We are very excited to be welcoming renowned Brazilian dance teacher Rosangela Silvestre to the Summer School this year. Rosangela joins us from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. These sessions will build the foundations for African traditional and contemporary expression through Brazilian dance.
The Silvestre Technique
Level – Open
Area – Dance
Country – Brazil
The Silvestre Technique is a continuously evolving contemporary dance technique with the objective of conditioning the dancer through physical and expressive training – regardless of level or previous experience. In 1982, Rosangela Silvestre began the early stages of developing the Silvestre Technique, which over time has progressed into a series of exercises – working to prepare body, mind, and spirit for dance.
A series of musical compositions are created based on the conversation between the body and the orchestration of diverse musical instruments and the music of the body, and most importantly the that connects us all. With the inspiration that guides us, we can discover how to create dance and music constantly.
Orixa Dance Movement
Level – Open
Area – Dance
A series of musical compositions are created based on the conversation between the body and the orchestration of diverse musical instruments and the music of the body.
Both these workshops will have live musical accompaniment by Jon Hardeman and his team.
Rosangela developed an idea to have the body as an instrument that provides the movement-form of any sound that can be captured – thereby discovering and creating dance at any moment and uses her voice as an integral part of her work in dance.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance specializing in choreography, achieving her degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). She has researched dance and music in Brazil, India, Egypt, Senegal and Cuba as part of her ever-evolving and eclectic palette of movement. She acquired training in such diverse techniques as: Martha Graham, Limón, Horton, Floor Bar, Classic Ballet, Dunham Technique, and has experienced diverse dance expressions – such as Germany Theatre Dance, Contemporary, Folkloric, as well as traditional dances of Africa and other continents.
Her instructors include Raimundo Bispo dos Santos (Mestre King), Mercedes Baptista, Clayde Morgan, Carlos Moraes, Nelma Seixas, among others, beginning in the late 1970s. Since 1981, Ms. Silvestre started to travel in and out of Brazil to teach, to train dancers, to perform, to lecture and to demonstrate, to consult, and attended seminars and residencies in diverse universities, dance festivals such as: Colorado College Dance Festival; New Orleans Dance Festival; and dance camps such as the California Brazil Camp each year. She choreographed numerous dance pieces for companies based in Brazil – Balé Folclórico da Bahia and Odunde – as well as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico Repertory Company, American Academy of Ballet, Roots of Brazil, Dance Brazil, Viver Brasil, Muntu Dance Theatre, and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Company. Her dance investigation and constant development created an opportunity to connect with the eclectic American musician Steve Coleman, with whom she travelled to diverse countries which have African roots in their music and dance. Rosangela is currently the choreographer of ViverBrasil Dance Company Directed by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró. In September 2011 she completed the CD: ‘Voices of Nature’ recorded and produced by Mike Zecchino at The Nail Recording Studio in Tuscany, Arizona.