Giving Life to Movement

The Silvestre Dance Technique


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About the Book

The Silvestre dance technique was founded by Brazilian dance master Rosangela Silvestre as an extension of the spiritual dance traditions of enslaved Africans. Their culture quashed by Christian slavers; enslaved Africans continued to practice their traditions covertly. The Silvestre technique is a modern effort to connect the present with the past with a goal to heal. Developed to help persons in the African diaspora process their heritage through somatic expression, the method is rooted in traditional tribal dance practice.
In this book, author Tamara LaDonna Williams archives the Silvestre practice and highlights the importance of understanding self-capacity and capability. The applied theory of the dance technique is explored through a series of interviews, physical practice and training.

About the Author(s)

Tamara LaDonna Williams is an assistant professor of dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the founder and artistic director of Moving Spirits, Inc., a dance company.

Bibliographic Details

Tamara LaDonna Williams
Foreword by Lela Aisha Jones
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 286
Bibliographic Info: 50 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7432-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4137-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Lela Aisha Jones 1

Preface 5

Introduction 9

   I. African-Brazilian Culture in the 1970s and the History of Silvestre Technique 21

  II. Creating Possibilities: An Approach to Silvestre Technique 35

  III. Practicing the Technique 43

  IV. Conceptualizations of Silvestre Technique 65

   V. Definition of Silvestre Terms and Positions 87

  VI. Introductory Sequences for Silvestre Dance Technique Class 107

 VII. Methodology and Pedagogy 232

VIII. Self-Actualization 248

Afterword 257

Appendix 259

Bibliography 269

Index 273