Cristina Fernandes Rosa
Creative Practices, Performances, & Experiments
Selected examples of creative works, lecture-performances, and embodied experiments
“I think, therefore I move”
- Thomas Hanna, somatics scholar and practitioner
I have worked as a dramaturg in the project series Desplante, which addresses the challenge of a migrant in a foreign land (2013 - present). In short, this project seeks to destabilize stereotypes, question origins, subvert pre-established identities, and create intimacy where it is absent. Through an investigation between dance and performance, in Desplante, Laura Pacheco leaves Brazil heading to Spain and Germany. There, in the midst of cultural shocks, the artist transforms the relation between her body and other bodies, or exchange of information, in the theme of her line of inquiries.
Latest performance in this project, which premiered in both Berlin and London (2019).
Moviments of Sustentability
Research-creation project that combines different movement practices with the concept of sustentability, understood as a series of concentric spheres.
Site-specific performance in Maillorca, Spain, 2018
Demo video for remote teaching workshop (2021)
Above, examples of movement and drawing exercises developed for this project
Risk-taking Bodies and their Choreographies of Protest
Lecture performance examining the socio-political significance of choreography within body politics discourses in contemporary Brazil: Capoeira Angola's call-and-response fight-games; the work of Alejandro Ahmed (Grupo Cena 11); and the mass-suicide letter issued by the indigenous population Guarani-Kaiowás (October 2012).
Black Bodies in Motion
Choreographing Resistance across the Americas (2015)
In 2016, I organized an interdisciplinary conference at Tufts University with which to extend the recent discussions around the concept of “Black Lives Matter” to Latin America, thus offering a transnational perspective on the subject. Combining lectures and round tables with practice workshops, guest artists and scholars exposed students across campus to the creative strategies that African descendants living outside the US, in places like Salvador (Brazil), Havana (Cuba), and Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), have employed to overcome racial discrimination and foster social justice.
From 1999 to 2005, I worked primarily as a visual artist, initially exploring 2D media (drawing, painting, and printmaking) and, later on, installations and performances. From 2003 to 2005, I moved to Honolulu and, to support myself, I worked as an art director for the resort wear company Tori Richard. Great aprenticeship have come from these experiences.
Offering, oil on wood board (2000)