Led by Sonia Destri Lie and Companhia Urbana de Dança
Sonia Destri Lie is the artistic director and choreographer of Companhia Urbana de Dança. Having received degrees in both Psychology and Ballet, Destri has a unique perspective on human expression and human form. After completing her studies, she travelled throughout Brazil and Europe, working in dance, theatre, film, and musicals. It was then that she discovered hip-hop and b-boy dance. She defined her unique and refreshing interpretation of these styles by infusing them with the rich cultural influences of Brazil and the favelas from within. Her works creatively embrace elements of hip-hop, b-boy, and contemporary dance, as well as Brazilian social dances. Destri’s choreography has been cited for making a significant contribution to the field of dance. She has created an entirely new genre that results in greater appreciation for existing dance styles and the significance of sociocultural influences. Reviews of her performances from both the media and her contemporaries have been nothing short of spectacular. She has received the Best Script Award from the Ford Foundation, the Staging Award from the State of Rio de Janeiro in 2011 for the show Eu Danço, the FADA Award from the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro (2012 and 2013), and the Best Choreography Award by Conseil International de la Danse (CID_Unesco).
Virtuosic dancers from Rio de Janeiro fuse hip-hop, samba, capoeira, and contemporary dance in the boldly imaginative choreography of Sonia Destri Lie’s Companhia Urbana de Dança. This eclectic fusion will be a dance experience that is not to be missed. The workshop will use balance, perception of space, displacement, body awareness, and contemporary dance techniques to explore the ways in which urban dance embodies freedom. Students can expect challenging endurance exercises and strength conditioning, as well as opportunities to work in groups to create choreographic sequences.
Photo by Renato Mangolin