Amanda Paixão

Amanda Paixão

Amanda Paixão has given her life over to dance, as a performer, choreographer, teacher and researcher. She holds a BA in Dance from UNICAMP in Brazil where she also received a second undergraduate degree in Arts in Elementary and Secondary schools.

As a choreographer and performer Amanda has presented her stage work in Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Canada. Her artistic interests are situated in translating one's life experience into performance helping the audience reflect on their own. She is fascinated by the creative power within marginal cultures. For this reason, she has lead workshops, performed and choreographed in a variety of contexts in Brazil, from a NGO combating poverty to a native community, psychiatric hospital, disability center, elderly institution, and recycling association. After taking specialization courses in Modern Educational Dance at Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil, Amanda was a contract professor at two Post-Secondary institutions in Brazil. In Canada since 2005, Amanda has been working with Newton Moraes as a performer and teaching assistant.

At the present, she is pursuing an MA in Dance at York University in Toronto where she is also working as a Graduate Assistant. Amanda's research questions investigate how bodily memory and the experience of absence converge in Canadian performers with Diaspora connections.