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Published Works 

Selected list of published articles and books


 “How can we relate to that which is different from us? How do you meet the other, in their habitat?

And what can you gain, as much as you give, through these experiments and exchanges.

Learn to learn from one another?” 

- Lia Rodrigues, Brazilian Choreographer

Brazilian Bodies and their Choreographies of Identification: Swing Nation (2015)

New World Choreographies series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Book series edited by Rachel Fensham and Peter M Boenisch

Monograph based on my Ph.D. dissertation, titled "Choreographing identification: the Presence of Ginga in Samba, Capoeira, and Grupo Corpo" (UCLA, 2010)

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The Body in Crisis (2021)

A major theoretical work by Brazilian dance scholar Christine Greiner explores the political relevance of bodily arts in the age of neoliberal globalization.

Foreword by Cristina Fernandes Rosa,

Translated by Christopher Larkosh and Grace Holleran.

Edited by Chrsitine Greiner. Ann Harbor: Michigan Press, 2021.

Neoliberalism and contemporary dance in BrazilNeoliberalism and
contemporary dance in Brazil (2021)

4x45 series edited by Andy Levender.
In this presentation, Cristina Rosa addresses how neoliberalism has shaped the production and dissemination of contemporary dance in Brazil.

Edited by Andy Levender. London & New York: Routledge, 2021.

Full video is available for subscribers of Digital Theatre [click here]

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Decolonising Performance Philosophies (2020)

In this co-authored essay, we reflect on how our respective research interests in Latin America have led us to engage with epistemologies of the global South. In your engagement with our writing, we hope you become curious about how critical theory emerges from these spaces, places, and practices.

Essay written by Melissa Blanco Borelli, Cristina Rosa, and Anamaria Tamayo Duque

In The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy. London & New York: Routledge, 2020.

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Loucas da Pa Virada: um estudo sobre as coreografias de gênero na capoeira angola (2020)

The book presents the readers in an exemplary way, the conjunction richness between an approach situated in the field of gender studies, women and feminism, and another one anchored in the lived experience of women who share an Afro-diasporic cultural practice: Angola capoeira.

Chapter written by Cristina Rosa.

in Mulheres que Gingam by Rosangela Araujo and Paula Cristina Barreto (ed.). Salvador: UFBA. São Paulo: Terceira Margem, 2020.

Performing Brazilianess:
The Case of Grupo Corpo (2015)


Article in the anthology Performing Brazil: Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Performing Arts, edited by Severino J. Albuquerque and Kathryn Bishop-Sanchez

Published: January 2015

This article sheds light on the Brazilianness of Grupo Corpo is a well-established dance company who has carved a solid position within the often shifting and unstable panorama of contemporary dance production in Brazil.

Playing, Fighting, and Dancing:
Unpacking the Significance of Ginga within the Practice of Capoeira Angola


Article published at TDR, The Drama Review,

Fall 2012, Vol. 56, No. 3 (T215),  141-166

Capoeira players are best known for their syncopated swings, sweeps, and slides, collectively known as ginga in Brazil. How does this particular mode of action function, and what roles does it assume during games of capoeira angola

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