“Re(-)place” in São Paulo – Brazil

Wagner Moreira presented  his work “Re(-)place” at 8th Meeting Royal Academy of Dance – Brazil

Performed by Helena Fernandino *

Teatro Paulo Autran – Universidade Ítalo-Brasileira

August 27th.


The topic „Space“ has accompanied me during the first semester of my Master of Arts in Choreography at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz – Dresden/Germany and opened new spaces in my artistic process.  I came up with the idea to reflect this topic in choreography through different lectures, composition exercises and research. All information was allowed to influence me. Some pictures developed more and more dominant and stronger for me during the research. The thought that there is a dynamic relationship between space and movement has marked my concept of space. I developed a special interest from this. My own experience has shown that I had the necessity of rearranging my environment, when my own intern state was just not the neatest and that the concept of physical spaces and psychic spaces as two rooms influence each other dynamically.   I also had the wish to examine the topic even in a linguistic way and I just had those questions:  “Why we replace things?”  “ Is it really necessary to move things?” Is it possible to replace myself and change my inner room?   I thought the concept was quite a good method for working on the topic choreographically.

*Helena Fernandino began studying dance in Barbacena, Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1991, complementing her dance education in other dance centers like Três Rios (Rio de Janeiro state) e Juiz de Fora (Minas Gerais state). Along With her dance education Helena got her college graduation as a teacher at the Letters Course (Portuguese and English Languages ad their Literatures). From 2001 until 2003 Helena absorbed the study of Cognitive Linguistics at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil. From 1999 to 2002 Helena acted as a contemporary dancer with the “Grupo AME”, achieving awards in dance festivals like the “International Dance Festival of Tápias” (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), “Dance Festival of Triângulo Mineiro”(Minas Gerais).  Since 2003 Helena has been living in Germany where she works as a free lancer dance dancer and also as a dance teacher in Neuenkirchen, Burgsteinfurt und Münster. In Brussels and Vienna, she has attended workshops in Contemporary Dance. As a guest dancer she worked in 2006 at the Städtischen Bühnen Münster under the direction from Daniel Goldin and in 2007 at Theater Görlitz, under direction from Gundula Peuthert. In June 2008 Helena worked as an assistant from Dani Lima, in the project “Escalators”, developed inside the festival Theater der Welt (Halle). Together with Wagner Moreira Helena choreographed the Requiem from Dvorák and the dance-video named Helena, from Hector Solari. Her own piece Unort was first at Theater Görlitz presented. From 2008 until 2010 Engagement at Theater Görlitz.  In September 2010 Helena participated on the Project Frequenz 09/10 (Galerie unter Berlin) with the choreographer Vanessa Huber. Before she went to Brazil last July she worked at the “Isola” dance production with Daniel Goldin in Muenster – Germany.


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