Joana Reais is a singer-actress-performer with a biography to be envied for such a short period of life. A journey that began with jazz and that has already led to work with various artists, choreographers, musicians, dancers and composers when she intensified the combination of Voice and Movement with Performance and Dance.
Joana was born in Lisbon during a very hot September sun – the hottest her parents can remember – which may explain her adoration for this hot planet, for long walks along the seaside, for warm summer nights. She grew up in a family that motivated individual artistic expression and encouraged to explore countless artistic languages, such as Theater, Dance, Painting, Photography… it was always in the Body Arts that she felt most at home. She graduated and post-graduated in the Performing Arts and her versatility has been evidenced by invitations from remarkable entities, such as to be curator of the European project Conversas (Talks) (2014); guest artist in the workshop “Encontro Normal com a Diferença” (Normal Encounter with Difference) given by choreographers Clara Andermatt and Henrique Amoedo (2013); dancer in Companhia de Dança CiM/Voarte‘s creation “O Nada” as well as presenting the performance at the Festival Internacional de Dança do Recife (International Dance Festival of Recife), in Brazil (2012); performer for the artistic residency of Projecto Lamparina, where each artist was invited to think about the place of Terena (Alandroal, Évora, Portugal), culminating in a collective exhibition (2014).
At the end of 2014 she received another special invitation, this time from Portuguese radio Antena 2 (known for its public service in promoting new jazz talents): putting forward a Joana Reais Ensemble show in the auditorium of RTP – Rádio Televisão Portuguesa (Portuguese Radio Television) and record it for transmission later. From this live concert, “a Lisboa” album was released in January 2015, receiving praise not only from specialized critics, but also from the Portuguese and Brazilian public. Joana divides her time between shows in Europe and in Brazil, teaching workshops and giving lectures under the theme: “Voice and Movement in an Inclusive Performance”, collaborating with several musical, theatrical and community projects.
Without the pretension of being an ambassador of the Portuguese culture, it is inevitable that all the great Portuguese poets and navigators reach the public through Joana Reais’s voice, increasing the will to discover what is being done about its renewal in Lusitanian lands.