2021 has been a strange year. The transition into “normal life” again is not so easy after so many months indoors. The winter was particularly tough. But there was a highlight that I’d like to share with you. The amazing photographer Francesca Leonardi asked me to be a part of her project “I don’t want to stop dancing”… The project became an article for the weekly magazine “F”. The complete (and outstanding) photo album is on my Flickr.

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Looking inside, looking outside. Adapting, building a resilient body to survive the pandemic with creativity and vigor.

The following videos tell a little bit of my state of mind in these months of physical distancing. Some are home productions, others are filmed in the nature outdoor, and one of them was filmed at my dance studio. I’m glad to share them again as the year is ending.

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In 2009 I spent Easter in Egypt. This year of course I’m staying home with the feeling that something went wrong with our world. So many things changed but today it comes to my mind specially the beautiful Coptic area in the Old Cairo – that later suffered the terroristic attacks in 2016 and 2017. It was such a lovely, ancient and cosy place, as the whole country, the amazingly welcoming Egypt, what happened there… 

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The city where I was born – Araraquara – is located in the heart of the huge deep reddish soil area in South America known as Terra Roxa. In Portuguese the word roxa means means purple, but the Italian immigrants that arrived there at the beginning of 20th century called it rossa, red, and the Brazilians mistook it for roxa. Let’s the fusion of purple and red illustrate this blend of cultures and misunderstandings from which I come…

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Cari amici e amiche della danza,
a novembre prossimo parteciperò come insegnante e coreografa alla 13a. edizione della Divina Commedia Project™ che si terrà a Napoli. Città di poesia, passionale e sorprendente, amata e scongiurata dagli stessi italiani, accoglie rivoluzioni, accoglie la tomba di Virgilio (il primo luogo che visitai a Napoli la prima volta che sono venuta in Italia con i miei genitori!) e accoglie ora l’inusitato progetto di Francesca Pedretti dedicato a danzatori e danzatrici di Tribal Bellydance nelle sue svariate forme. Si tratta di un fine settimana di seminari con lo spettacolo finale; la selezione dei partecipanti viene fatta su pre-candidatura e la preparazione dei costumi, disegno luci e di qualche sequenza coreografica accade nei due mesi precedenti via internet; il resto è improvvisazione… 

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Today, July 21st, is my twentieth anniversary of moving from Brazil to Italy. Once in Rome I became a professional bellydancer. Before I used to be a teacher, a translator, a writer… things like that. It’s been a big changing of focus, from the brain to the body work. However, I have so many good souvenirs, I’d say only wonderful memories of those hard times!

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My new year has started in the Far East. I’m just back from a very interesting trip to Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou, China. Three totally different cities in which I could find something familiar all the time. 

In Hong Kong it was the cosmopolitan atmosphere to make things easy; in Macau it was the Portuguese heritage to make me feel home; in Guangzhou it was the the tribal bellydance community to warm my heart. 

How could this happen? 

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Era il 29 giugno 2017. Si stava alla sala piccola del Teatro Brancaccio a Roma per la 14a. edizione del festival di fine anno del San Lo’. Abbiamo presentato, con un gruppo di sedici danzatrici, allieve dei miei corsi di tutti i livelli (principianti, intermedie e avanzate insieme) un lungo brano di danza in stile tribale ATS®. L’abbiamo chiamato “Ederlezi”, con l’idea di fare un omaggio alle origini gitane della nostra danza…

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Il mio spettacolo Bambola ha debuttato ai primi di ottobre a Roma. Io e tutta l’équipe siamo molto contenti e desideriamo riproporlo in altre date e altre città. Segue un trailer e una serie di testi/immagini (“stories”) che raccontano alcuni momenti della creazione. Se desideri vedere il video completo inviami una mail…

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