Cristiane Bouger (1977, Brazil) is a theater director, writer, performer and video artist. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and in Curitiba/Brazil.
She is a 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (NY). She was a fellow of The Kitchen's Sixth Annual Sidney Kahn Summer Institute, in New York (The Kitchen/Sarah Lawrence College) in 2004 and an Artist-in-Residence at Casa Hoffmann – International Center for Movement Studies, in Brazil, in 2003. From 2001 to 2003 she studied with the Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho during the First Contemporary Philosophy Program at Paraná Development Institute. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts – Theater Direction (2002) from Faculdade de Artes do Paraná (College of Arts of Paraná).
Her work was presented at the solo event Towards the Gaze and the Meaning – works by Cristiane Bouger, Atelierul de Productie/CNDB, in Bucharest (curated by Vava Stefanescu, 2011); in the collective exhibition O Corpo na Cidade – Performance em Curitiba, at Solar do Barão (Curitiba) and Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro – MAM-Rio (curated by Paulo Reis, 2009); and integrated the contemporary Brazilian video art collection Circuitos Compartilhados (curated by Newton Goto, 2008).
Bouger’s hybrid performance works include Un-Beer Sonata (2012-2013), a study for Hunger Disabilities (Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj-Napoca/ Romania, 2011), Hunger Follies – Scratch #1 (Anthology Film Archives, New York, 2010), Chicken Piece (New York, 2009), Displacements Pills – Este Regalo Es Tuyo (action in Curitiba, New York and Bucharest), Walk East – Chapter I (Dixon Place, New York; ACT – Ateliê de Criacão Teatral, Curitiba, 2007; Atelierul de Productie, Bucharest and Teatro Cleon Jacques, Curitiba, 2011), Sensuality in (and) America (CB's Gallery Lounge, New York, 2004) and the performance-installation Red A Hundred 40/Vermelho 140 (Casa Hoffmann, 2003; 13th Panorama RioArte de Dança, in Rio de Janeiro, 2004).
Bouger’s videoperformances and her documentary Community, Activism and the Downtown Scene were screened in independent and institutional circuits in the major Brazilian cities, including the 1st Live Art Meeting of Rio de Janeiro, Reverberações in São Paulo, Mostra Latino-Americana de Videoarte Vento Sul and Vídeo Escuta, in Curitiba; Circuitos Autodependentes in Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Londrina, Antonina, Recife and Maceió; and Circuitos Compartilhados in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Salvador. Her works were also screened in the 9ème Festival des Cinémas Différents (Paris), In-Presentable 08 (Madrid), Montage Video Dance Festival (Johannesburg), ACE Film Festival (New York), The New Filmmakers Series – Latino/Anthology Film Archives (New York) and TVR Cultural, in Romania.
She was a contributing writer for Movement Research's Moving Dialogue: A Bucharest/ New York Dance Exchange, in 2010, and a collaborating writer for PERFORMA 09 - The Third New Visual Art Performance Biennial, in New York. In the last years her articles and interviews have been published in the Movement Research Performance Journal, Critical Correspondence, The BraSilians (New York), OBSCENA - revista de artes performativas (Portugal) and iDanca.net (Brazil). In 2003-2004 she was a Member of the Publishing Council of the dance and performance e-magazine Relâche. She has contributed with articles for the books PERFORMA 09 – Back to Futurism, by RoseLee Goldberg (Performa Publications, New York, 2011), Theatre and Performance Design - A Reader in Scenography, (Routledge, UK, 2010) and for Interatividade, o controle da cena e o público como agente compositor, organized by the scholar Margie Rauen (EDUFBA, Brazil, 2009). She also wrote to the book dança em foco – Ensaios Contemporâneos da Videodança (working title), which is going to be published in Brazil, in 2012.
In 2012, Bouger was an Alice Award – Artistic Landmarks in Contemporary Experience Nominee (Belgium) for the Emerging Critic Award.
In 2009, Cristiane Bouger was contemplated by the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts - BEA, in New York, with the 1st Prize in Poetry (Women Writers Poetry and Prose Contest). Bouger received the prize from Domicio Coutinho, president of BEA, during the First Women Writers Congress in New York on October 16th, 2009. Her short fiction Conservar Amor: da grandeza e da falácia was contemplated with the 2nd Prize in Prose.
In Curitiba, Brazil, Bouger worked as artistic director in visual, theater and opera works commissioned by Centro Cultural Teatro Guaira - CCTG and Fundação Cultural de Curitiba - FCC. She was one of the artists who conceived and curated Performance Act Series at Casa Hoffmann.
She was a collaborator for PIP Dance Co. in Barraco (Shelter, 2006), in Brazil, and for ChameckiLerner in EXIT (2007) at The Kitchen, in New York.
Bouger is a member of the dance and performance collective Couve-Flor, which was the recipient of the Klauss Vianna Dance Grant - FUNARTE 2006 and Couve-Flor Manutenção Coletiva Petrobrás Award, in 2010.