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From Body
to Body

From Body
to Body

with Gisela Dória

Interdisciplinary Movement Practices

School year 2023/2024

Monday | 19h30-21h00

From Body to Body consists of regular classes based on the practice that Gisela Dória has been developing over many years of pedagogical and artistic experience. The work proposed here dialogues with a variety of techniques, including Dance, Pilates, Gyrokinesis® and various Somatic Education practices, including the Klein Technique™. More than a synthesis of these techniques, the classes promote the integration of various approaches in favor of a sensitivity that takes the uniqueness of each body as its starting point.

The aim is to develop awareness of the physical structure in order to make movement more functional and pleasurable, helping to maintain the body’s vitality. These classes thus open the way to self-observation, providing each person with the necessary resources for the continued (re)education of their movement.

Classes are open to adults of all ages, with no technical or physical prerequisites.


Gisela Dória was born in Rio de Janeiro and is living in Lisbon since 2018. Daughter of actor father and mother, she grew up behind the scenes of theaters, studied classical ballet, jazz, modern dance until she reached contemporary dance. Graduated in London, at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance; she is certified in Pilates by CGPA-São Paulo with a specialization in the Kane School Pilates Program in New York; she is a Certified Gyrokinesis® Instructor and, since 2020, is a member of the Klein Technique™ Certification Program.

She taught classical ballet at Sitter’s School of Dance (1991-1993) in Canada. She was founder and artistic director of the Gisela Dória Ballet School (1994-2017), Campo Grande, Brazil. She holds a master’s degree from the University of São Paulo-USP (2008) and a doctorate from the University of Campinas-UNICAMP (2015), both in Performing Arts.

She collaborated with Coletivo Performa Teatro in São Paulo from 2008 to 2017, where she performed in the show Cry Baby Cry (Festival Internacional de Teatro Rua de Porto Alegre-2014), directed by Matteo Bonfitto and Graziella Mantoanelli; she acted in and choreographed the dance video Deslizes (2008); she prepared the body for the shows Descartes (Sesc SP-2008), O Mentiroso (2009) and co-directed Palavras Corrompidas (Sesc SP-2016). She participated as a performer and director of several dance shows, among them: O Sopro de Vida (2004), Cultura Bovina – Ginga Cia de Dança with the support of Caixa Econômica Federal (2007/2009), Fluzz – Cia Dançurbana with the support of Boticário na Dança Prize (2017), A Viagem- Autores em Cena– Itaú Cultural, (2016).

Author of the book Poética de Sem Lugar: Por uma Teatralidade na Dança, published in 2013 by Editora Perspectiva, São Paulo and co-author of the book Cia Carne Agonizante: 21 Years of Dance with no time to be afraid, 2018. Held in 2017/18 a postdoctoral project at ECA/USP, where she developed an inspired choreographic research for Poesia Haiku. From 2018 to 2020 she was a visiting researcher at the Center for Theater Studies at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon.

She started collaborating with Forum Dança in November 2021.

Personal website www.giseladoria.com

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