Born in Braga, in 1965.
She started her dance studies with Fernanda Canossa.
In 1989 she finished the course at the Escola Superior de Dança at IPL.
Since 1995 she has been a member of the Contemporary Academy of Spectacle as a teacher responsible for the movement department of the Interpretation course. She is part of the theater company promoted by that entity, ACE / Teatro do Bolhão, being a member of its artistic direction.
In her choreographic work, Joana Providência has developed a personal language of composition, where she privileges the interpreter / choreographer relationship. The matrix of her creative process is based on a dialogue built from the presentation of a series of proposals to which the interpreters develop responses. The use of the word (the text is one of the starting points), the use of architectural spaces (as elements of the creative process), the choice of actors (justified by their ability to integrate word with movement) are structural elements of their work.
As a choreographer she has developed several projects of which she highlights, “Rumor” based on the work of Christian Boltanski, Coproduction Teatro do Bolhão / Teatro Nacional São João / Festival DDD; “Território” based on the work of Alberto Carneiro, coproduction Teatro do Bolhão / Culturgest, nominated for the SPA Awards, in the Dance category _ best choreography; “Ladrões de Almas” coproduction Teatro do Bolhão / Culturgest; “Hand in the mouth” coproduction Teatro do Bolhão / Serralves Foundation, based on the work of Paula Rego, a parallel program to the Retrospective Exhibition; “Mechanisms”, a show that won him the Golden Seven - Revelation Award.
Participated in several festivals such as: Portuguese Dance Exhibition ACARTE, New Moves, Glasgow (Scotland), Festival of Otoño / Madrid, Spring Dance (Netherlands) and Klapstuck (Belgium), Tanzplattform (Frankfurt), Festival DDD (Porto), Chantiers d 'Europe Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).