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The Portuguese Pedro Goucha Gomes began his dance education at the School of the National Ballet of Portugal when he was 9 years old and completed his dance studies at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. As a professional dancer Goucha Gomes danced with companies such as the Stuttgart Ballet, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Compania Nacional de Danza in Madrid and more recently with the Nederlands Dans Theater I in The Hague.
While dancing for these companies he became increasingly interested in choreography and started to participate at these companies annual choreographic workshops. In 2006 he stopped dancing in order to fully concentrate on choreography and has since choreographed extensively for Korzo productions as well as other companies.
For Korzo productions Goucha Gomes choreographed Medium Rare and As of when I used to tell all my Secrets to my Dog in 2006, about which the NRC Handelsblad – one of the most authoritative newspapers in Holland – wrote: ‘Touching and extremely well done’.
In 2008, together with the Dutch writer Bianca Boer, he was invited by the CaDance and the Crossing Border Festivals to choreograph Butterfly Hips. At the 2009 edition of Here we live and now (a mini festival organised by Korzo) he created Inside the Outside with the Korean visual artist Hee-Seung Choi and in the same year he co-directed Korzo’s Present of Past evening for the Holland Dance Festival for which he also choreographed the installation Drosera Capensis with the visual artist Yoko Seyama and the composer Miguelangel Clerc.
About this work the Dance Magazine wrote: ‘Pedro Goucha Gomes’ Drosera Capensis provided the evening's coup de grace. Set in a black-lit, bungee cord-like forest (designed by Yoko Seyama), with Miguelangel Clerc performing a brilliant live percussion score, three dancers bounded around, thru and under the elastic in a Planet of the Apes-on-acid tableau.’
Outside Korzo productions, Goucha Gomes choreographed Zullia for the Portuguese Contemporary Ballet Company and was subsequently appointed its artistic director, position that he held until the end of 2007. He also participated both as a dancer and choreographer in Carlos Saura’s movie Fados and choreographed Graceland for the Rotterdam Dance Academy in 2010. As a guest teacher Goucha Gomes teaches regularly in companies and dance studios in Europe, North America and Japan.