I was born in Lisbon; my family ancestors are routed both in Portugal and Angola. I live in Germany since 1994, I am married and have a son and a daughter. Currently I live in Munich.
I am a choreographer, dancer, dance teacher, Dance Movement Therapist (MA), Relaxation Therapist (Autogenes Training und Progressive Muscle Relaxation) and I own the Basistraining in Moving Cycle, a Body-Centered Psychotherapie. With experience in Somatic Movement and Developmental Movement Therapy, I have initiated BaBoMiDa, the new branch of Dynamic Embodyment©. Currently, I am pursuing my further professional studies of Healing Psychology (Heilpraktiker) at the HPA – Heilpraktiker Akademie Deutschland and the Advanced Dynamic Embodiment-Somatic Movement Training (DE-SMTT)
I have done my internships at the New York-Presbysterian & The Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry in New York; at the Clinic for Child and Youth Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf; and at the IBL-Institute for Movement and Learning Development.
I received further professional training on ‚The Kestenberg Movement Profile in clinical practices’ with Dr. Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele. Workshops and lectures with the neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Lawrence W. Barselou during the 17th Herbstakademie, ‘The implications of embodiment: enactive, clinical, social’, Germany 2012; with Suzi Tortorra, ‘Dancing Dialogue’ during the 18th Herbstakademie, ‘The Circularity of Mind and Body, Heidelberg, 2015. And taught the morning war-up at the 18th Herbstakademie, ‘BodyMind Wake-Up’.
I worked as a Dance Movement Therapist with children from six to fourteen years old, from Ukraine and Belarus, at the Renate Szlovak Stiftung in Soltau, Germany. This institution was initiated to mainly support children from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, maintaining its goals until today.
Regarding my artistic work from 1995 to 2002, I was a choreographer in residence at Kampnagel Fabrik in Hamburg, and I have created major works that toured national and internationally.
In 2005, I initiated the festival DanceKiosk-Hamburg among other independent related dance productions and worldwide projects. I was mentioned as “one of the last independent dance activists” in the tanz yearbook of 2011. And from 2013-14, I initiated the project ‘The Live Legacy Project: Correspondences between German Contemporary Dance and Judson Dance Theater Movement’, funded by the German TANZFONDS ERBE – An initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
In 2015, I was part of the project ’The best. The worst. My everything!’ initiated by Irmela Kästner at K3-Tanzplan Hamburg. And my film production ‘The live Legacy Project – film Documentation’ had its premiere at Tanzkongress Hannover, 2016. And I am part of the theater production FAUST by Frank Castorf, at the Volksbünhe Berlin, with a premiere on March 3rd, 2017.
My main goal is to intertwine the artistic expression of dance with the methods of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) and Somatic Movement aiming towards an embodied physical and emotional expression for each human being regardless of age, cultural background or religion.
My working priorities are, to strive for continuity and integration of the community with whom I interact and to continue to provide exceptional contributions to artists from all art fields and cultural institutions – in dance, theater, music, performance, and visual arts. My choreographic and therapeutic contributions have been on the field of dance creations with migrant, elderly and youth populations both in Europe, Africa and the USA with the vision to empower intercultural relationships, fostering communication among people and peacemaking with a somatic and holistic approach.