Experimentation and risk in contemporary dance and performance

The Self-Mistake project promotes artistic research in a context of experimentation and risk, in the areas of contemporary dance and performance. It supports the development of artistic processes, as well as the sharing of creations in alternative contexts.

By welcoming the risk of making mistakes or failing in appropriate environments, the Self-Mistake project encourages experimentation in artistic creation as a fundamental step towards innovation and development.

Self-Mistake promotes this approach in the form of financial grants, strategic advice, production and creation consultancy, and event programming.


Self-Mistake is a partnership between ORG.I.A and Produções Independentes.


"unforced errors", result from the sense of risk, the will to innovate, to dive into the unknown. Just as in high-level sports or scientific research, the transformative artists of their time are those who are not afraid to make mistakes, until they discover something extraordinary. It is therefore urgent to give them the conditions that are best suited to creating in freedom and autonomy. Providing an environment for risk and error. Allowing new ways of construction, sharing and artistic enjoyment.



Production: ORG.I.A e Produções Independentes
Direction, Production and Curation: Tânia Guerreiro


Lisbon City Council - Culture
Portuguese Republic - Directorate-General of Arts


Institutional Partners / Emergency Support:
Arts Emergency Support Line / Portuguese Republic - Ministry of Culture
Cultural Social Emergency Fund and Social Emergency Fund - Lisbon City Hall - Culture
Garantir Culture - Cultural Promotion Fund




Tânia M. Guerreiro - Producer and Consultant

Lisbon, 1975.

Has a degree in Scenography in Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Lisbon, completing the course at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona (1996-1998). She studied Intermedia at Massana School in Barcelona and Management at Forum Dança in 1999.

She worked in management, fundraising, and communication for performance, cinema, and visual arts, at Casa d'Os Dias da Água, Bienal da Maia, O Som e A Fúria, ZDB, Jangada de Pedra, Festival Atlântico, Temps d'Images.

In 2009-2010, she was executive coordinator of REDE, and, in 2016-2017, president of REDE's board.

In 2009 she established Produções Independentes where she produced various artists at the start of their careers, such as Jonas&Lander, Rui Catalão, Diana Niepce, Tiago Vieira and Bernardo Chatillon.

She participated in the programming of the European project Imagine 2020 within the Transforma and at Festival Fiar.

In 2019 she started Self-Mistake, supporting experimentation/risk-based projects and self-curated presentations by more than 35 artists, including Ana Libório, Gaya de Medeiros, Tita Maravilha, Joãozinho Costa, Xana Novais, Carlota Lagido, Henrique Furtado.

She curated and produced 3 editions of Dançar é a Minha Revolução - a one-day event with several performances.

As a consultant on production and funding she mentors independent artists, both directly and through Loja Lisboa Cultura/CML and was often jury for artistic programs.

In 2017, she won the Natércia Campos award for Best Cultural Producer.


Tel: +351 964728435