Catarina is originally from Portugal, she started dancing when she was 3 years old in her hometown. From the age of 16 she decided to make dance as her profession so she moved to a new school where she could be trained in a professional level. At 20 years old she started studying in Amsterdam University of the Arts, in modern theatre dance. During her studies she got to work with Amos Ben-Tal, Heather Ware, Liat Waysbort and Nicole Beutler.
During her internship year she worked with an Italian choreographer, Carolina Papetti, who graduated from SNDO. Her works revolve around the notions of self-design, deconstruction of language, sexuality and the fascination with the unconscious and its generative potential.
After her graduation, Catarina worked with Tamir Eting in two residencies, one from ICK Amsterdam and the second one from SHIFFT Utrecht. She was a performer in the work “The Tiniest Act”.
From November 2021 to April 2022 she worked as a professional dancer with Danstheater Aya and Maat Saxophone quartet in the project “Wild”. This project led into a tour in the Netherlands in 2022.
In June 2022 Catarina joined the dance company DadoDans as a professional dancer in the work “STeK”, and got to perform in many theatres in the Netherlands.