“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 consistent of: warm-up (utilizing the Brain Dance methodology by Anne Green Gilbert), across the floor (improvisation & building shared vocabulary), and learning choreography. Some dance experience encouraged, all dance backgrounds welcome.
Marina Osthoff Magalhães is a seasoned dancer, teacher, and award-winning choreographer from Brazil, based in Los Angeles. Recipient of the 2013 LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Choreography, Magalhães’s critically acclaimed dance work has been hailed as “powerful” by Spot LA, “unrivaled” by Theatre Ghost, and “incredible” by LA Dance Review. Learn more at www.marinamagalhaes.com