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The creation of this method and its inherent pedagogy, stems from the path of its creator Eva Azevedo, as a dancer, choreographer, trainer and researcher in West Coast Dances of Africa, namely Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, Benin and Senegal, as well as in the Specialization in Pilates Method.

Its main objective is to teach the specific technique that characterizes the movements of those dances, adapting it to bodies with different postural, social and cultural experiences, leading them in an individual discovery, having as references the 5 natural elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) and the 5 expressive and creative rhythms translated by dancer and writer Gabrielle Roth.

This work represents the realization of a vision and translation of the emerging qualities of dance, resulting from the coexistence between tradition and contemporaneity, establishing other movements in the creative processes, through the approach of new connections between the being and the world, art and culture. culture.

“Farisogo Sira” received support from the GDA, Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation during the course of research/creation and its circulation in Burkina Faso, Benin and Brazil.


This work is entitled - a contemporary vision and "translation" of the African Dance. Meaning, considerations and movements that are based on studies, meetings and training on dances from countries of the West African coast, such as Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea Conakry, Senegal, performed under a specific optics and social place.

Eva, with her experience as a trainer since 2003, realised that, in addition to making known the "traditions" of Africa, it is more important, in her European context of origin, to teach and to specify the technique of the movements that characterise the African Dance. Carry within themselves the culture, religiosity and customs of the peoples of Africa that must be valued worldwide. 

The purpose of these meetings is, among others, to awaken in the participants the sensations that the African dances, with their specific and precise movements, are capable of causing in the bodies and minds from the stimulation of the sounds produced by percussive and melodic instruments, commanded by the researcher and Portuguese artist Paulo das Cavernas.

The African Dance translation manifests itself in the representation, as natural as possible of the movements. They carry within themselves the culture, religiosity and customs of the African peoples. It incorporates, on a personal and professional level, the wealth that this culture transmits, in its acceptance and inclusion.


The "Pilates method" is the stretching and combination of physical exercises that use the body's own weight to strengthen the pelvic muscles and those that surround and support the posture of the center (trunk).

The main purpose of Pilates classes for the students is to improve awareness of body movements and correct postures, giving the mind active and vigilant participation in performing them.

Based on the "Pilates Method" and the experience and training in Contemporary Dance and Pilates Matwork - ALM, Pilates Institut, Eva seeks to release accumulated tensions in bodies, unlock incorrect postures (resulting from sedentary lives), restore physical vitality, achieve balance muscular strength (reinforcing weaker muscles and lengthening contracted muscles), achieving symmetry and body harmony as well as developing all physical abilities and qualities (strength, elasticity, flexibility, balance and coordination) while respecting the joints and back.

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