Danse Libre

Isadora Duncan‘s rebellion against the strict codes of classical ballet, drove her to exploring new forms of expression in dance, that were more intuitive and integrated with the nature of the body. François Malkovsky proceeded then to build on her expression and developing a new form of dance – Free Dance or Danse Libre.

A rebeldia de Isadora Duncan contra os códigos rígidos do ballet clássico, levaram-na a explorar novas formas de expressão na dança, mais intuitivas e integradas com a natureza do corpo. François Malkovsky seguiu no seu trilho, e construindo sobre a sua expressão, desenvolveu uma nova forma de dança – Dança Livre ou Danse Libre.

Rocío is a teacher of Danse Libre in Casa do Brasil, in Lisboa. From this studio in Bairro Alto, she spreads the harmonious form of dance in weekly classes. She’s also in the final stages in the production of “Ecoute”, a documentary about her Danse Libre mentor – Annie Garby – who has turned the art form into a way of life. Watch the trailer here!

A Rocío é professora de Dança Livre na Casa do Brasil, em Lisboa. A partir deste estúdio no Bairro Alto, ela espalha a harmoniosa forma de dança através de aulas semanais. Está também na fase final da produção de um documentário chamado “Ecoute” sobre a sua mentora de Dança Livre – Annie Garby – que tornou a forma de arte numa forma de vida. Vejam o trailer aqui!

I was warmly welcomed into Rocío’s class to sketch, and asked me if I’d wanted to try and dance. I told her, instinctively, that I dance better with my brush on a paper floor. As I watched her students move, I realized the practice of Danse Libre has a lot to do with urban sketching, in that they’re both ways of very accessible expression, free of the constraints of a finished work, and where what really matters is the process and the experience of practicing it.

Fui recebido calorosamente na aula da Rocío para desenhar, e perguntou-me se eu gostaria de tentar a dança. Respondi-lhe, instintivamente, que danço melhor com um pincel sobre um chão de papel. Enquanto observava os movimentos dos alunos, percebia que a prática da Dança Livre tem muito a ver com urban sketching. São duas formas de expressão acessível, livre dos constrangimentos de uma obra acabada, e em que o que verdadeiramente importa é o processo e a experiência de a praticar.

 

Classical ballet

The awesome cooperation between Urban Sketchers Portugal and the Dance School of the Conservatory (EDCN) allows for sketchers to attend some of the classes and doodle the classical ballet and contemporary dance students in action.

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Taking advantage of this very intimate hours of these youngsters feels very weird at first – like an invasion of a private moment and space. But soon after the concentration levels are high, everyone just minds their own business and focus on what they love best – the students, the sketchers, the dance teacher, even the pianist who’s setting the tune for the whole act.

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It’s an extraordinary weekly opportunity for sketchers to grasp the shape and movement of bodies in their finest moment. Although it is very challenging at first, the exercise pays off in the end. It’s also an excellent visual memory stimulant, to save in the mind’s eye a single pose, or a single movement in the myriad of elegant steps and twirls these students undertake for the three hours of the duration of the class.