Decolonizing the Body: Choreo Lab & Showing with Marina Magalhães
Saturday, Aug 20 2016
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday August 20
Sunday August 21
 11 am – 2pm
Decolonizing the Body:
Choreo Lab & Showing
with Marina Magalhães

Sun Aug 21st
FREE Showing @ 2:00pm
Sat Only $20 | Sat & Sun $35
 About the Event:
“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 (investigating the principles through Magalhães’s movement approach), part choreography laboratory (giving participants the chance to explore and create material of their own based on the principles), 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.
 About Marina:
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 trained and performed with renowned artists from around the world, including Victoria Marks, Maria Bauman, Gregory Maqoma, Vera Passos, Viver Brasil dance company, In/Ex Dance Project, Soul Lab Dance Project (which she co-founded in 2010 and co-directed until 2013), and CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater (as a touring company member and Assistant Artistic Director). In 2013 she received the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Choreography, and in 2014 debuted her latest evening-length work, (UN)BRIDALED, which was hailed as “the type of show that keeps concert dance relevant in our lives” by LA Dance Review and most recently set on a Johannesburg-based cast for the Human Rights & Social Justice Theater Festival at Wits University in South Africa. Magalhães has recently returned from her travels throughout Southern Africa and Brazil, and is looking forward to sharing and building on her experiences with her local Los Angeles community through this new workshop series at Pieter. To read more about Marina’s research on dance & decolonization, read her blog post “You Dance Good For A White Girl:
Musings on Race, (De)Colonization, and Belonging from a Light-Skinned Latina”and visit her website at
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