The vibrant traditional and contemporary dance expressions of Salvador, Bahia are a celebration of life, culture, and community. Through an in depth exploration of the Silvestre Technique and Afro-Brazilian Orixá Movement, this workshop dives into movement and mythology, gesture and meaning. We will explore the intersections of contemporary and traditional dance representations of the forces of nature ( Earth, Water, Air, Fire) ~ Orixas. Class will focus on how these two dance idioms layer gestures to create meaning, and how these layers of interpretation can be brought out in our movement through individual and collective expression. Workshops will feature live musical accompaniment so that dancers may gain an understanding of the interconnected relationship between dance and music within Afro-Brazilian movement practices.
The Silvestre Technique is a contemporary Brazilian dance approach bridging the foundations of modern dance with Afro-Brazilian cultural symbols and gestures. Moving through a series of exercises -“conversations with the body,” the Silvestre Technique works to prepare body, mind, and spirit for dance. These corporal conversations take the student out of a place of copying and repeating, allowing them to live each exercise and discover new possibilities. Through physical and expressive training, this technique creates a solid movement foundation for dancers of all backgrounds Exercises engage the Four nature elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire; The Three Triangles: Balance, Expression, Intuition/Perception, and the Universe- Earth Connection.
Choreographer, instructor, dancer and creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, Rosangela Silvestre 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). She has researched dance and music in Brazil, India, Egypt, Senegal and Cuba as part of her ever-evolving and eclectic palette of movement.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. 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.