“Decolonizing the Body Through Dance” is a movement research spearheaded by Brazilian-born dancer & choreographer, Marina Magalhães, based on the belief that decolonization is a futuristic process of reclaiming and reinventing tradition. It is based on five fundamental principles of African Diasporic dance practices: intimate relationship with the ground, mobile spine, playful improvisation, dynamic (off) balance, and circularity in individual movement and collective participation. Magalhães establishes these principles as core aesthetic values, while valuing each individual dancer’s unique expression and innate ability to embody the principles in creative and generative ways. This iteration of the workshop will be part dance class (taught by Magalhães), part choreography laboratory (giving participants the chance to explore and create material of their own), and part showing (inviting community members to witness and dialogue with us about our process and findings). Some dance experience encouraged, no choreography experience necessary.
Marina Magalhães is a seasoned dancer, teacher, and award-winning choreographer from Brazil, based in Los Angeles. Hailing from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance, Magalhães has performed with Victoria Marks, Maria Bauman, Vera Passos, Viver Brasil, & CONTRA-TIEMPO (touring company member/Assistant Artistic Director). In 2013 she received the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Choreography. www.marinamagalhaes.com