photo by Janine Guldener
photo by Janine Guldener

I am a Choreographer and Performer in Contemporary dance, Dance pedadogue and Cultural manager, BA  of Dance by the State University of Campinas – Brazil (2003). Living in Switzerland since 2016 (between St. Gallen and Bern), I have a Master Degree in Theater - Expanded Theater Program by Bern University of the Arts, HKB. I work on individual authorial projects as well as in collaborative processes with other artists. My most recent dance piece,  48",  was produced in 2017/2018 at the context of my studies at Master in Theater - Expanded Theather of Hochschule der Künste Bern. In 2017 I developed the work "OFF one's turn", premiered in Switzerland and presented also in Deutschland,  in collaboration with KOMA Kollektiv.  I am co-founder and president of the culture association "Basis 56", a project in partnership with the visual artist, graphic designer and writer Mischa Herzog.

 

Born in 1979 in a small town in the state of Minas Gerais - Brazil, my route to the dance universe has been diverse. My acquired repertoire and knowledge in this field comprises Jazz, Capoeira, Afro Brazilian Dance, somatic technic, contemporary dance, among others.  Due to this, my relation with dance is visceral and intuitive. My professional journey as a contemporary dance artist, has always involved a deep search for  technical freedom and expressive methods in order to reach esthetical results whilst prompting a dialogue of reflection with contemporary reality. 

 

Over the years, I have been constantly searching for collaborative projects to work with, with the aim to share and learn different and diverse techniques. Since the graduation in dance I participated in collaborative projects creating and performing numerous dance pieces, also in artistic residences as Djerassi Resident Artists Program (California USA), ACA - Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida USA), Movimiento en las Sierras - Rural Arts Center (Argentina) among others. Since 2010, I am member of the scenic experimental group “Núcleo Mirada”, with Karime Nivoloni and Liana Zakia, and I am co-creator of the “Hell's Dance Corporation”, with the performer Edson Calheiros. Parallel to all that, from 2012 to 2015, I also worked on the art- education field at Programa Vocacional Dança – from Cultural Department of São Paulo City, the following institution has as main goal to develop initiation activities and artistic experimentations on the suburbs of São Paulo.

  

Being part of a creative process and going further in my studies allow me to get in contact with different ways of being, thinking, seeing, creating, flowing and relating. I am interested in the merging of language, in the enchantment, in the hybridisms of artistic expressions, in the dialogue with the audience, in the body that breaks into sweat, in the pulse, in what makes body, art and life so unique, always questioning and reflecting on contemporary issues. I like to open myself to people, who are interesting and sensible, in order to learn, exchange and grow.

 

In my point of view, dance is about energy, synergy, flowing, and searching. It is about transforming something ordinary into the extraordinary; everyday, and, tap into the unknown. It is about taking risks and being out of your depth. It is about taking part of something that goes beyond the individual. Dance is more than just movement, it is the ability to see, to look, to listen, to love, to suffer, to boil, to be hurt and make mistakes. It is about to experience the breeze, the flesh, the light, the storm. It is about being insatiable.

 

Sincerely,

 

Elenita Queiroz