The artists share their methodology of care – of self, others, environment. They argue that we can regard the space of alterity – of otherness – as a creative state. Bringing questions such as ‘How can we dance together, in this space and movement?’ and ‘How do we meet the other?’ they lead a session that moves between the practical and discursive, asking participants to engage with simple, but intimate instructions like using the words, ‘sorry’ and ‘thanks’ together, and reflecting together.
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2019 and was presented in partnership with Sadler’s Wells, Society for Dance Research & Roehampton University
Dr. Cristina Fernandes Rosa is an artist-scholar making work at the intersection of dance, bodily arts and visual culture. Rosa is Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton’s department of Dance, teaching both studio courses and seminars, and a member of its Centre for Research in Arts and Creative Exchange. She previously taught at various universities in the USA, namely UC Riverside, FSU Tallahassee, Tufts University, Reed College and CalArts. Rosa was also a visiting professor at Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil, 2011) and a research/teaching fellow at Freie Universität’s IRC Interweaving Performance Cultures (Germany, 2012-13).
Rosa’s formal education includes a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from UCLA, chaired by dance studies professor Susan L. Foster, and a Master in Art from UW-Madison, chaired by performance studies professor Laurie Beth Clark, and a post-graduate specialisation in Ethnic and Racial Studies and African Culture from the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador (UFBA, Brazil). This international program was lead by distinguished professors such as Angela Davis and Mara Viveros Vigoya.
Rosa’s creative practice is informed by distinct Afro-Brazilian practices, including capoeira angola, dança afro, samba-de-roda, and frevo, as well as contemporary dance forms, yoga and meditation. In the area of visual arts, she has worked across installations, drawing/painting, photography, and graphic arts.
Suzane Weber da Silva (Suzi Weber – artistic name) earned her PhD from Études et pratique des arts at Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQAM, Canada). She has been a professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, since 1996, teaching in the Performing Arts Programme (Graduate and undergraduate level). She is currently developing her postdoctoral research at Coventry University with the supervision of Professor Sarah Whatley.
Bios drawn in 2022 from Roehampton University and C-Dare websites, respectively.