Cristina’s pedagogic practice started in 2010 after taking part in 50 days of Flying Low and Passing Through in Costa Rica with David Zambrano, where she was the only Portuguese artist to be invited to participate in this unique project were each person was specifically chosen because they demonstrate concurrent passions for making, teaching, and performing, three interests that are all active and vital parts of Zambrano’s own artistry.
At the end of the 50-day intensive, each student received a letter of certification by Zambrano approving them to further develop Flying Low and Passing Through within their own artistic practice.
Working with David Zambrano during the most intensive period he taught in a row, in 2010 and through extensively studying his techniques since 2005, she has gained the teaching qualifications and certification for Flying Low and Passing through, which is since then integrating in her own teaching practice, always in constant change and development.
Cristina is a faculty member of Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem (NL), BA Dance Performance – being part of the circle of guides to the 4th year students since 2013; a regular jury in the school’s audition committee and a regular staff teacher since 2011; a regular guest lecturer at Codarts, University for the Arts, Rotterdam (NL) since 2010; she was part of the Artistic board for Formação Avançada em Interpretação e Criação Coreográfica [FAICC] at Companhia Instável, Porto (PT); and the Coordinator of the FCT subject [internships in a working context] at Ginasiano Escola de Dança since 2015.
Currently, she is often teaching a development of Flying Low or Passing Through of David Zambrano and artistic practice workshops around the content of her choreographic pieces at:
Tantsu ruum, Tallin
K3 –Zentrum fur Choreographie, KAMPNAGEL Hamburg
MD Kollektiv, Koln
Contemporary Dance School Hamburg
Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen
Dance Ireland, Dublin
Dance Italia, Lucca
Stary Browar, Poznan
Ginasiano Escola de Dança
ACE – Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo
XX Estágio de Dança de Aveiro
Jazzy & Estúdio 5
Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte
GAD – Giselle Academia de Dança
Plesna Izba Maribor
Centro Danza Canal, Madrid
ArtEZ – Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem (BA Dance Performance)
Codarts – Rotterdamse Dansacademie (BA Dance Performance)
Moderne Theaterdans – Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (MTD – BA Dance Performance)
Henny Jurriens Stichting
de Stilte, Breda
United States of America
Mark Morris Dance Center, organized by Dance Italia/ Stefanie Nelson, New York
In her class, Cristina embodies and shares her knowledge of David Zambrano’s Flying Low adapted to her own artistic vision, very often described as a softer and spatially complex approach. The original technique focuses on the dancers relationship with the floor by utilizing simple movement sequences and by practicing speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the centre. There is a special attention given to the extremities as extensions of the centre and indicators of direction, proposing awareness and clarity to the movement. In Cristina’s practice, the dynamics of the class increase progressively using imagery: several states of consistency of the body and density of the space are explored. The material challenges each participant to discover the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion and therefore many basic exercises are deconstructed into a more explorative work to achieve the right individual state to develop further.
The class is built with several short set exercises where participants are challenged to find their own way of doing and what are the pathways that cross through their bodies, rather than established formulas or shapes; as well as complementary exercises in couples for a better understanding of those physical properties & the movement quality itself. During the class we constantly practice the principles rather than the exercises and everyone is challenged into disconnecting from the usual right & left or front & back idea. The proposed exercises change everyday, so no attachment needed!
About David Zambrano