Artists and Teachers
Here are the Biographies of the Duende artists who participated in 2016's Gathering.
Click on each photo to read their personal story.
Click on each photo to read their personal story.
YUMMA MUDRA Founder of the Danza Duende project and author of the book “La voie qui danse”, Yumma Mudra has been dancing since her childhood. Tantric dancer, she is inspired by the traditions of the Wisdom Dakinis. In her art she has gathered the keys to undertake the transmutation of emotions, awareness of space and the union of masculine and feminine. Thanks to the creation of Danza Duende she experimented with effectiveness the paths to reinforce the openness of the heart, establishing conscious synergy in interdependence, and developing the culture of kindness in the process of the artistic discipline, from intimate solitude to solidarity. Since 2013 she joins Michel Raji in the work of “Chorésophie” with their tour “Samaya, Rituel de la Rose”. www.danzaduende.org
MICHEL RAJI Abdeslam Michel Raji was born in Morocco, then he moved to France at the age of 12. The displacements in his life contributed to create a sort of “cartography”, which was drawn inside him. Each step he took towards another place represented an initiation step towards universality. A dancer and a choreographer since very young, he was trained in ballet and contemporary dance. In 1985 he created his own educational path calling it Chorésophie. The interior landscape of Chorésophie moves from materiality to metaphysics. Chorésophie deals with the exploration of breath in dancing and the essence of dancing. By listening to one’s inner breath and going through the exploration of one’s own rhythms of respiration, making acquaintance with respiration movements and sounds, the work of the dancer strikes root in the endless alternation of beat and upbeat of respiration. Each beat as well as each upbeat live in space and time. You can refine your practice by expanding your gestures and movements until they become a dynamic dance, which has the form of a circle. In this dance, by dancing this way, you make a ritual of the breath, which you have found again inside yourself. It is an artistic quest for essence, for the act of dancing, in which this very act is changed into a knowledge path. Michel has changed his body through his personal and alchemic discovery of breath and sensorium. He has developed since more than 30 years extremely varied tools and extraordinary keys for Chorésophie, which are effective and consistent. His vast work presents a precise consistency, that makes it possible for the student to discover little by little inside him/her the essence of the form and which essence the absence of form is made of. Consequently the students are enabled to find paths by which they can get to powerfully express such essence through artistic languages.
ALESSANDRA CENTONZE Artistic director at Metiss’Art Danza Arte e Benessere dal Mondo, [Dance, Art and Wellness from the World] dance teacher, choreographer and performer, her skills are Duende Dance, Oriental Dance, Folk dances from Arabic World, Berber Dances, and whirling (spinning) dances. Alessandra has been a teacher since 2000 in Milan, and has carried out her activity in centers aiming at the diffusion of ethnic dances. Since 2008 she is the artistic director and the main teacher at Metiss’Art Danza Arte e Benessere dal Mondo ASD [Amateur Sports Club], that has been one of the first center in Europe where the teaching of world dances has been proposed in an holistic perspective. She teaches Oriental Duende workshops as well as workshops of folk dances from Arabic world in Italy, Spain and Portugal, and she has been a guest in festivals and events aimed at culture dissemination. Alessandra practices Shambhala meditation (Shambhala Lineage of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche) and guides people in Shambhala meditation sessions.
ANASTASIA FRANCAVIGLIA Italian dancer, teacher and performer. Grown up in Sicily where she began studying ballet and modern dance at the age of four, over the years she has studied modern jazz, majorettes, juggling and pyrotechnics. She began her training in bellydance in 1999. She was leading dancer for several musical groups including Takadum Orchestra, Ons, Araband and I Circolabili. In 2009 she discovered Danza Duende and in 2014 she graduated as Danza Duende Teacher.
CAROLINA FONSECA Carolina Morais Fonseca began her performative career with Chinese Acrobatics and Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition when she was five years old. Completing later her B.A. in Ceramics and Fine Arts, she studied Dance, Theatre, Singing, Violin and Martial Arts in Portugal, Belgium, Central Asia, Far Middle East and the United States of America (with the New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Company). She learned Gypsy Dance and developed this specific formation as a dancer by traveling and learning with families and Gypsies Casts in India, Rajasthan, and also in different countries and regions such as Romania, Transylvania, Hungary, Turkey, Egypt, Spain, France, Belgium and Maghreb. She studied Japanese No Theatre with the master Masato Matsuura in Paris and Kathakali Indian Classical Dance in Kerala in southern India. Fully dedicated to the Danza Duende Project, Carolina is part of its core as an artist, teacher, dancer and choreographer, and in 2014 she completed this Danza Duende training fulfilling the 6 levels established, over ten years of her professional career. Since 2012 she has been studying Kathak (Indian Classical Dance) in Mumbai with Prerana Deshpande and in parallel continues her training in Western Classical Dance and Martial Arts (Kung Fu) and Chi-Kung and also in the study of the Choresophie Technique with Yumma Mudra and Abdeslam Michel Raji. Carolina studies Vajrayana Buddhism in the of Nyingma Dudjom Tersar Lineage in Catalonia with Djampa Lama Gyatso and in New York under the direction of HH Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche, with whom she took refuge in 2009. Carolina Morais Fonseca is one of the performers and dancers that created the Zambra dance company in 2005, which is based on influences from the Far and Middle East and Central Asia contemporizing secular traditions to a Western and Fusion Art expressions. Highlighted in her career: Les Fourberies de Scapin (2006) at the Théâtre des Martyrs (Brussels), La Dance de Luth Brussels, Madrid and Portugal. Besides other works for television she starred on SIC Mulher dancing and improvising with the dancer and choreographer Joaquin Cortez and starred in Notche of Gazal for Televisión Española in the Grand Auditorium of Santiago de Compostela. She also danced with Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf de Haidouks and Mahalla Rai Banda in international festivals and also with Roby Lacatos in the Grand Auditorium of the CCB in Lisbon and subsequently in Switzerland in 2014. She was invited as soloist dancer for the New York Gypsy Fest in 2010. She worked as a dancer in Istanbul invited by musicians and composers Mirkealam and Teoman (Turkey). Carolina made her debut as a choreographer and producer in 2009 with Ecstasy, followed in 2010 by A Poet in New York, a solo show coproduced with Theatrelab in New York (USA) under a scholarship from Inovart, DGARTES (Portugal). In 2012 she presented, produced and choreographed Lorca Duende, another collaboration with Theaterlab in New York. Alma was a project developed in 2012-2013, developed and choreographically structured and adapted to different cultures, artistic and literary views of different regions and worldviews, in constant collaboration with resident artists such as musicians, actors and poets – always in recreation and development. This creation was transformed and adapted in different places around the world, particularly in Macau (China) and Mumbai (India). In 2014 she produced, choreographed and starred in Alma en La Ciudad del Desejo, a creation which also featured the interpretation of the dancers Ana Rodriguez Ilvi Zendejas, Heliane Lopez and Roberto Mosqueda. This show was presented in Leon, Guanajuato and Morelia and gave rise to Carolina’s most recently created dance company, Minerva Ethnical Ballet (Mexico). In 2014 she created, choreographed and performed Glimpse – The Art of Dying, a solo in Theaterlab in New York (USA), in collaboration with the musician and composer Hamidreza Maleki (Iran) and with video and image by Pedro Maia (Portugal). Carolina Morais Fonseca teaches dance since 1999, from Gypsy Duende to Giro Sufi, besides creative dance for children, Duende expression classes in cities like Milan, Bologna, France, Brussels, Forli, London, Ireland, New York, Barcelona, Madrid and Ljubljana and in several cities of Portugal (2012-2013). In 2013 she taught in Bali, Indonesia, and also in India, having worked in the latter country especially with Gypsy communities in underdeveloped neighborhoods within the Gypsy Dance rehabilitation and lost traditions. Also in Bali and Macau Giro she taught Sufi classes (2012-2013). In Portugal she developed artistic projects with schizophrenics in Júlio de Matos Hospital in Lisbon, coproducing with Liliane Viegas from the concept of dance and therapy (2013-2014). Also as a dance teacher and as a dancer and choreographer she was two times on tour in Mexico, including cities as the Federal District, Oaxaca, Morelia, Xalapas, Puebla, Guadalajara, Leon, Morelia and Veracruz (2012 and 2014). Carolina currently also teaches private lessons and individual specific training for individuals or private groups.
CLAUDIA NUNES Portuguese born in 1970 Aerial Circus, Dance Theatre, Nomad Researcher In 1992, she trained and study at the National Circus Arts School of Brussels with specialization in Aerial Techniques. . Ad hoc training then complete his background (Circus, Dance, Singing, Theatre, Clown, Tai Chi, Yoga, Stretching, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Body) In 2011 , she began studying Danza Duende and Chorésophie. Since 1994, she creates group or solo shows and small forms mixing the Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Digital Arts. She travels Europe as a performer with various companies («Everything is Slow», «Les Baladins du Miroir», «La Cie du Chapitô», «Ze Red Shoes», «La Cie Elles», «Los Comediantes», «Alaeti», «El Colectivo Ambar», «Cie DSN», «Anakrouze»). Exploring different worlds (Marquees, Funfairs, Carnivals, Street Shows, Events, Performance, Creation in Situ, Voice Polyphony). Alongside Entertainment, she runs workshops for amateurs and professionals of all ages. She teaches courses and workshops for children of nursery and primary, youth and adults (Circus, Dance, Yoga, Aerial Techniques, Stretching, Pilates, "Scenic Research and Creativity")
CRISTINA MANRIQUE I started my training practice in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Judo and Ballet at the age of 6. At 8 and for the following 10 years I dedicated myself to Flamenco. Almost simultaneously from 1997 to 1998 I started studying art history at the University of Barcelona and Bellydance (and world dances like Bhangra, Gypsy, dances of the Pacific Ocean ...) in Devorah Korek’ school and others. I kept learning and investigating on different styles and techniques with other teachers (Shokry Mohamed Mahmoud Reda, Farida Fahmi, Suraya Hilal and Alessandro Bascioni, Sabina Todaro, Tamalyn Dalal, Paula Lena …). Taught classes in the Sarabi School of Devorah Korek for 5 years and I was part of her dance company for 7 years. In 2003 I contacted with Kundalini Yoga, a discipline that I’ve been practicing since then. In 2005 I met Danza Duende and Yumma Mudra (Myriam Szabo), I took Level I in Danza Duende and thus beginning my training in this path in which I keep continuing. Since 2006 I’ve been collaborating with visual artist David Ymbernon as part of his company and participating in different productions of the creator: performances in art exhibitions in Barcelona and Lleida, and participating in festivals (Panorama d'Olot, Barcelona GREC) In 2007 in Barcelona I open my own dance space, Dansala, until 2010, that I closed it on the birth of my first child. From Barcelona, I work in the Duende Project team with La Negra, creating together workshops, cycles of dances, parties, the piece “Poema Blanco“ as well as other projects and shows that are still in incubation. Together with La Negra and with companions we created the performance “El aliento de la Dakini“, based on an idea of Yumma Mudra. In 2014/15 I stepped into the universe of sensorial theater with the postgraduate studies of “Lenguaje Sensorial y poética del juego” with the company Teatro de los Sentidos by the Fundació Universitat de Girona, starting to investigate dance as a sensory language. And I'm still there, as a personal assistant to the director, continuing my education with them and participating in some performances ( "18m2 de piel” and "Renéixer"). In these days I’m proposing dance cycles and workshops of Oriental Duende and ZingarOriental in Barcelona, focused especially on the eastern, organic and authentic movement. "Feeling the feet on the ground, the hips rejoice, the heart shines, the face lights up, and every cell in the body vibrates in the infinite space of the eternal dance ... dancing life!”
FRANCESCA LUPPO Oriental, free and oriental duende performer and teacher, Pilates instructor. Artistic director of MEP Danza asd (Varese). She has been studying dance since 1985 and she has deepened styles and technique with the most famous international teachers: Fifi Abdou, Raqia Hassan, Dina, Mo Geddawi , Zaza Hassan, Hamada Hossam, Sorraya, Momo Kadous, Randa Kamel , Amir Thaleb, Aziza Abdul Ridha, Jillina, Virginia Mendez, Sadie Marquardt, Bozenka, Wael Mansour, Mohamed Shahin, Anasma, Urban Tribal, Geneva Bybee, Sabina Todaro, Yumma Mudra, Abdeslam Michel Raji. From 2006 to 2009 she was part of the Malika Ferhat Company (Milano) and performed in theaters professional shows like “ Oriental Fusion”, “ Devota” ,“Lezioni d’Amore”, “Hafla”. She has directed and choreographed the oriental and danza duende shows “ Corpo a Corpo” (2010), “ Sensation Seeker” (2012) and “L’Educazione del Guerriero”( 2015). Inspirations from her instructional and human path come from Danza Duende® international project to which she’s active part and from meditation. Francesca is student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhist meditation under the Shambhala Lineage.
MONICA ZAS Lover of arts, music, dance. She studied all kinds of Classical Dances when she was a child, Flamenco in her twenties, Oriental Dance during maternity and Danza Duende since she discovered that she was not looking for form or competition. So she found that in Danza Duende, a deep dance. Jewelry maker of profession, dancer for passion, mother in real life. Teacher of Oriental and Free Duende since 2014 and Danza Duende teacher since 2016. Creator of Danza Duende by Zas (Jewelry in constant evolution) She studied Reflexology with the jesuit Mosen Fabregas en Moia (Catalunya) Reiki and Metamorphic Technique. Actually she lives in Andalucia and coordinates the facebook page Danza Duende Andalucia.
JEAN-LUC PEROT I started as a teenager and grew in the mood of martial arts - judo, karatedo - Aïkido - boxing. I slowly came out of school graduated in physical education. Then looking after the concept of QI (Chi or Ki - energy) I studied traditional chinese medicine and later osteopathic manual therapy. By the age of 30 I was attracted in the field of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Cong and since then I never quit to refine my search and the practice. I think that my appeal was to better understand people, health, wellness and happiness. Round my 50th, I opened my space with dancing, martial arts were too much confined in a face to face meeting. And so Danza Duende came naturally in my life, expressing my own search in a way I was not able to structure in those times. I’m also deeply concerned by neuro-cognition and behaviour. So…the beat goes on…
MARILINA VECA Marilina Veca lives and works in Rome. Graduated in Modern Literature in the "Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza”, specialised in Latin Paleography in the Secret Vatican Archive; she worked in international Relations of official institutions, organising internationals conferences and events. Working for humanitarian and peace projects, specially for serbian enclaves of Kosovo and Metohija and before for Cuba. Journalist and writer, author of "Piccole Gemme" and "Il colore dei suoni", Lalli editore 1989, "Scandalo Somalia, anatomia di un falso”, Franco Aglieri Editore 2001, “Il Kosovo perduto”, Ediz. Interculturali, Roma 2003, “La nebulosa del caso Moro”, Selene Editore 2005, “Moro si poteva salvare. Libro-intervista. Novantasei domande sul caso Moro”, Massari Editore, Roma 2006, “Kosovo e Metohija, il ritorno impossibile” Filip Vjesnic’, Belgrado 2007, “Cuore di lupo/Vucje srce” Krišanka Misao, Belgrado 2009, “Sette volte sette”, Kimerik, Messina 2010, “La testa dell’idra” Sensibili alle foglie 2011, “Predeo Dushe/Il paesaggio dell’anima” Edizione Poeta, Belgrado 2013, “Splandiana il nome nascosto” Sensibili alle foglie 2014. Professor in "Corso di Formazione sullo Stalking" organised by Psicologia Insieme Onlus, Genuensis Fondation, University of Camerino from April 2010 until now. From May 2010 she is organizing the festival of dance and music “DANZANDO NELLE DIASPORE” (until now 16 editions) following the red line of interior and exterior "diaspora" from India through oriental dance and jewish dance, until flamenco and Balkans suggestions. She is studying Gurdjeff dance; performing cingali, tamil, indian dance; jewish dance. M.V. speaks fluently french, spanish, english. From 2011 she's learning hebrew.
ÉLISABETH MULLIER Elisabeth is a Belgian dancer. She dances and studies Argentinian tango since 2003 and Danza Duende since 2005. She enlarged her vocabulary of movement and her body awareness through various approaches, of which oriental dance, flamenco and gypsy dances, Tai-Chi and the Feldenkrais method. She teaches at Nosotros Tango Club in Brussels since 2008 and develops the Tango Duende projects since 2010, applying the Duende methods to tango in order to explore the complementarity between feminine and masculine energies as well as our relation to ourself, to the others and to space. She performs with various dance partners and musicians and has participated in the shows « Le Café du Port » and « Le Feu de la Terre ».
SALAMANTRAS The SALAMANTRAS Gipsy Duende Dance Company was created in 2000 in Portugal after the great musician Roby Lakatos asked Myriam Szabo (Yumma Mudra) to join him on stage on specific occasions. Since then the group has performed with several bands and musicians in different European festivals. Salamantras is a fruit of the Danza Duende project: an intense investigation created by Yumma Mudra, not only on Gipsy Dances and Music from all over the world, but also on the very core of the human being, through the heart of Arts as a path for education. Each dancer of SALAMANTRAS is an accomplished artist in her own right and all together they are delighted to share their wild spirit with the audience, setting our souls free. http://gipsyduendecompany.wix.com/salamantras
ONDAKINI Ondakini is the name of the first group in Italy working on Yumma Mudra’s Oriental and Free Duende proposals in Italy. Directed by Alessandra Centonze, the Ondakini company is composed by professional dancers and advanced students. Ondakini performed in different Danza Duende creations: Corpo a Corpo (2010-2011), Interno mare (2011-2012), Sensation Seeker (2012 -2013), Farfalle sullo stomaco ( 2015). This show took place in different theatres in Milan and Rome. Ondakini dancers in Serpa: Sabrina Albano, Daniela Bottelli, Manuela Muzza, Gianfranca Rastelli, Manuela Bramati, Mariapia Marcucci, Ileana Medaglia
LA NEGRA I started the pursuit of my artistic expression as a small girl in Argentina. I explored theater, dance and writing. Later I went into fashion design and photography until the moment I found my space in bellydance and it gradually grew into a deep inner journey of self-knowledge. Since '98 I trained in belly dancing with Paula Lena in Buenos Aires and delved with teachers like Mohamed Shokry, Paula Lena, Myriam Szabo (Yumma Mudra), among others. I am a teacher of Duende Oriental Dance, Duende Free and I created a work with and for women called "Féminas-feminine magic". I live in Barcelona. I am lucky enough to be able to share my work in other various places like Madrid, Vitoria, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Milan, Ireland ... I keep training in Danza Duende (I started in 2004) with Yumma Mudra and the teachers of the Duende International Network. As I’m interested in working with the essence of feminine energy and its many nuances, I created "Féminas-feminine magic" that I’m currently developing in collaboration with Laura Orsina. From this project “La Morada de Las Féminas”was born: it’s a femininity ritual performed with Desirée García Miras and Laura Orsina. I also create and produce events and shows solo and in collaboration with other artists, such as: Cristina Manrique, with the piece “Poema Blanco”; Yumma Mudra, with “El aliento de la Dakini". I created and directed “Entre Tierra y Cielo”, multidisciplinary performance with the participation of various artists and Leire Bolumburu’s production. I created and directed "Féminas en escena”, a work-in-progress performance. Since 2004 I’ve been also producing various Duende events in collaboration with other people. Currently, and as a synthesis of my life journey, I created together with Laura Orsina the "Thelys Rituales” project. I am a mother of a boy and a girl. Motherhood is for me the richest and most demanding practice.
PASCALE GOUBERT Born in France, living between Paris and Brussels, Pascale Goubert is an puppeteer, actress and dancer. Member of Leila Haddad's Company since 2005, she has been joining Danza Duende for 12 years, after meeting Yumma Mudra in Brussels. Yumma encouraged Pascale to work on the project by adding puppetry to the galaxy of Danza Duende since 2012, creating Anima Duende.
VICTORIA IVANOVA Victoria was born in Russia, moved to Andalusia (Spain) for 13 years, then was living for brief periods in France, Argentina and now is residing in Milano (Italy). Studying, working and collaborating with Danza Duende for 11 years, she is one of a the dancers from Salamantra Company (Gypsy Duende) then went on tour with the famous violinist virtuoso Roby Lakatos. She's also a dancer in Natalia Piscareva's Character Dances Company (Russia-Italy). Together with Francesca Pedretti and Alessandra Centonze (Italy) she's directing Metiss'Art Dance Company (Gypsy, Tribal and Oriental Dances). Victoria is a dancer who brings her Art to the world and transmits to her students happiness, love for life, for dance and for themselves.
Ninon Robin 30 years old, French. I started my Danza Duende studies in 2012 and spent 3 years in Belgium, dedicated to it. Pluridisciplinary artist with 13 years of experience, my training is mostly on Theatre. - Theatre Conservatory in Bretagne (France), which allowed me to attend multiple contemporary dance, clown and singing workshops. In parallel I developed an interest for social theater and made different scenic and plastic collaborations. - International School of Movement in Lasaad (Belgium), with Lecoq's pedagogy, which allowed me to experiment with all theatre styles. During my second year in Lasaad, a friend showed me a video of Yumma Mudra, and I felt that all the human qualities I was searching for where present in her and her Danza Duende teachings. I have been working in all of it since I graduated.
MARTÍN LÓPEZ MURO Martín is an Argentinian guitarist. He studied music in Argentina where he obtained his diploma of Chamber Music. He also studied in Belgium where he obtained his Master degree in Guitar at the Conservatory of Ghent and his Teacher's Degree in Namur. He gives many concerts mainly in Argentina, Belgium and in the Baltic Countries, in solo and in various formations. Currently, he is mainly interested in Argentinian traditional popular music, of which tango.
Stéphanie Van Vyve Is born in 1977 in Belgium. She is a former french teacher and works as an actress since 12 years. She was formed at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and has been acting in more than 35 plays and several movies and series. Last year, she won the prize of Best actress at the Critic’s Prizes in Belgium. She met Yumma Mudra in 2006 in Brussels thanks to director Christine Delmotte for the play "Les Fourberies de Scapin" and joined the Danza Duende project since then. In the 2010 Serpa Festival edition, they act together in « La danse du Luth ». She created the play « Diotime et les lions » inspired by the Danza Duende training and presented a short version of it at the previous Festival in Serpa. This year, they are back together in a new show « 1Arbre2Vies ».
TIFFANI GYATSO Tiffani Gyatso is a Brazilian artist, specialised in Thangka Painting (Tibetan Buddhist Art) at the Norbulingka Institute, in India. She also develops her own contemporary art based on the intuitive and contemplative process. She offers workshops, talks and art retreats in Brazil and eventually in other countries, as well as Art Coaching (presencial and Online). She sells her works in exhibitions and by commissions. "The evolution of my spiritual path is what moves me. Art present itself as a path - it is this path that I follow thru many expressions... the sacred and the profane, goddesses and demons, traditional and contemporary... many faces of my own self..."
MARTA PORTUGAL DIAS Dedica se há mais de 15 anos à pesquisa de Danças do Mundo, especializando-se em Dança Rom (ciganas) e Danças do Médio Oriente.Valoriza na sua aprendizagem, o contato com comunidades em diferentes países e a sensibilização das diferentes expressões populares, tradicionais e contemporâneas como uma via de inovação e criação no método artístico; Licenciada em Dança pela Escola Superior de Dança (ESD) no Curso de Criação e Interpretação em Lisboa. Diplomada do Curso "Danças com Tradição" na Faculdade de Motricidade Humana. Frequência da pós-graduação em Desenvolvimento pelas Artes Expressivas no ISPA. Viveu na Roménia em diferentes comunidades ciganas e em 2003 trabalhou no projecto Nota de Plata de música-dança com músicos ciganos romenos em Lisboa. A aproximação que teve durante vários anos com comunidade cigana romena levou-a a aprender a falar romeno. Actuou no Festival Tábor Cygániflkor na Roménia e conta com inúmeras atuações a solo e Companhias. Bailarina, co creadora e fundadora nas Companhias de Dança Ciganas - Pálinka e da 1ª Companhia de Dança Oriental em Portugal - Zambra; dançou com diversos grupos de música destando se Gadjé ( Portugal) , membros dos Taraf de Haidouks ( na Roménia), Al Caravan ( Espanha- Marrocos), La menina sin Nombre ( França), Vagabonde Ópera (EUA), Nota de Plata ( Roménia – Portugal), Orquestra Marroquina (Marrocos) , entre muitos outros. Integrou a equipa como bailarina, orientadora e intérprete na realização do documentário “Filhos do Destino” , do realizador José Meireles, sobre cultura (música e dança cigana/rom) filmado na Roménia e estreado na RTP2 com ante-estreia na Cinemateca de Lisboa. Convidada por ACIDI ( Alto Comissariado para Imigração e Diálogo Intercultural) a participar no debate "Vidas Ciganas", no Museu da Cidade, sob condição de comentadora. Bailarina na Companhia Kwenda Lima de dança Afro contemporânea, com estreia do espetáculo Muloma na Assembleia Nacional em Cabo Verde. Convidada pela Escola Superior de Dança para participar, como bailairina no filme cinematográfico “Mistérios de Lisboa” do cineasta chileno Raúl Ruiz; Bailarina convidada no filme Centro Cultural de Belém 2013; Participou como bailarina e professora de Dança Oriental e Danças Rom em diversos programas televisivos na RTP2, SIC e TVI e RTP África em Portugal. Lecciona Dança Oriental e Dança Gypsy Romani em diversos eventos e festivais. Membro da International Dance Council Unesco
MÓNICA RONCÓN Luso-Spanish Monica is a passionate by the musicality and mystery that every language and every worldview behold. With a degree in Languages and Literature, she soon realises that the ‘truth’ (if there is such thing) has a lot to do with the space between words. Starting her artistic career with flamenco and Spanish classical ballet, she later specialises in Romani dances and travels to Eastern Europe for a close listening of the heart of their melodies and the voice behind their expression. She has collaborated with several dance companies as a dancer and choreographer, and with different musical groups as a soloist dancer and percussionist. With a Diploma in Danza Duende, producer of the II International Danza Duende Festival, Mónica sees art as a privileged means for human evolving in its manifold aspects. In the simplicity of a gesture or in the emotion of a song, she returns to the primordial word: space and sound rediscovered and renovated in every breath, every song or in every laughter. She currently studies Sensorium with Coresopher© Abdeslam Michel Raji, the zero sensorial state before every movement form emerges.
Mário Teixeira was born in Angola in 1970. Studied at EPME with Carlos Voss, at the Rotterdam Conservatorium with Robert Van Sice, at the Superior Oporto School of Music with Miguel Bernat, has a master degree in “The performance of Japanese music for Marimba at Aveiro University and a PHD in “Tai Chi in Percussion”. He premiered numerous works for contemporanean ensemble, for percussion group, chamber music and solo. His main interest is contemporanean music but also plays classical and had several experiences with Jazz and Rock. He played with Henry Bock, Maria Schneider, Umo Jazz Orchestra, Maria João, Pedro Burmester, Fausto Neves, among others. He worked with: Régie Sinfonia, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra da EPME, Círculo Portuense de Ópera, Oficina Musical, Ictus Ensemble (Belgium), Quarteto de Pianos de Madrid, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Coro Gulbenkian Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Ensemble Nov’arte, Plural Ensemble (Spain). He taught at Conservatório de Aveiro, at Conservatório de Braga and EPME. He teaches percussion at the Aveiro University since 1999. He is a member of the Percussion Group Drumming, a member of Remix Ensemble, Ensemble Performa and Magnet Duo. He practices Tai Chi Chuan
Maria Goretti Coelho Licenciatura in Clinical Psychology at Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto, Portugal. Clinical expertise in the psychotherapeutic model of Bioenergetic Analysis. Individual and group psychotherapist: Developed a unique approach which integrates different models: Clinical Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT), certified by the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA); Coaching experience in several models of body approach such as Biodanza, Danza Duende and Body-Mind-Centering principles, improvisation and creative movement exploration; Training on O Corpo que Pensa - Integration of body, mind and thought (Advanced Seminar for Psychopedagogical Interrelationship) by Pia Kraemer; Training Facilitator in the method La Voz que Sana , levels I and II, by Myrna Renaud, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Key Projects: Integração dos Opostos - O Caminho da Harmonia, which combines all the previous models; Co-author, together with Ana Beatriz Degues, of the method entitled Dançar com o Coração®, which integrates the model of Bioenergetic Analysis and several techniques and methods used in Contemporary Dance. “Dançar com o Coração” was created in 2015 and has already produced workshops and weekly sessions which culminated in a public performance entitled “Se nunca fores para a floresta, nada acontece!” (If you never go to the forest, nothing will happen). “Dançar com o Coração” performed “Cuidando-te” at the International Conference “Governação Integrada: a experiência internacional e desafios para Portugal”, at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Consulting/ Coaching: Personal development and emotional and stress management in several multinational and portuguese enterprises. Led in several iberian and international congresses with workshop presentations in Bioenergetic Analysis Personal Statement: Committed to creative movement, joy of living and her own evolution process.
Ana Beatriz Degues Dancer of life. Teacher. Directs her work in slow and deep search of conscious and authentic movement. To dance from within. As Myrna Renaud states, “Imobility is also movement. Silence is also sound”. Member and collaborator of the project company EN SITU DANZA since 2011, with performances entitled “Hasta las Cenizas”, “Las Suaves Danzas” and “Conversa – com a obra de Oscar Mestey” at MAC PR in Puerto Rico and Lisbon. In July and August 2014 she attended the Festival “Vente 14 Cuerpo Contemporânea” as an invited artist, where she performed “El árbol” - The tree, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. This performance was the starting point of an intensive workshop which culminated with a site-specific performance entitled “Columnas”. In 2015 she joins the Kwenda Lima Dance Company, where she integrated the afro-contemporary dance performance entitled “MULOMA”. Licenciatura in Dance at Faculdade de Motricidade Humana of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Technical University of Lisbon) in 2008. Certified in the course Dança na Comunidade at Fórum Dança in Lisbon in 2011. Certified in the seminar O Corpo que Pensa - A integração do Corpo, Mente e Pensamento (Advanced Seminar for Psychopedagogical Interrelationship) in 2012 with Pia Kraemer at Espaço do Tempo. Cerfified in the Visual Art Commercial Short Course - Develop Expertise in Contemporary Dance Technique, with Kelly Drummond Cawthon and Wendy Morrow - Tasmanian Polytechnic, Australia (2013). Training Facilitator of the method “La Voz Que Sana”, levels I and II, by Myrna Renaud in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Works in collaboration with Myrna Renaud since 2009 in dance research, improvisation, technique and body thought, placing and Afro-Caribbean movement. Co-founder of the project “Truz Truz…Deixa-me Entrar!” – dance performances and workshops for infants. Co-author, together with Maria Goretti Coelho, of the method “Dançar com o Coração®”, which integrates the model of Bioenergetic Analysis and several techniques and methods used in Contemporary Dance. “Dançar com o Coração” was created in 2015 and has already produced workshops and weekly sessions which culminated in a public performance entitled “Se nunca fores para a floresta, nada acontece!” (If you never go to the forest, nothing will happen). “Dançar com o Coração” performed “Cuidando-te” at the International Conference “Governação Integrada: a experiência internacional e desafios para Portugal”, at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Dance teacher in Specialized Artistic Teaching at Luis António Verney school in Lisbon.