Sofia started studying CI in 2005 in Italy, and since she has moved to Brasil in 2010 she has been teaching regular classes of CI, promoting workshops, festivals and jams.
She has studied with Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Martin Keogh, Kirstie Simson, Mirva Makinen, Angela Doniy, Lisa Nelson, Alito Alessi, Ralf Jaroschinski, Ricardo neves, Diogo Granato, Roberto Lun, Leilani Weis, Camillo Vacalebre, Bruno caverna
Born in Napoli, 1965.
Is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Is a dancer and choreographer. Graduated in 1994 at CNDO-EDDC, Arnhem, Holland.
Dances Contact Improvivisation since 1989.
Teaches Contact Improvisation in academic institutions and independent centers and festivals.
He is director of the International Festival of Novadança since 1996. In recent years, participated in workshops and performances with the Portuguese Rui Horta, the Americans with Carla Perlo, Cathie Caraker, Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton, Karen Nelson, Katie Duck, Ray Chung, Lee and Ryuji Howard Sonenklar; with Venezuelan David Zambrano, with the Japanese Oka, Ryuji Lee and Hisako Horikawa, with Dutch Angelika Oei; with German Dieter Heitkamp and Spanish Jordi Cortes Molina. As choreographer, he created the shows, “Retratos” was nominated for the prize of APAC 1993, “Mulheres” in 1996 – Portugal, “Zero” award winner Aluízio Batata 1997 “Retratos” shown for the awards Candango Ok and Culture Award 1998, “Sun in an empty room,” 1999, “Mezzanino” in 2000 and “Vertigem,” “O Tratado das Meias Verdades” in 2006. His works have been seen in Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Spain and Germany. In 1998, he participation of the VI Encuentro de Venezuela.
Fernando’s main artistic formation is:
Scenic Arts at the University of Rio de Janeiro; Circus at the National School of Circus of Rio de Janeiro; Dance and Therapy Through Movement at the School of Contemporary Dance and Body Expression Angel Vianna (Rio de Janeiro); Organic Music working and collaborating during twenty years with Ricardo Oliveira, the creator of this approach. (see more: www.musicaorganica.com.br)
He complements this formation in free courses and workshops of:
Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation and movement technique with: Graciela Figueroa (Uruguay), Julien Hamilton (England), Nien-Mari Chatz (Germany), Nienke Reehorst (Holland), Natalie Schulman (France), Steve Paxton (USA), among others. Clown and Buffon with Phillipe Gaulier (France) and Gabriel Chamé (Argentina). Corporal Mime with Kenny Cohen (USA).
As performer he was one of the founders of Intrépida Trupe the pioneer (1986) of New Circus language in Brazil. He moved to Spain, from 1991 to 1997, to work and direct the street theatre company Vagalume Teatro.
Potential Artist of Cirque de Soleil (approved in their casting as physical actor in 2000).
As Body trainer and choreographer, he worked with Brazilian and Spanish companies (Dani Lima, Regina Miranda, Teatro del Velador, etc).
As teacher he supplied classes of:
Dance, in the University of Pernambuco (Brazil) and in the National School of Circus (RJ-Brazil). Acrobatic Expression, in School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam). Acrobatic Dance, in the Instituto Andaluz del Deporte (Spain). Acrobatics, at the Instituto del Teatro de Sevilla (Spain).
Now he is based in Rio de Janeiro, since 1997, working in the approach between Organic Music and C.I. where he leads different groups in internal research as well in interactive performances that joins ethnic polyphonies, movement and spirituality.
Since more than 15 years, Fernando is one of the most active introducers of Contact Improvisation in Brazil, involved on teaching and spreading the technique. Along this time, he participated as teacher and mover in Festivals, workshops, dance and theater companies training, organization of jam sessions in different cities in Brazil and outside: Chile, Spain, Israel, Italy and Holland. He is also the founder of Contact in Rio. (see more in www.contactinrio.jimdo.com)
He has his own Studio (Corpo Seguro), reference of C.I. in Rio, where receives groups as well individuals for training and artistic advice and organizes a Contact jam monthly.