Founded in 1999 by Vera Mantero and supported since then by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, O Rumo do Fumo is a creation, production, national and international tour managing, research, teaching and recently programming structure in the field of contemporary dance, which positions itself in an experimental and research artistic territory. Territory that also extend the field of dance and its horizons, characterized by the transversality of the artistic disciplines and where dance, music, theater, literature/poetry, visual arts and cinema intersect.
Since 2000 O Rumo do Fumo is responsible for the production of works by several artists with the aim of creating the necessary means for development and consolidation of their careers, providing a greater continuity of their works and facilitating opportunities for national and international touring.
Between 2000 and 2002 O Rumo do Fumo supported a total of 10 artists, namely André Guedes, João Samões, Margarida Mestre, Mário Afonso, Miguel Pereira, Paula Castro, Paulo Henrique, Rafael Alvarez, Teresa Prima and Vera Mantero. Since 2002 the accumulation of work, exacerbated by the increasing of Vera Mantero's and Miguel Pereira's activities, obstructed the follow-up of the artists in an efficient way deviating the structure from its aims. Given this situation, since 2004 the support was focused on four artists (André Guedes, João Samões, Miguel Pereira and Vera Mantero), allowing to define a more efficient strategy of production, promotion and touring of their works.
The artists currently supported by O Rumo do Fumo are the choreographers Miguel Pereira and Vera Mantero. The choreographer João Samões leaves the structure in 2008 and the visual artist André Guedes continues linked with the structure, but counting on punctual supports. Since 2008 O Rumo do Fumo supports punctual projects by other young artists, either by supporting the executive production, as it is the case of Elizabete Francisca and Matthieu Ehrlacher or through the various support programs for emerging artists.
In September 2008 O Rumo do Fumo and Forum Dança join forces to create the EDIFÍCIO at LX Factory, in Lisbon, since then and for the first time the structure has an own studio. This project represents a new collaboration format within the Portuguese dance community, enhancer of new work dynamics, and has hosted since its foundation 96 creation and research projects, informal presentations, lectures, seminars, workshops, launching of a magazine and several other types of events.
O Rumo do Fumo has built during its activity years a solid national and international network of contacts and partners (institutions, theaters and festivals) in four continents, with whom the structure maintains a regular activity through the projects by its artists. This network allowed to produce until 2013 a total of 102 new creations and 221 events (workshops, lectures, meetings, informal presentations, etc), showing 1031 performances, 436 in Portuguese cities and 595 in foreign cities.
Since 2002 O Rumo do Fumo is a co-founder member of REDE – Association for Contemporary Dance, in Portugal.