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Meet Cristina Fernandes Rosa

Moving across: 

Ecologies of knowledges , bodily arts, and eco-somatic research-creation


Rosa's creative practice is informed by distinct movement practices, including modern and contemporary dance forms (e.g. Release, somatic, BMC, Butoh), Afro-Diasporic forms (e.g. capoeira, Silvestre, Dunham), yoga, and meditation. In the area of visual arts, she has worked across drawing, painting, graphic arts, photography, film and live art.

Rosa’s formal education includes a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from UCLA, chaired by dance studies professor Susan L. Foster; 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 in Salvador, Brazil (UFBA). This international program was led by distinguished professors such as Angela Davis and Mara Viveros Vigoya.

Dr. Cristina Fernandes Rosa is an artist-scholar who makes work at the intersection of dance, bodily arts, and visual culture. Rosa is currently a Visiting Professor at the School of Dance of the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil (2021/23). Dr. Rosa was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton in London (2016-2022) and at various universities in the USA (2010-2016), such as UC Riverside, FSU Tallahassee, Tufts University, Reed College, CalArts, CSU Chico, and UCLA. Additionally, Dr. Rosa was a Visiting Professor at the Universidade de Brasilia in Brazil (2011) and a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Freie Universität’s IRC Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin, Germany (2012-13).


CosmoAngola workshop at Kilombo Tenondé, 2024

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photo of Interstício  ou o que precisa existir (2023)

Dr. Rosa’s creative research has circulated internationally and her scholarship has been published in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and monographs. She is currently involved in two interrelated research-creation projects. The first, titled Movements of Sustainability, interweaves a wide range of creative bodily practices with the concept of sustainability, understood here as a series of ecological relations, namely the care of self (individual ecology), the care of others (social ecology), the care of environments (territorial ecology), and the care of ideas (ecology of knowledges and ways of knowing). The second, titled Movimentos Cognitivos, emerged from a series of collaborations with capoeira master-teachers, maroon community activists, and performance artists. For more information, please visit this link here.


Lecture performance "The Whiteness of Dance Studies"in  2019,  featuring dioramas for systems of oppression (from left to right): Capitalism, Coloniality, and Patriarchy. 

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