Luísa Saraiva is a choreographer and performer born in Porto, Portugal. She studied psychology at the University of Porto and dance at the Folkwang Arts University in Essen. In her choreographic practice she uses a transdisciplinary approach to movement, language and sound.
Her work and artistic practice developed through collaborations with artists such as Lea Letzel, Carlos Azeredo Mesquita, Senem Gökce Ogultekin and Catarina Miranda.
She was a recipient of the research scholarships INOV-Art, from the Portuguese Ministry of Culture in 2010 and of the one-year Individual Programme for the Development of Artists by the Nordrhein-Westfalen Ministry of Culture in 2017. She was selected for the danceWeb scholarship in 2019 under the mentorship of Mette Ingvartsen, Anne Juren and Annie Dorsen. Her piece “A Concert” in collaboration with Lea Letzel was awarded the NRW Ground Support Prize in 2018.
In the season of 2019/2020 she was one of the choreographers-in-residence at the K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg. As a curator she worked together with the Folkwang Museum in Essen and Galeria Municipal do Porto on interdisciplinary formats.