Cristina Fernandes Rosa

Crossing Borders 2019 | 05 November 2019 | 7-8:30pm

How do we meet the other? Grasping alterity as creative states through movements of sustainability
Cristina Fernandes Rosa and Suzi Weber

In this participatory lecture we will explore the concept of alterity as creative states, taking into consideration the interaction of North-South epistemologies. We will facilitate a session that combines distinct modes of interaction – e.g. moving, talking, drawing – with which to queer exclusionary binaries, ingrained in the way we think and act in Western culture and society.
We will begin with a movement exercise led by Suzi, which combines moving and thinking; talking and dancing together. Next, Rosa will introduce participants to the Bakongo Cosmogram (Dikenga), a spacio-temporal vessel from Central Africa with which to (dis)organise ideas in/about bodily motion. This somatic process seeks to disrupt pre-sets of how moving bodies should related to themselves, other bodies, and the environment in which they move. The session will close with an open discussion interweaving the two provocations.


Cristina Fernandes Rosa is an artist-scholar and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton’s Department of Dance. Her scholarship is interested in the relationships between embodiment, cognition, and knowledge production in the global context. In her book Brazilian Bodies and Their Choreographies of Identification (2015) Cristina examines how aesthetic principles cultivated across the black Atlantic contributed to the construction of Brazil as an imagined community. Combining theory and practice, her current project, Movements of Sustainability, investigates projects that intertwine the concept of sustainability with aesthetic and philosophical knowledges cultivated in non-Western movement practices (i.e. capoeira, yoga, butoh, meditation, etc). In this project, the concept of sustainability derives from as a series of onion-shaped relations, namely: the care of self; the care of others; the care of environments; and the care of knowledges and ways of knowing.