Somatic Practice in Performance intensive workshop with Maria Elvira Machado. Creative process based on embryology studies from the point of view of Body-Mind Centering®. Dance, performance, improvisation, interdisciplinary research.

Where: EspaçO: Rua Damasceno Monteiro, 85 – Lisboa, Portugal

When: July 4, 5, 6 and 7th, 2018

Deadline for applications: July 2nd

EMBRIO__LINHA is a hybrid project nourished by practices of dance, performance and transdisciplinary teaching laboratories. Is a work in constant expansion through the research of somatic education, techniques and improvisation.

In this workshop we will explore the movement from an inner impulse, searching inside to rescue the memory of the embryonic process, which each of us experienced in the beginning of our existence.

In this practical meeting, we are going to ask ourselves what life is like before birth? How is the process of cellular development after the moment of fertilization? Subjects that are the guidelines of EMBRIO__LINHA’s artistic immersion. This creative process is based on embryology studies from the point of view of the Body-Mind Centering® creator, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

The workshop is for students or professionals of dance, performance, and arts in general, and for those who are interested in transdisciplinary studies.

15 hours of workshop, and one small open presentation:

4, 5, and 6 July from 10 am to 2 pm (Wednesday to Friday) and 7 July from 2 pm to 6 pm (Saturday)

July 7, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Researcher, dancer, creative interpreter, choreographer and teacher. Graduated in Communication of the Arts of the Body with habilitation in dance and performance by the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. She worked with renowned national and international choreographers, including the Butoh choreographer Yukio Waguri, in the show “Swing of Nerves”, and later studied with Tadashi Endo. In 2005, created the solo Curral de Apartação with the supervision of Marta Soares. Maria Elvira has specialized in dance at the current Trinity Laban in London where she received the Simone Michelle Award for Choreography. Since 2002 she has been researching and integrating somatic practices into her artistic and pedagogical work. Since a few years ago she started the Body-Mind Centering® somatic educator program at the French institution SOMA and at the Brazilian institution Corporalmente. She studied with Angel Vianna, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Lisa Nelson, Nancy Stark Smith, among other notable artists and therapists. She was the coordinator of the Centro de Movimento Deborah Colker, and teacher of contemporary dance and improvisation of Cia D.Colker, Esther Weitzman and Núcleo 2 of Cia. Lia Rodrigues. In 2016 she was the assistant choreographer of Deborah Colker in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. In January 2016 created the Coletivo em Fluxo in partnership with artists in transit between Rio de Janeiro and other cities of the world.

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Costs for participants: 60€ (Discount for registrations until June 8th: 45€)

Contact details:
e-mail: (Luiza)

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