We are a coming together of people who explore dance, create dance, appreciate dance & work to share dance.
In 2015, a couple of teachers from the Dance School of the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, washed ashore in the lovely town of Brewster Massachusetts. There they discovered a wonderful Barn, a wonderful local choreographer who owned the Barn (Naomi Turner), and a wonderful collection of local dancer-choreographers, associates of Naomi, who agreed to work together and make contemporary dance. Thus, the Movimento Project was conceived. From 2015-19, we annually produced evening-length concerts for Cape Cod venues, and offered series of classes and workshops to attract public, identify dancers, and share our work.
The pandemic gave a pause to this on-going process, but we are happy that, as of 2022, we are back at it, as artists and facilitators, continuing all of the above actions and looking to bring contemporary dance to the local scene.
...to be continued...
Leda Muhana is a Brazilian choreographer living in the northeastern United States since 2015. She has retired from 35 years of teaching at the Dance School of the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. She holds a Master degree in Dance Kinesiology (University of Utah) and a Doctor of Education in the Teaching of Choreography (Temple University). She has choreographed for professional dance groups since 1980. For 18 years she founded, directed and danced in the Tran Chan Dance Company, which performed throughout Brazil, in South and North America, and in Europe. Before leaving Brazil she directed the Contemporary Dance Company of the Federal University of Bahia, choreographing three dance concerts while there.
After arriving in the United States, she initiated the Movimento Project, synthesizing the choreographic languages of local dance artists in site-specific venues (2015-22). She has also since 2015 organized an annual Artistic Residence and Cultural Exchange at her emerging dance space, The Barn in Brewster, promoting dialogue and choreographic collaboration between American and Brazilian dance artists. Her interests include stimulating and facilitating new works by emerging artists, elaborating collaborative choreographic events, developing contemporary dance performances for public spaces, and promoting dance experiences that are inclusive and available for everyone interested.
David Iannitelli has practiced dance improvisation since entering the dance field, and for over 20 years taught at the Dance School of the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. A co-founder and technical director in the Movimento Project, his research follows many of the principles of Contact Improvisation, which he applies to movement research of the body and new body states, with material objects and in alternative spaces. His work as a carpenter and builder dovetails with his body/movement researches, bringing him to strive to conceive, construct and choreographically explore moving scenic objects. He hopes to further elaborate this work in dialogue with many dancing people of varying ages and diverse professional backgrounds.