Dancer | Maker | Researcher | Teacher

I consider myself an independent dance artist, and am deeply interested in the dynamics involved when Cognition and Dance, or Science and Art become deliberate.
In my search, I am looking to find alternative creative solutions and seek collaborative, interdisciplinary and multimodal processes, to share interactive modes of learning, understanding and application within dance(ing), dance making, knowledge transmission and movement related artistic projects.




Biography

Sylvia Rijmer is an interdisciplinary dance artist, choreographer & researcher, working at the intersection of dance and science. Though she is formally trained, and has danced professionally for over two decades in various dance ensembles and repertoire companies, her current creative research work takes an experimental approach, striving for collaborative creations which bridge the gap between the arts and sciences to encounter alternative possibilities for experiencing dance as an evolving art form.

Sylvia studied dance at Het Nationale Ballet/Theaterschool, Elmhurst Ballet School, and Ballet Sumber Cipta, and holds a B.F.A from The Juilliard School, and an M.A and a Specialist Title in Dance from the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon.

Professionally she danced at Ballet Gulbenkian, Tokárt, Stageworks Rui Horta, Ana Roethlisberger Co., Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theatre, Bern Ballet, Cie. DRIFT and Stadttheater Giessen. As a ballet master she worked with Olga Roriz setting the ballets for the Olga Roriz Dance Company, The Portuguese National Ballet Company, and Balé Teatro Guaíra in Brazil. As a dance teacher, she is on the dance


faculty of the Superior School of Dance, based in Lisbon, Portugal. As a choreographer, she has created various works since 1996 , showcasing them in NYC, Switzerland and Portugal.

As a choreographer and researcher, she is currently collaborating with the BlackBox Team of interdisciplinary and multimodal scientists based at the FCSH - Nova University in Lisbon (2018/9), and the Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience (2019/20), where she develops her interests in Dance and Cognition, and Dance and Technology.
Recently, she participated in the DDCMC19 Dance Data, Cognition, and Multimodal Communication Conference in Lisbon, where she presented her choreographic methodology within an artistic practice. Upon invitation by Emily Cross, she then presented her dance research at the University of Glasgow /SoBA Lab - Social Robotics Department.

Sylvia is currently looking forward to present her dance research work at the Técnico University/LaSeeb Lab - Institute for Systems and Robotics in Lisbon in December, 2019.

curriculum vitae

DANCE EDUCATION

SPECIALIST TITLE IN DANCE (honors)
IPL - Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal | 2019

MASTERS IN DANCE TEACHING (honors)
Escola Superior de Dança
Lisbon, Portugal | 2017

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE
The Juilliard School
New York City, USA | 1992 - 1996

GCSE - GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
Elmhurst Ballet School
Surrey, the UK | 1990 - 1992

NATIONALE BALLET ACADEMIE
Theaterschool
Amsterdam, Holland | 1988 - 1989

SUMBER CIPTA BALLET SCHOOL
Jakarta, Indonesia | 1980 - 1987

CERTIFICATES, AWARDS & PRIZES

SCHOLARSHIP OF MERIT / IPL
Politechnic Institute of Lisbon (IPL)
Lisbonl, PT | 2019

BFA DANCE
Juilliard School, Dance Division
New York City, USA | 1996

INTERNATIONAL BACCALEAUREATE
CERTUFUCATES / GERMAN AND MATH
International School of Kenya
Nariobi, Kenya | 1992

GCSE / GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
Southern Examining Board / The Oxford School Examining Board
Elmhurst Ballet School
Surrey, UK | 1990-1992

INTERMEDIATE EXECUTANT CERTIFICATES / HIGHLY COMMENDED
Royal Academy of Dancing
London, UK | 1991

ELEMENTARY EXECUTANT CERTIFICATES / COMMENDED
Royal Academy of Dancing
London, UK | 1990

CONCOURS INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ-DANCE / 4TH PRIZE
Jury: Matt Mattox, Ray Tadio, Alan Onickel, Marla Bingham, Cilette Faust Perpignan, France | 1989

MODERN DANCE THEATRE / PASS
Modern Theatre Dance - Tap Dancing Preparatory Syllabus,
Pass Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
London, UK | 1990

PRIMER & SEGUNDO AÑO / HONOURS
Sociedad de Baile Español
London, UK | 1990 - 1989

INGRESSO/HONOURS
Sociedad de Baile Español
London, UK | 1994

PHILLIP MORRIS PRIZE
Esplanada
Choreography: Paul Taylor
International Theatre School Festival
Amsterdam, Holland | 1994

PROFESSIONAL DANCE EXPERIENCE

2014 | Stageworks Rui Horta | Portugal
2011 | Kompanie Anna Röthlisberger Co. | Switzerland
2008 | Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theatre | Switzerland
2005 -2015 | Companhia Olga Roriz | Portugal
2003 - 2005 | Ballet Gulbenkian | Portugal
2000 - 2003 | Stadttheater Bern Ballet | Switzerland
1999 | Operahouse Zuerich | Switzerland
1999 | Dance Company Molteni | Switzerland
1999 | Company Pool | Switzerland
1999 | Stadttheater St. Gallen | Switzerland
1997 -1999 | Cie. Drift | Switzerland
1998 | Stadttheater Giessen | Germany
1994 | Juilliard Dance Ensemble | Usa

CHOREOGRAPHIC CREATIONS

NRW TANZHAUS
A Dance and Technology Choreographic project created in collaboration with the Moving Digits Project
2019 October | Germany

MARIA MATOS REHEARSAL STUDIO & CAB DANCE STUDIO
A Two-Part Research Investigation with the Scientific Team of The Blackbox at the Nova University In
Thematic Reseach: Body Logic: Cognition And Dance Within A Choreographic Creation
Negotiating Choice In Body Logics
2018 April &September | Lisbon ,Portugal

NEGOTIATING CHOICE IN BODY LOGICS / A CHOREOGRAPHIC STUDY
Maria Matos Theatre Rehearsal Studio & CAB Dance Studio
A Two-Part Research Investigation with the Scientific Team of The Blackbox Project
2018 | Portugal

AN INVITATION TO PAUSE
Escola Superior de Dança (IPL)
2017 | Portugal

ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE DANÇA
An Invitation to pause : A group creation for the students
2017 December | Portugal

11 WAYS TO WALK
FOR ALMIRA : A SOLO CREATION FOR ROMAN VASSILYEV
Professional Ballet School of Porto
2012 | Portugal

ANATOMIZATION
Centro Cultural de Belém | Black Box
2012 | Portugal

PROFESSIONAL BALLET SCHOOL OF PORTO
11 Ways to Walk : A Group Creation for Tthe student
For Almira : a solo creation for Roman Vassilyev
2012 July | Portugal

CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM | BLACK BOX
Anatomization / A Solo for Marco
2012 November | Portugal

EVERY.BODY.HUNTS
Centro Cultural de Belém | Black Box
2011 | Portugal

CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM | BLACK BOX
Every.body.hunts / Group Work
2011 May | Portugal

MATADERO MADRID: CENTRO DE CREACIÓN CONTEMPORÁNEA
Comunicación Interpretación Automática / Group Collaboration
2010 | Spain

COMUNICACIÓN INTERPRETACIÓN AUTOMÁTICA
Matadero Madrid - Centro de Creación Contemporánea
2010 | Spain

HUNTING / A SOLO CREATION UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF IVO DIMCHEV
Impuls Tanz Wien
2010 | Austria

IMPULS TANZ WIEN
Hunting / A Solo creation under rhe guidance of Ivo Dimchev
2010 August | Austria

BODY MEMORY
Centro Cultural de Belém | Black Box
2009 | Portugal

CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM | BLACK BOX
Body Memory / A Solo
2009 June | Portugal

30 MORE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME
Teatro Aveirense
2006 | Portugal

TEATRO AVEIRENSE | DANÇA FORA DE HORAS
30 More Minutes Of Your Time / A Solo
2006 March | Portugal

LAS PALOMAS
Escola Superior De Dança (IPL)
2003 | Portugal

ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE DANÇA
Las Palomas / A Group
2003 February | Portugal

A BUTCHER’S TALE
Stadttheater Bern Ballet
2002 | Switzerland

STADTTHEATER BERN BALLET
A Butcher’s Tale / A Group
2002 June | Switzerland

A LITTLE GAME
Stadttheater Bern Ballet
2001 | Switzerland

STADTTHEATER BERN BALLET
A Little Game / A Duett
2001 June | Switzerland

RENDEZ VOUS
The Juilliard School
1996 | USA

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL
Rendez Vous / A Group
1996 April | Usa


DANCE RESEARCH

DANCE & TECH RESEARCH: MOVING DIGITS - AUGMENTED DANCE FOR ENGAGED AUDIENCE
As invited dancer/choreographer for the Moving Digits Team
Project no. 597398-CREA-1-2018-1-PT-CULT-COOP1, co-funded by Creative Europe – Culture Sub-programme, 2018 – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union.


DANCE & COGNITION RESEARCH
Blackbox Guest - Artist & Choreographer
As invited choreographer/researcher for the BlackBox Team
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
Universidade Nova, Portugal
2018 - 2019

Web PLATFORM

TKB - TRANSMEDIA KNOWLEDGE-BASE FOR PERFORMING ARTS
Anatomization (2012) as part of a research model for choreographic
creative tools within the TKB platform.
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
Universidade Nova, Portugal
2017

Interviews

MUDA MAGAZINE
Interviewer: Bruno Gaiola
2015 July

TAP UP MAGAZINE / NOVEMBER ISSUE
Interviewer: Maria João Veloso
2013

LE COOL LISBOA
Interviewer: Pedro Ventura
2001 July

BALLET TANZ AKTUELL / YEARBOOK
Outstanding Young Dancer Nominee
Dance Critic: Lilo Weber / Neue Zuercher Zeitung
2001

LA DANSE SUISSE - TANZ / DECEMBER - JANUARY ISSUE
Interviewer: Christina Thurner
1999-2000

DANCE TEACHING

2018 - 2019 | Estúdios vitor cordon | Portugal
2017 - 2020 | Escola Superior de Dança | Portugal
2017 |Companhia Nacional de Bailado | Portugal
2016 - 2017 | Escola Superior de Dança | Portugal
2015 - 2016 | Escola Artística do Conservatório de Coimbra | Portugal
2013 - 2015 | F.O.R Dance Theatre, Formação Olga Roriz | Portugal
2009 - 2015 | Companhia Olga Roriz | Portugal
2015 | Dança de Aveiro | Portugal
2014 | Academia de Dança e Artes Performativas S.A.R | Portugal
2014 | Stageworks Rui Horta | Portugal
2013 | Professional Ballet School of Porto | Portugal
2012 | Balé Teatro Guaíra | Brazil
2010 - 2011 | Quorom Ballet & Quorum Academy | Portugal
2011 | Forúm dança | Portugal
2011 | Professional Ballet School of Porto | Portugal
2009 | Companhia Olga Roriz / Portugal
2011 | Matsumoto City Performing Arts Center /Japan
2010 | Jazzy Dance Studios / Portugal
1999 November | Density 96 | Germany

REHEARSAL ASSISTANT

COMPANHIA OLGA RORIZ
Terra
Choreography: Olga Roriz
Original creation for Companhia Olga Roriz
2014 | Portugal

COMPANHIA NACIONAL DE BAILADO
Orfeu e Euridíce
Choreography: Olga Roriz
Original creation for Companhia Nacional de Bailado
2014 | Portugal

BALÉ TEATRO GUAÍRA
A Sagração da Primavera
Choreography: Olga Roriz
2012 | Brazil

COMPANHIA NACIONAL DE BAILADO
A Sagração da Primavera
Choreography: Olga Roriz
2011-2012 | Portugal

COMPANHIA OLGA RORIZ
A Sagração da Primavera
Choreography: Olga Roriz
Original creation for Companhia Olga Roriz
2010 | Portugal

FEEDBACK KOLECTIV
Feedback #2: A multi-media evening of works in progress
Founders: Miguel Lucas Mendes, Paulo Reis and Sylvia Rijmer
2011 | Portugal

FEEDBACK KOLECTIV
Feedback #1: A multi-media evening of works in progress
Founders: Miguel Lucas Mendes, Paulo Reis and Sylvia Rijmer
2010 | Portugal



Choreography

Glitched

A dance & technology dance piece inspired by the digital Glitch. Motion data captured using Motion Capture, Captury and the XSens Body Suit.
Concept & Choreography: Sylvia Rijmer

Created in technical and artistic collaboration with Moving Digits Collaborative Dance Artists: Teresa Alves da Silva & Maria Pyatkova
Original Music: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Premiere: NRW Tanzhaus, DE (2019)


Anatomization

All visible, bio-mechanical motion begins somewhere within the body. This performance wishes to show the visual dissection of bio-mechanical motion, highlighting the birth of a relatively simple movement - like a bend in the wrist, to a complex execution of a dance phrase - as a choreography.

Choreographic Concept: Sylvia Rijmer
Dancer & collaborator: Marco da Silva Ferreira
Concept & original music: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Light Design: Nuno Salsinha / Tela Negra, Lda
Light Operator: Margarida Moreira
Photography & Morphing Film: Hugo Alves
Production: Tânia Guerreiro / Produções Independentes
Premiere: Centro Cultural de Belém, PT (2012)


Pop Up

A gathering of three contemporary dancers and four classical musicians, desiring to choreographically and musically play without the pressure of creating a piece.

Choreography: Sylvia Rijmer
Dancers & Artistic Collaborators: Inês Pedrucco, André Campos & Bruno Alves Musicians: Tera Shimizu (violin), Maria José Laginha (violin), Augusta(viola), Martin Henneken (cello)
Creative Advisor: Paulo Reis
Teaser Film & Editing: Luís Marrafa
Creative Residency: CAL - Centro de Artes de Lisboa, PT (2018)


Hunting

Do we create a world in our own image or does the world create and impose and image onto you?
A dance solo highlighting the hardships which undergo an act of change. How does one go about change? What may trigger the need or desire to change? What might be the result of that change? Is it worth to change?

Concept & Interpretation: Sylvia Rijmer
Created under the guidance of Ivo Dimchev & performed at ImpulsTanz, AUT (2010)


Every.Body.Hunts

A dance piece based on hidden inner states of battle.

Concept: Sylvia Rijmer
In collaboration with dancers: Teresa Alves da Silva, André Mesquita, Sylvia Rijmer
Live music & Original Composition: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Light Design: Nuno Salsinha, Tela Negra.
Texts: Ray Bradbury, Sylvia Rijmer
Dramaturgical Support: Paulo Reis
Photography: Guzmán Rosado
Video Editing: Guzmán Rosado
Co-Productiont: Company Olga Roriz, Tok'art, Teatro Extremo, Pro Dança Premiere: Centro Cultural de Cartaxo, PT (2011)


Body Memory 2009

A danced piece, based on personal reflections upon the paradoxes of entertainment and performance within an ageing, and per definition, altering body.

Concept/Voice/Performer/Choreographer: Sylvia Rijmer
Live musical performance by composer: Silas Bieri
Text: Adré Lepecki & Sylvia Rijmer
Video Editing: Akira Lucas
Costumes: Maria Ribeiro & Sylvia Rijmer
Photography: Kai Perini
Film: João Salaviza
Co-Production & Premiere: Centro Cultural de Belém, PT (2009)




Research

Blackbox

My research with the team of interdisciplinary and multimodal scientists of the BlackBox Arts & Cognition team based at Universidade Nova, FSCH- UNL in Lisbon, wishes to focus on the dancers as co-negotiators of an artistic and choreographic dance process, which encourages deliberate choice making in the generation of personalised movements according to their own “Body Logic”. The motivation for the Body Logic Method (BLM), which engages choreographers and dancers as co-creative agents in the making of such a dance, is inspired by the need to reevaluate learned movement habits commonly found in contemporary studio work. My (research) method allows dancers to actively and deliberately participate within an artistic practice using an approach to movement research which is cognitively grounded in focused attention. Using improvisation as a neutralising platform which highlights (self-)exploration and personal responsibility, the BLM is designed to encourage subjective creativity in the generation of new and alternative artistic movement patterns.
I have asked for three contemporary dancers to join me in this research, to help me find meaning and method within my artistic practice.

Through the BlackBox platform I had technical access to Virtual Reality, Motion Capture (Kinect) and Stereoscopic Imaging for my, and BlackBox’s research purposes.
The results of which are on the various pages in the BlackBox Website, and in the videos embedded within the BlackBox site and mine.

This collaborative Arts & Science research project took multiple forms from 2017 - 2019.

I hope to bring to light the often hidden process of studio dance making and the idiosyncratic manner in which each (choreographer & dancer) make their choices. This is the frame from which the final performance is built. Being able to experiment within a trans-disciplinary and multi-modal process (cognition, dance & technology) with the BlackBox Team in Lisbon, I could start a practical and theoretical studio conversation which in essence questions habits and personal preference.


Body Logic in Virtual Reality / A VR Dance Study

The BlackBox Arts & Cognition project, based in Lisbon, Portugal, invited dance choreographer Sylvia Rijmer as its third case research study.
This collaboration brings together Rijmer's drive to formalise her compositional and choreographic method and BlackBox's scientific efforts to frame, analyse, and make tangible and artistic process, with the aim of identifying and displaying patterns which influence the decision-making process underlying the creation of a dance piece.
From September to October 2018, the BlackBox team invited Sylvia Rijmer and three professional dancers to work together in order to "illustrate" some concepts and elements of her Body Logic Method.

Research Concept & Methodology / Choreography: Sylvia Rijmer
Researched and constructed in collaboration with the BlackBox Arts & Cognition Project, Nova University, FCSH-UNL
Collaborative Interpretation: Teresa Alves da Silva, Allan Falieri & Elson Ferreira
Original Music: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Lisbon, 2018


Choice Negotiation in Dance Making / Finding Body Logic through Transdisciplinary
& Multimodal Practices

I hope to bring to light the often hidden process of studio dance making and the idiosyncratic manner in which each (choreographer & dancer) make their choices. This as the frame from which the final performance is built. Being able to experiment within a trans-disciplinary and multi-modal process (cognition, dance & technology) with the BlackBox Team in Lisbon, I could start a practical and theoretical studio conversation which in essence questions habits and personal preference.


Body Logic I - Short Choreographic Excerpts

These movements were generated using the Body Logic Methodology to stimulate cognitive induced choice negotiation within the making of a dance.

Artistic Concept & Research Methodology: Sylvia Rijmer
Artistic Collaboration & Interpretation:
Teresa Alves da Silva, Elson Ferreira & Allan Falieri
Original Music: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Constructed within the scientific collaboration with The BlackBox Team - Arts & Cognition ((FCSH - UNL), Lisbon
Danced at Estúdio CAB, Lisbon
2018


Moving Digits

I am a research participant as a choreographer in the Moving.
Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience Project which aims to enhance audience understanding and engagement in contemporary dance performances, and to allow to experience dance in an augmented way (even after the performance). The project also aims to empower dancers, choreographers and technicians with further tools for expression, archival and analysis. The project is a partnership between Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI, Portugal – Lead Partner), Hochschule Düsseldorf (HSD, Germany) and Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL, Estonia). Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT, Portugal), Plux (Portugal), Tanzhaus NRW (Germany) and University of Greenwich (UK) are associated partners. The project has a duration of 2 years, starting 1st October 2018.

My personal research in this project:

(Im)possible Bodies: The Beautiful Glitch

In this particular research project, I have been interested in the image of the human body in contemporary dance performance. Considering Oskar Schlemmer’s conception of the KunstFigur, as an idyllic figure freed from the bondage of biological and biomechanical limitations, in tension with the current discourse of the Post-Dance body, digital technology and dance become relevant explorative platforms with which to re-consider normative expectations.In this work, I seek alternative artistic propositions of the image of the human body, and its kinetic capacity, which can feed and highlight different readings of the human form otherwise unseen or hidden from the conventional eye. Uncovering a selection of alternative performative visualisations of the human body triggered by the accidental digital glitch which was discovered in collaboration with the Moving Digits Team and the dancers, I ask that you, as a critical spectator, and I, as dance maker, re-consider the digitally filtered, and de-subjectified (or simply altered) Body form, as beautiful glimpses into the less familiar. By learning how to purposefully “hack” the motion capture system, so as to force the glitch by manipulating the biological input (choreographic movement patterns) and non-biological affectations (lights, clothes, colors) as hacking methods, I encountered (im)possible variations of the possible, enabled through the digital filter. Hence the Digi-logic of the system. Seeing these glitches as a positive and creative input for performance and the generation of alternative movement patterns, I have been able to reconsider the strange, awkward and uncomfortable as something aesthetically enticing, theoretically interesting, and viscerally inviting. This performative experiment, is a Digimorphed hybrid, borne of a biological nature (human dancers), whereby all of the output images are translated, adulterated and glitched through the digital system of motion capture, and some technological effect-filters. I call this performance an experiential demonstration interlinking the bio-logical Body, and its Body-Logic input of the human dancer/persons, into a digital realm. By providing a variation of three perspectives: the Latent Steps video Installation, the interdisciplinary performance demonstration, and a digitally choreographed dance film, I essentially seek to enhance and ultimately celebrate the strange, and biologically impossible Body solutions that the collaborative dialogue between technology and human intervention has proposed. The Glitch is beautiful.

Glitched

A dance & technology dance piece inspired by the digital Glitch.
Motion data captured using Motion Capture, Captury and the XSens Body Suit.

Concept & Choreography: Sylvia Rijmer
Collaborative Dance Artists: Teresa Alves da Silva & Maria Pyatkova Original Music: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Performed at: NRW Tanzhaus 2019
Created in technical and artistic collaboration with Moving Digits



Technology
& Dance Visualisation

Exploring the Digital Glitch

Considering Oskar Schlemmer’s conception of the KunstFigur, as an idyllic figure freed from the bondage of biological and bio-mechanical limitations, in tension with the current discourse of the digital Body where technology and dance are relevant explorative platforms with which to re-consider normative expectations, I seek alternative artistic propositions which can feed and highlight different readings of the human form otherwise unseen or hidden from the conventional eye.
Uncovering a selection of alternative performative visualisations of the human body triggered by the accidental digital glitch which was discovered in collaboration with the Moving Digits Team and the dancers, I re-consider the digitally filtered, and de-subjectified (or simply altered) Body form, as beautiful glimpses into the less familiar. Seeing these glitches as a positive and creative data for performance and the generation of alternative movement patterns, I have been able to reconsider the strange, awkward and uncomfortable as something aesthetically enticing, theoretically interesting, and viscerally inviting.

Movement Data captured using Motion Capture
& in artistic and technical collaboration with the Moving Digits Team
Dance Data edited and re-choreographed by Sylvia Rijmer
Original Soundscape by Miguel Lucas Mendes
Tallin, 2019


Skeletal Glitch (Excerpt) :

a choreographic film study I


A Beautiful Glitch


A Beautiful Glitch (Excerpt):
a choreographic film study II


Morphing - A Video Installation

A filmed demonstration of human ways of walking - our most functional, stylistic and idiosyncratic dance.

For this film, the walkers were asked to walk on a treadmill. Each person adapted relatively easily to the task, and were able to reconstruct a “natural” flow to their walk, whilst being observed/filmed. Reminiscent of the critical observations of the Judson Church dance movement of the 1960s, with special mention to the teachings of Steve Paxton, indeed what becomes beautiful to note are the incredibly unique ways in which each person dances their way through life.- Sylvia Rijmer (Choreographer)

This piece has the aims to depict and compare different walking patterns between humans. I wanted to place the walkers inside a void or a container-like atmosphere, as if their lives where being held in suspense in an old natural history museum. It establishes a dialogue with the show itself which is also about the human body. In the original installation the image was split into three different screens, one for each side of the body. - Hugo Alves (Video Art)

The challenge of building the soundscape for Morphing was to transform the intrinsic characteristics of a person walking, and to join it with a computational and electronic mood. The presence of machines is more and more a constant in our everyday lives. The robotic and monotonous voiceover in Morphing simulates a human voice, as if the machines are the ones who now tell us who and how we are. - Miguel Lucas Mendes (Musical Composer)

Creative research | Concept: Sylvia Rijmer
Video Art | Video concept: Hugo Alves Music
Concept & Musical Composition : Miguel Lucas Mendes



Teaching

Dancers' movements are based on choices and learned habits - in the form of poses, forms, patterns -, which have been accumulated along each unique dance journey. From pre-professional dance training, to professional dancing, each unique dancer/person has had to build a performative body and identity reflective of their learning contexts and personal preference. Sustaining these personalised movement choices and habits have become challenging, especially within a constantly evolving art-form with growing demands, we know today as contemporary dance.

Within this dynamic contemporary dance landscape, these choices and habits can inhibit alternative movement potentials highly necessary within an environment which demands of its dancers to be dynamic co-creative participants.

As a dance teacher, Sylvia currently highlights contemporary dance concepts as practical tools to re-think learned movement habits and patterns. The aim is for the dance student to become aware of alternative movement possibilities using organised dance sequences as practical structures for personal movement research.

As a method towards active deliberation within one’s dancing, her SCANNING Method directs the cognitive attention inward (inward towards the self) by inducing the bio-mechanicity (function) of the body to generate movement which is both efficient and choreographically stylistic (form). The redirection of the attention through (cognitive-physical) reorientation allows new movements (gestures, forms, patterns) to emerge for self-awareness and compositional purposes.

Sylvia's dance classes promote self-awareness strategies within a shared and collaborative learning environment, encouraging each dancer to creatively rediscover and re-engage in unique body-solutions which are organically organised and ultimately, pleasurable to dance.






Feedback Kolectiv


The Feedback project was born to fill a cultural gap which lay below the hierarchically dominant theatres/galleries and stages, by providing a performative platform, whereby any person/artist with or without much performance experience could exhibit their works in progress and process. Our artistic and political aim was to remove elitist cultural stigma from an ever demanding audience, and bring back to life those who are creating without the political pressures for survival within the closely guarded theatre and production circles. Our aim was to bring back to life raw and crude ideas, coming from a persons creative heart, and uncensored by socio-cultural sales. Our only dogma was to ensure that the person lived a creative passion which they wanted and needed to share.
Both Feedback Projects consisted of Lisbon based artists from varying media: live musical performance/photography/poetry readings/dance/theatre/sound & video installations/dance & theatre on film and the visual arts.


Thank you to the artists who participated and generously shared their works in both Feedback’s!
Ismael Roots and Natty Fred | Dub Poets, André Louro and Eduardo Jordão| Louro& Lima, Carlos Mendes, Sofia Pimentão, Maria Ribeiro, Olga Roriz, Ana Borralho & João Galante, Blasted Mechanism/Valdjiu, Paulina Santos, Ricardo Ferreira and Ana Filipa Fernandes | Comichão Filmes, Rafaela Salvador, João Raposo, Laura Moura, Miguel Mendes, Fernando Fádigas, João Mendes, Marco Ferreira, Chanelle Moore, Sandra Ferreira, Catarina Sequeira,Tiago Jonatás| Surya Duo -featuring Nuno Mar, Sofia Pimentão, Maria Ribeiro,Nuno Viana, ILLEGALCREATIONS2, André Santos and Marco Leao, João Salaviza, Hugo Alves and Joana Villaverde.

Artistic Directors: Sylvia Rijmer / Miguel Lucas Mendes / Paulo Reis
Feedback Film & Editing: Guzmán Rosado
Performance Space kindly granted by Olga Roriz, in her ex-dance studios in Rua da Prata, Lisbon, Portugal

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