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.


"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.




Tânia M. Guerreiro - Producer and Consultant

Lisbon, 1975. Graduated in Scenography from the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon, having completed the course at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona (1996-1998). She studied Intermedia at the Massana School in Barcelona and Performing Arts Management/Production at Forum Dança in 1999.
She has worked in production, fundraising and communication for performance, film 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 the board.
In 2009 she set up 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 took part in the programming of the European Imagine 2020 project within the scope of Transforma, and in the Fiar Festival in Palmela.
In 2018 she started Self-Mistake, supporting autonomous and risky experimentation projects and self-curated performances 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 various performances.
As a production and funding consultant, she guides independent artists, both directly and through Loja Lisboa Cultura/CML, and has been a jury member for various artistic programs.




Tel: +351 964728435



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

Financing: 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