Prof. Rita Aozane Bilibio

Professor of Contemporary Dance

PLACE OF BIRTH

Born in Ijui, RS, Brazil

EDUCATION

  • Dance studies “Ballet and Contemporary Dance” under Jussara Miranda, Brazil
  • Dance studies “Contemporary Dance” at the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen
  • Scholarship holder of the Art Foundation NRW as outstanding artist in the area of dance. Earned an advanced training grant under Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez (Brussels), William Forsythe (Frankfurt) and Cena11 (Brazil)
  • MA Dance Culture V.I.E.W. German Sport University Cologne 

CAREER

  • Muovere Cia de Dança (Brazil)
  • Guest dancer - Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin
  • Guest dancer - Pina Bausch ("Tannhäuser-Bacchanals")
  • Guest dancer - Project “Human Writes” by William Forsythe
  • Projects with various free-lance choreographers, among others, Rodolpho Leoni, Ben J. Riepe, Samir Akika
  • My own choreographic projects in cooperation with Damian Gmür

TEACHING EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Lecturer and guest lecturer for contemporary dance in Germany and abroad including Tanzhaus nrw, Taipeh National University of Arts, Master studies of dance culture, V.I.E.W. German Sport University Cologne, and Dance Frankfurt
  • Lecturer on creative dance for children and modern/contemporary dance for adolescents
  • Professor of Modern and Contemporary Dance at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

ABOUT MY WORK

My method of instruction is based on my multi-faceted professional dance experience, my broad education at various schools and universities within the scope of modern and contemporary dance (Limon and Jooss-Leeder technique, floor work, ballet and somatic techniques), and my advanced dance education as a professional. My aim is not just to convey to the students a specific dance technique, but rather through the combination of different techniques, to teach them to find access to their bodies as an instrument. The variety of technical and dance-related challenges based on modern principles of movement should prepare students for a future career in professional dance and should help them better recognise and foster their individual talents.

In my lessons, I therefore focus on different, opposing qualities of movement (fragile-powerful/fluid-explosive), mastering the different spatial planes in relation to the various techniques, as well as elastic and free movement of the joints in combination with the natural breath to expand the body's suppleness.