Rosangela Silvestre is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and conducted post-graduate work 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. For the last 24 years, Rosangela has directed The Silvestre Technique training program in Salvador, Brazil.
TU Dance and Contempo Physical Dance are thrilled to welcome Brazilian dancer, choreographer, and teacher Rosangela Silvestre to Minnesota for a special master class. Rosangela is the creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, which uniquely combines Brazilian Orixa dance movement, North American modern dance techniques such as Horton and Graham, and other symbolic elements. She is also renowned for her classes on the Symbology of the Orixas, which focus on the “connections between the rhythms and the traditional movement, archetype, and story of the Orixa dances interpreted as an art form.” This class will feature live percussion.
Friday, May 4 | 5:15-6:45pm
Cost: $14 (no TUDC class cards accepted for this class)
Rosangela has 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.
Watch the Silvestre Technique video here.