Portuguese dance teacher Pedro joins Mark to discuss nature, Chinese culture, chi kung, dancing in Arrabiba, retreat centres, nomadic community, urban reality, Holy Spirit, joy and pain, and lots on Portugal as a special place. A wonderful rich flow.
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I have grown up in China and have danced since I was a kid. At 14 years old I choreographed my first “full evening” performance for 30 dancers – it was called “Dancing the Dream”. Graduated by the National Conservatory of Portugal, where I gained my classical technique background, I danced in companies before deciding to found my own – I thought “Everyone else is doing it, so why can’t I?”. As Artistic Director of Amalgama Dance Company for 7 years, I started to introduce the somatic approach in my creative processes. Being a researcher of Movement and Contact Improvisation, I kept on directing projects, retreats and gatherings (including Arrábida Dance Labs) adding today more than twenty years of professional experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Focused on the theme “Self Awareness for the Cohesion of the Collective Energy Field”, I believe that dance is a liberating tool for embodied interactions.