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Contemporary Dance

with Josefa Pereira, Bárbara Faustino e Natália Mendonça

School year 2023/2024

Tuesday and Thursday | 19h30-21h30


Contemporary Dance classes are now sold out. If you are interested in attending, please send us an email to join our queue.

Forum Dança’s Contemporary Dance classes will be conducted through a multiple and collective experience, proposed by Josefa Pereira in partnership with artists Bárbara Faustino and Natália Mendonça. The proposal is to provide a meeting space in which the alternation between the three artists enables a context of sharing and transit so that different bodily practices intersect both in what they have in common and in the specificities that each artist and their work proposals will allow them to experience.
From this exchange between teachers/artists and students/artists, the aim is to provide a context for experimentation that activates in each participant the availability and readiness necessary for a tour of practices that seek, as a common point, to provide the experience of creative tools through dance and the body in movement.
In our classes, the different techniques and training are not an end in themselves, but a resource for a more powerful and self-aware body. From there, we try to activate a sensitive, accessible and porous body, with more vitality and better energy circulation, more resilient and malleable to its surroundings. Finally, we seek to mobilize a more inventive body that is constantly open to new updates in its ways of being.
The Tuesday and Thursday classes are aimed at anyone interested in dance and movement practices. That’s why not only dance artists and beginners are welcome, but also people who have no previous experience of body practices. Curiosity and availability are the only requirements for joining us.


Josefa Pereira (BR/PT) is a choreographer and performer. She lives in Lisbon, between partnerships in the local scene and collaborations in São Paulo, the city where she lived and grew up. She completed her master’s degree at DAS Choreography – AHK (NL) with a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation and graduated in dance and performance at Comunicação das Artes do Corpo (PUC-SP) with a scholarship from the PROUNI program. She also took part in PACAP I, promoted by Forum Dança (PT).
Her most recent artistic practice is defined by an orbiting field around interests such as monstrosity and fabulation. Recent collaborations include Ruído Rosa by Alina Ruiz Foline; As Canções que Catamos Contra os Muros que Limpamos by Catarina Vieira and Aixa Fagini; Spillovers by Rita Natálio; and dramaturgy for O Elefante no Meio da Sala by Vânia Doutel Vaz; and KDEIRAZ by Natália Mendonça.

Since 2019 she has been a dance teacher at Forum Dança, and also teaches workshops and creative laboratories, making this a space for experimentation and exchange for her practice and artistic research with other artists and interested people. In addition to collaborations and partnerships, she is dedicated to the creation and circulation of her works Hidebehind (2018), Glimpse (2020) and Calor (2022), which are part of the PINK Bestiary trilogy. And in 2023 he will premiere his new group creation Campo Força Chama. Her work has already been shown at the Cumplicidades Festival (PT); Teatro do Bairro Alto (PT); Acker Stadt Palast (DE); Moderna Museet (SE); Bienal SESC de Dança (BR); Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea-FIDCU (UR); Museum of Modern Art – MAM-SP (BR); Meteor Theater Festival (NO), among others.


Natália Mendonça (BR/PT) is a performer, choreographer and body coach with a degree in Dance from UNICAMP. Based in Lisbon since 2020, she took part in PACAP 4, teaches dance at Forum Dança and develops her own work and collaborations with other choreographers. Since 2021 she has been developing KDEIRAZ, a children’s piece that plays with the creation of choreographic games. With Josefa Pereira she collaborated on the Bestiário PINK trilogy and is a performer in Campo-Força-Chama, with Dinis Machado she is a performer in Cyborg Sunday and with Rita Natálio she was a guest in the Pass The Mic project. In Brazil she is a performer with Clarice Lima and Cristian Duarte and has been part of the cast of Marta Soares, Cia Perversos Polimorfos and Jorge Garcia. In 2016 she premiered Marcela Banguela under the PROAC 1as Obras de Dança program. She was the body coach for Quando Quebra Queima by the Ocupação collective (MEXE-PT/Festival Panorama CND-FR/Battersea-UK) and has performed at Cena Brasil Internacional-RJ/Bienal Sesc de Dança-SP/Festival IC de Teatro-BA/JUNTA Teresina-PI/Festival Aldeia Vale Dançar-PE.


Bárbara Faustino (BR/PT) is a dancer and dance teacher who graduated from the Escola Municipal de Bailado do Teatro Municipal de São Paulo. She also has a degree in Dance from the Dance and Movement course at Anhembi Morumbi University and took the Pre-Primary and Primary teachers’ course at the Royal Academy of Dance of London.
Based in Portugal since 2015, she has worked as a dancer, manager and dance teacher at Musibéria – International Center for Iberian World Music and Dance – in Serpa, Alentejo. She currently lives in Lisbon, where she continues to investigate her artistic research, at the crossroads between teaching, performance and creation in dance. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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