on the different paths that cross, but at the same time with different meanings from its essence and from what it awakens on those who see it;
Directing it's pieces for the Public Space as a choice (not necessarily as a lack of alternative), PIA assumes the STREET as a "state of consciousness," a "stage" for excellence, for its most direct way to reach a artistic process among the populations, a vitality to social relations, where are possible other links through the integration of art, which, at first sight there is none, making possible the proximity and accessibility of the public to the arts, and achievablethe the work of this company, to any citizen of the world, regardless social, racial or religious divisions.
It is since 2007 that PIA includes, the Programming Team as artistic consultation for street theater performances for FIG - International Festival of Giants (Portugal), an unprecedented festival of animated traditional forms, that cross the traditional arts with the most contemporary artistic expressions. Responsible for the Artistic Direction of CIÊNCIANARUAInternational Festival of Science and Art, organized by Centro Ciência Viva de Estremoz, PIA contributes to a a unique event that promotes the crossing of artistic and scientific languages, annually turning the city of Estremoz in an open stage for experimentation and creativity, grounding, inspiring and better making known the scientific processes through Imaginary Universe. Both of these festivals were recently recognized with the Quality Label EFFE Europe For Festivals | Festivals For Europe.
With more than 16 years of existence, PIA’s work is fundamentally marked by the several projects, that more than 100 artists and technicians, gave life with their excellent work, contributing for making them pass from the sketch to the reality. These performative projects have gone through various lands in Europe, Asia and South America, and it was these more than 200 different national and international regions that have contributed and influenced strongly the continuous growth and consolidation of this group.
Of this international path stands out the participation in International Theater Festival of Bogotá (Colombia), in Kotor International Theater Festival for Children where it received by ASSITEJ MONTENEGRO International Association of Theaters for Children and Young People, the Special Mention with PASSAGE project for artistic relevance and new sensitivity level achieved;; in FETAInternational Street and Open-Air Theater Festival of Gdansk (Poland), where it get the critical by Anna Jazgarska for the best proposal for the 2014 festival edition, published in the Magazine of Theatre and Performance Teatralny.pl; the Invitation in 2011 and 2013 by the Macau Cultural Instute to create a Show with the local artistic groups the ambit of the Anniversary Celebrations of the Delivery of Macau to China
Currently the Cultural Cooperative PIA is constituted by:
Helena Oliveira - Direction President and Production Director
Pedro Leal - Direction Treasurer and Artistic Director
Hugo Macau - Secretariat
Álvaro Presumido - General Assembly President
Andreia Coelho - General Assembly Vice-President
Cláudia Fulgêncio - Economic Council
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