Fernandes is a tenured professor in the Performing Arts Graduate
Program at the Federal University of
Bahia, Brazil and an associate researcher at the Laban/Bartenieff
Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS), New York. She received a Ph.D.
in art and humanities for performing artists from New York University
(1995) and a certificate of movement analysis from LIMS (1994).
In The United States, she danced with the Synergic Theater, Nancy
Zendora Dance Company, Words & Limbs Performance Group, and in
several independent productions, also studying with various choreographers,
as postmodern pioneer Douglas Dunn. In Italy, she choreographed
and danced at the interactive productions of the New York University
New Music Ensemble, together with Douglas Dunn.
She has performed many times in various Brazilian capitals, either
in festivals (e.g. International Theater Festival 2000 - Belo Horizonte),
conferences (e.g. Laban Conference 2002
- Rio de Janeiro), or at cultural events supported by the Goethe Institute
(Salvador, Porto Alegre and Curitiba), among others. She is the director
of the AFFECTUS Dance Theater Group at the Federal University of Bahia,
which in 2000 received the Brazilian ANDES-SN
National Prize for Art at Universities, Dance Category. She
is the author of Pina Bausch and The Wuppertal
Dance Theater: The Aesthetics of Repetition and Transformation
(New York: Peter Lang, 2001 and 2002 - second printing) and The
Moving Body: The Laban/Bartenieff System in Performing Arts Education
and Research (portuguese edition: São Paulo: Annablume,
2002; 300pgs.; soon, in english edition, too). She has been
awarded with several scholarships and prizes, including a 2003
Virtuoso Grant from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture to further
develop her latest project: a comparative study between contemporary
dance theater and the classical Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam
at the Rajyashree Ramesh Academy for Performing Arts, Berlin (...
see: dance theater & ÜBERGANG).
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