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Rafael Carriço (1976) in 2001 founded Vortice Dance Company. Since then he has assumed the position of co-artistic director with the choreographer Cláudia Martins with whom develops a choreographic partnership.

Graduate by the Escola Superior de Dança of Lisbon in performance area, get the program scholarship Erasmus and attends in the Hoggenschool Dansacademie Tilburg, Holland. In his academic live attended courses and workshops in Rotterdam Dance Academy, The Place in London, Rosas, Antwerp, among others. After school he was invited by Vasco Wallencamp to join the CPBC as principal dancer but very early he focused his work on creation in contemporary dance. Created its own project, Vortice Dance Company, which is the portuguese company that presents the most internationally and the most awards received.

While creator and artist director develops work as videomapper, videographer, stage design and  choreographer.

With global touring experience, develop his work in a stunning and innovator performance, combining contemporary dance, visual theatre, videomapping with an incredible stage design.

His creations sought recognition from critics and international audiences. Dracula, Soliloquy about Wonderland,Your Majesties, Welcome to the Anthropocene, White, Fátima, O dia em que o Sol bailou, Beatles na Favela, HOME 2.0, The Sleeping Budha, are some of Rafael Carriço & Cláudia Martins creations acclaimed internationally in more than thirty-five countries.

Between 2012-2013 assumed the position of artistic director and programmer of Centro de Artes e Espetáculos da Figueira da Foz.

His choreographies/productions have been recognized for the audience and for the critic of many different countries like Japan, China, Qatar, France, Romania, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Brazil, Latvia, Hungary, Belgium, Angola, Italy, Marocco, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Poland, Usa, among others.

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