Photography by Roger Regner, 2017.

Cristiane Bouger (Curitiba/Brazil) is a New York-based artist and writer. She has been developing her critical writing production with focus on performance and contemporary dance since 2003.  She is the co-founder of UMWELT Studio, in Brooklyn/New York.


Bouger was a guest editor for the magazine Abrigo Portátil  #5 [performance], published by Editora Medusa (Curitiba, 2016); a contributing editor for Movement Research Performance Journal (New York, 2006–2013); a collaborating writer for Critical Correspondence (New York, 2008-2011) and Performa 09 (New York, 2009–2010); a guest writer for Movement Research Moving Dialogue Exchange (New York/Bucharest, 2010–2011); an editor and member of the publishing board of Relâche – Casa Hoffmann’s Magazine (Curitiba, 2003–2004).


Her work has been published in books, newspapers, journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogs in the United States (Performa Publications, Performa Magazine, Movement Research Performance Journal, American Realness Festival, Critical Correspondence, and The International Journal of Screendance/The Ohio State University Libraries, among others); the United Kingdom (Routledge – Taylor & Francis Group, The Live Art Development Agency – LADA/Oberon Books); Brazil (Editora da Universidade Federal da Bahia – EDUFBA, Aeroplano Editora, Revista Arte da Cena/Universidade Federal de Goiás – UFG, Idança, Idanca.txt, Editora Medusa, Performatus, OBS., and Relâche – Casa Hoffmann’s  e-Magazine, among others); and in Portugal (Obscena – Revista de Artes Performativas).


In 2012 Cristiane Bouger was a nominee for the ALICE – Artistic Landmarks in Contemporary Experience (Belgium) in the category Emerging Critic Award. She was a 2012–2013 Performa Magazine Writer-in-Residence, and the recipient of two writing commissions in Brazil– funds provided by Idança/Petrobrás with the support of Prince Claus Fund/Netherlands (2011), and by dança em foco – Festival Internacional de Vídeo e Dança (2012).


In 2016 Bouger translated the score Unwording Chimaera, by performance artist Lynn Book (USA). The translation into Portuguese was published in Abrigo Portátil, by Editora Medusa, in Brazil. In the same year, her translation of the essay “Brazilian Videodance: A Possible Mapping”, by Ph.D. Professor Leonel Brum (Federal University of Ceará), was published in The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, by the Oxford University Press (New York).


Cristiane Bouger has been invited to present lectures and join panels by Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR (Theater Production Department, Curitiba/Brazil); UNESPAR/FAP (by the Department of Performing Arts and by the Performance Studies Group, Curitiba/Brazil); Museu Victor Meirelles / Espaço Contemporão (Florianópolis/Brazil); In-Presentable Festival (Madrid, 2008); Festival de Inverno de Antonina (Antonina/ Brazil);  ACT (Curitiba/Brazil); and by the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts – BEA (New York, USA). She conducted workshops and laboratories on Critical Writing/Critical Thinking for the arts residency 20MINUTOS.MOV (Curitiba/Brazil, 2017 and 2012); and on Video Performance at Casa Andrade Muricy – Visual Arts Net/FUNARTE (Curitiba/Brazil, 2005).


Cristiane Bouger’s short fiction “O Espaço Negativo” [The Negative Space] was published in the literary journal Rascunho (Editora Letras & Livros, #208,  August 2017). Her poetry work  was published in the literary magazine Bólide (Editora Medusa,  #4,  2014) and in the anthology Fantasma Civil, featured as part of the 20th Curitiba International Biennial – Literature Program, with curatorship by Brazilian poet Ricardo Corona (Brazil, 2013). Her work was presented in public readings such as the event Curitiba Urge (reading by actor Andrew Knoll), which integrated Curitiba Mostra during the Curitiba Theater Festival (Brazil, 2017); Bushwick Open Studios (Brooklyn, 2015); Instituto Hilda Hilst – IHH (Campinas/Brazil, 2014), and at the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts – BEA (New York, 2014).


In 2009, Cristiane Bouger was the recipient of the Poetry Prize from the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts – BEA, during the First Women Writers Congress in New York.


Cristiane Bouger was a 2012–2014 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2012–2013 Performa Magazine Writer-in-Residence. She was a fellow of The Kitchen’s Sixth Annual Sidney Kahn Summer Institute – Visual Arts and New Media (The Kitchen/Sarah Lawrence College, New York,  2004), and an Artist-in-Residence at Casa Hoffmann – International Center for Movement Studies (Curitiba, 2003), in Brazil. From 2001 to 2003 she studied with the Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho during the First Contemporary Philosophy Program at Instituto Paraná Desenvolvimento, in Curitiba/Brazil. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts – Art Direction (2002) from Faculdade de Artes do Paraná (College of Arts of Paraná, current UNESPAR).

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