Minas Gerais, Brazil
Altogether, One After the Other: A Lecture-Performance Exploring Dilemmas Faced by a Brazilian AT Teacher
In this interactive performance, Raquel will share, problematize, and discuss aspects of her PhD research on dance and the Alexander Technique. With lots of humor, dancing, and using excerpts from AT websites, articles and books, Raquel will creatively reveal some challenges she has encountered in her more than 20 years as a teacher and practitioner of the AT.
Using the “disassembly” method (desmontagem) conceived and practiced by Latin American artists, she will interact with the audience in a variety of ways—from a demo chair lesson to a dance improvisation—during which her questions, discomforts, and dilemmas come to the surface in a surprising way.
After the performance, there will be an opportunity for open and informal discussion, allowing participants to ask questions and share their impressions about the presentation.
About Raquel Cavalcanti
Raquel Cavalcanti is a Brazilian dancer, improviser, dance instructor, and AT teacher. In 1999, she graduated from the Matthews school (IRDEAT) in New York (USA). After living and working in NYC for over 15 years, she returned to Brazil to teach dance and the AT at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in a tenure-track position.
She is currently working on her PhD at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she is investigating the possible relationships between AT principles, dance, and teaching in an inventive, non-traditional, and non-hierarchical way. In that sense, the works of Paulo Freire, Virginia Kastrup, bell hooks, and Jacques Rancière have been invaluable.
Raquel, the mother of two beautiful young women, loves baking long-fermented bread and taking care of her plants. It is her hope that Lula will be their next president this year.
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
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