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Contemporary Afro-Brazilan Dance Workshop: The Spirit of the Orisha 2013

September 29, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

with Rosangela Silvestre, Guest artist from Bahia, Brazil, Founder of the Silvestre Technique

Sunday, September 29

2:30 – 4:00 pm


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The Silvestre Technique, developed by Rosangela, uses the 3 triangular shapes of the body and the 4 elements of nature to celebrate the “Body Universe.” The technique incorporates a series of exercises – “conversations with the body” – working to prepare body, mind, and spirit for dance. http://www.silvestretraining.com/index.html

Orisha dance movement includes symbolism, mythology and archetypes of the Orisha tradition of West Africa honoring cosmic presence and the essence of nature.

LIVE DRUMMING! All dance levels welcome!

Rosangela Silvestre: Choreographer, instructor, dancer and creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, Rosangela is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and post-graduated specializing in choreography, achieving her degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). rosangela silvestreShe 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 Theater 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 Campeach 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 Theater, 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 traveled to diverse countries which have African roots in their music and dance. With Steve Coleman, 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. Rosangela is currently the choreographer of Viver Brasil Dance Company Directed by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró.




September 29, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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