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Rosangela Silvestre and Alysson Bruno in Bristol

Rosangela Silvestre and Alysson Bruno in Bristol: 24th – 27th May 2018

Rosangela Silvestre and Alysson Bruno, internationally renowned artists are returning to Bristol for the 5th year to facilitate a 4-day intensive of Movement and rhythm workshops inspired by the African Ancestrals manifested and rooted in Brazil. This will include, Symbology of Orixa, Silvestre Technique and Musicality of Candomble.

Workshops are for all levels and abilities, suitable for dance enthusiasts from all styles and movement backgrounds.

Symbology of Orixa will be accompanied by live percussion led by Jon Hardeman & Alysson Bruno and supported by Jake Cavert, Jason Gaines, Nicky Barry and Jessamy Boydell.


Thursday 24th & Friday 25th
7-9.30 pm Symbology of Orixa Dance *

10.30am -12.30pm Musicality of Candomble
1-2.30 pm Silvestre Technique *
3- 6pm Symbology of Orixa Dance *

10.30-12 pm Movement exploration outdoor *
1-2.30 pm Silvestre Technique *
3- 6pm Symbology of Orixa Dance *
Evening: social/dinner/ drinks at a local venue

* Movement/dance workshops


Jacobs Wells Baths (former Bristol Dance Centre). BS8 1DZ

Sunday Movement exploration outdoors, meet outside Jacobs Wells Baths at 10.15 am and walk to Bradon Hill (weather dependent).


Individually purchased (per workshop):
Orixas Thursday or Friday £25 (£20 Early bird)
Orixas Saturday or Sunday £30 (£25 early bird)
Silvestre Technique £20 ( £15 Early bird)
Musicality of Candomble £20 (Limited Places)
Movement outdoor £20 (£10 for all those booking any other workshops)

All event pass (includes all workshops)
Door £160/ early bird £135

All movement workshops (excluding musicality)
Door £145 / early bird £120

All Saturday + Sunday workshops
Door £115/ early bird £95

Saturday + Sunday dance (excluding musicality)
Door £100/ earlybird £80

All day Saturday ( Musicality+Silvestre + Orixas)
Door £65/ early bird £55

All day Sunday (outdoor +silvestre + Orixas)
Door £55/ early bird £45

Early bird price to be paid by 10/5/17


To book a place please email silvestre.bristol@gmail.com

We are hoping to get lots of keen dancers involved, not only from Bristol but other cities in the UK. Please spread the word.


Angeles, Penny, Evie
On behalf of the Bristol Silvestre Family


The Symbology of Orixas is a study between the rhythms and the traditional movement, archetype and story of the Orixa dances, interpreted as an art form. Discover how sacred symbolism inspires the body to dance. Orixa is the essence of the universe.

This workshop will be accompanied by live music.

All levels are welcome!


The Silvestre Technique explores a connection with the physical body and its connection to the Universe, which Rosangela calls, “the Body Universe.” The Body Universe is symbolized by three triangles formed on the body and the four elements of Nature; Earth, Water, Air, Fire.

Established in 1982 by Rosangela Silvestre, theit is a continuously evolving contemporary dance technique with the objective of conditioning the dancer through physical and expressive training – regardless of level or previous experience.

This technique gives an opportunity for dancers to study and investigate the unification of symbols that express aspects of the universe – cosmologically and physically. Dancers will discover possibilities of movement to connect with intuition, expression, and balance.

A series of musical compositions will be created by Alysson Bruno, gues musician from Brazil. These will be based on the conversation between the body and the orchestration of diverse sounds, of musical instruments, the music of the body, and most importantly, the “silence” that connects us all. With the inspiration that guides us, we can discover how to create dance and music constantly.

All levels are welcome and encouraged to train in this technique!


Choreographer, instructor, dancer and creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, Rosangela is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and post-graduated specializing in choreography, achieving her degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA).

Rosangela has researched dance and music in Brazil, India, Egypt, Senegal and Cuba as part of her ever-evolving and eclectic palette of movement. She acquired training in such diverse techniques as: Martha Graham, Limón, Horton, Floor Bar, Classic Ballet, Dunham Technique, and has experienced diverse dance expressions – such as Germany Theater Dance, Contemporary, Folkloric, as well as Traditional dances of Africa and other continents.

Rosangela’s instructors include Raimundo Bispo dos Santos (Mestre King), Mercedes Baptista, Clayde Morgan, Carlos Moraes, Nelma Seixas, among others, beginning in the late 1970s. Since 1981, Ms. Silvestre started to travel in and out of Brazil to teach, to train dancers, to perform, to lecture and to demonstrate, to consult, and attended seminars and residencies in diverse universities, dance festivals such as: Colorado College Dance Festival; New Orleans Dance Festival; and dance camps such as the California Brazil Camp each year. She choreographed numerous dance pieces for companies based in Brazil – Balé Folclórico da Bahia and Odunde – as well as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico Repertory Company, American Academy of Ballet, Roots of Brazil, Dance Brazil, Viver Brasil, Muntu Dance Theater, and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Company.

Her dance investigation and constant development created an opportunity to connect with the eclectic American musician Steve Coleman, with whom she traveled to diverse countries which have African roots in their music and dance. With Steve Coleman, Rosangela developed an idea to have the body as an instrument that provides the movement-form of any sound that can be captured – thereby discovering and creating dance at any moment. Rosangela is currently the choreographer of Viver Brasil Dance Company Directed by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró.

Rosangela’s use of her voice is an integral part of her work in dance.



Alysson Bruno: Musician, dancer, composer, producer and music director from São Paulo, Brazil, born and raised in the religion of Candomblé of the Ketu nation.

Alysson began his training with the social and cultural organization Abaçai Cultura e Arte, led by one of Brazil’s most prominent percussionists and researchers, Ari Colares. He is the main percussionist and composer with the choreographer and creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, Rosangela Silvestre and has played, composed, and performed with choreographer Irineu Nogueira. Alysson has also worked as Musical Director for Canadian dance company Dance Migration’s latest theatre production, Gaia and has composed for drumming group Baque de Bamba.


These workshops form part of an international tour:


Hula hoop workshop at The Island, Bristol

Hula Hoop Dance Workshop

This workshop is suitable for anyone who is a begginer or wants to improve on skills they already know.

In this workshop you will learn fancy on and off body tricks, core hula hooping techniques and a funky dance group routine. We will cover a wide range of skills, so come, learn and play with a hula hoop.

Iris West has over eight years of hooping experience. She has travelled all over the UK performing her multi hoop routines in various big top circus. Over the last few years she has taught regular classes and workshops to people of all ages and abilities, including master classes in on body core hooping, body rools and twins.

Workshop price is £20 and hoops will be provided.

To book your place follow the link http://www.iriswestcircus.co.uk/learntohulahoop/twins-and-hoop-sequences-workshop-hula-hooping

Any questions please message me or call on 07544436587.

This is taking place in The Island Dance Space – please use the Bridewell Street entrance.

Rope workshop at The Island, Bristol

Rope workshop with Ezra Weill

Rope worskhop with ENC graduate Ezra Weill! Ezra is a dynamic and innovative artist who has developed a unique style, which combines juggling and manipulation technique with aerial rope.

Links to Ezra’s work:

Workshop details:
28th – Dynamic moves and tempos!
Little tempos, big tempos, front, back, up, down, we will cover them all. But now that we have all of these lovely tempos what do we do with them? Come and find out!

29th – Object Manipulation on Vertical apparatuses
Plates, lamps, rocks, pillows, bring them all and what ever else you might want to take up with you on the rope. We will also work on manipulating our apparatus when it is not rigged to the ceiling.

This workshop is suitable for intermediate/advanced students who feel comfortable with a range of beats and flares.

28th & 29th April, 11-2pm
£100 for both days

Please email Laura Murphy at lrmurphymail@gmail.com to book a place

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Physical Ensemble course at The Island, Bristol

Physical Ensemble Story-Telling: 6 Week Lecoq-based training

Dates: On Saturdays from 21st of April until 26th of May
Times: 3.30 – 6.00 PM
Prices: £110 (full) £90 (conc) £80 (returners)
Booking and info: igne.workshops@gmail.com

This intensive 6 week course is designed for actors, theatre-makers, dancers and circus performers who would like explore the dramatics of physical performance making, improvisation and ensemble story-telling using the approach and techniques of Jacques Lecoq. The aim of this course is to offer a range of tools that develop the participants’ theatrical language and increase their understanding of the relationship between the performers’s body, movement, theatrical space and physical expression. The course will focus on:

– physical improvisation through Lecoq’s concept of ‘play’
– the analysis and articulation of movement
– the dynamics of colours, materials, music and poetry
– the work with the Neutral Mask
– the work with objects
– devising as well as character and narrative development techniques

At the end of course the participants will be asked to present a short piece on a given theme. All the materials will be provided at the workshop.

This course is for industry professionals and those who already have some experience in physical theatre/dance/circus.

If you would like to book please send a few sentences about your practice to igne.workshops@gmail.com

About the facilitator:

Igne is Bristol-based theatre-maker and founder of Bristol Physical Theatre Project. She trained at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and also holds a BA in Drama at UWE in Bristol. Whilst in Paris, Igne has also had an opportunity to train with Peter Brook (International Centre for Theatre Research) and Nina Dipla (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch). After completing her two – year course at Lecoq, Igne continued her research at Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA) in Syracuse, Italy, where she also worked as a visiting movement teacher for the undergraduate actors’ course (2013-2014). As a performer and theatre-maker Igne has collaborated with The Missing Pieces (Hamilton House, Bristol Old Vic), The Edible Theatre (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Uncut), The Mechanical Animal Coorporation (The Paintworks, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe), Panevezio Dramos Teatras (Lithuania), O&O Ensemble (The Wardrobe, The Lyric Theatre, Theatre N16 Balham, The Shoebox Theatre, Exeter Phoenix). She has recently joined The Breadknives Collective (Paris-London).

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SPACE, Old Market Gallery


Old Market Gallery and workshop space  announces it will remain open for two more years.  

Old Market’s burgeoning reputation as a hotbed of culture seemed under threat with recent closures including the iconic Gin Palace, The Dutch and Trinity Community Arts saying farewell to 6 West Street after Bristol City Council announced they now needed to seek a commercial rent from the building. Happily the arts and community hub has had a reprieve with Artspace Lifespace announcing that they will be taking over the leasehold of 6 West Street until 2020.

Trinity Community Arts took on 6 West Street in 2011 via the city’s Community Asset Transfer (CAT) process on a ‘peppercorn’ leasehold in order to increase arts provision in Old Market at a time when the area was struggling with boarded up and vacant premises. In April 2016, Artspace Lifespace joined Trinity to develop SPACE (sound-performance-art-community-engagement) gallery on the ground floor.  

Project Manager, Karina Castro said: “We are very proud of what we’ve achieved with Arts West Side and are sorry that we aren’t able to continue this good work but are glad to see it will continue to be used as an arts space for the next couple of years. Thank you to everyone who has supported us since we took it on it 2011.”

Artspace Lifespace Company Manager Kathryn Chiswell Jones said: “We will miss having Trinity Community Arts as our partner. Thanks to Bristol City Council Property Team for offering 6 West Street to us at a reduced rent and Big Lottery Awards For All Funding for our Lifespace Together community classes, we are delighted that SPACE will provide an affordable gallery and rehearsal space in Bristol’s artisan quarter for another two years. ”

SPACE Gallery is available to hire for exhibitions, rehearsals or workshops.  

To enquire about hiring SPACE Contact:


07960 691500 (Phone monitored Mon to Wed)


Sophie Filomena’s fimo workshop at The Island, Bristol

Sophie Filomena’s fimo workshop



Sophie Filomena is a freelance Illustrator and Designer based in Bristol UK, who has a love for the 80’s, punchy bold colours and experimental design. During the Summer of 2017, her flare of jewellery design began, Using Polymer to create abstract shapes that compliment a strong colour pallette.

Join sophie in a workshop where you can make your own polymer jewellery or whatever you mind wonders to! Everyone welcome, novices and experts of creativity alike!

10AM – 1PM

Materials will be provided, we do ask for a small fee of £3 (for children 13 and under) and £5 (for adults) due to expenses

Come along and create with sophie filomena!

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Ruby Lou Hinton’s draw your feelings workshop at The Island, Bristol

Ruby Lou Hinton’s draw your feelings workshop



Join Ruby Lou Hinton in a drop in workshop where everyone is invited to draw whatever they are thinking and feeling, families, creatives, everyone is welcome!

Since Graduating with an Illustration degree from UWE in 2016, Ruby Lou has been circulating around the bristol art scene, curating exhibitions and spreading the word of her emotion driven art.

Her work comes from the soft side of thinking, using metaphors for her feelings, and She’d like you to do the same! Grab a pencil and draw what’s on your mind. ♥

10AM – 1PM

Materials will be provided (pens, pencils and huge rolls of paper) all you need to do is come along and draw your feelings!

The workshop is free to attend but we welcome DONATIONS towards the expenses!

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Twerkshop at The Island, Bristol

Twerkshop Fundraising

It is time to shake bum for good cause again! Last time workshop was very popular and got some attention even in BBC radio Bristol, so hurry up and book your place now!

This time we gonna practice the basics of twerking in the premises of amazing DanceSpace Bristol!! We gonna drop it on the floor and practice some simple floorwork (??), so knee pads highly recommended (also legwarmers works)! In the end of the workshop we will put the moves together and learn little routine!

The cost is £7 and all money raised goes to support my Volunteer trip to Ghana to work in a Psychiatric hospital.

Registration and questions: Melgar.saida@gmail.com


“Did you know that still, these days majority of people in Ghana believes that people suffering from Mental illness are possessed by evil spirits? Their families often seek help from pray camps where some patient are chained to trees. The government of Ghana has decided to change this believes and improve the mental health care in the country, but it takes time, support, effort and money. At the moment Ghana with a population of 26 million, has only 13 practising psychiatric in public service, so the country needs desperately volunteers to make change possible. As a psychology student, I have decided to go there to give my time and skills to support any possible way I can, and for that journey, I need financial support.”

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Double Hoop Workshop at The Island, Bristol

Double Hoop Workshop: Exploring Weave and Flowers

Nick Broyd Hoop Presents Double Hoop Workshop: Exploring Weave and Flowers

Exploring Weaves and Flowers: As a fundamental aspect within doubles hooping, weaves and flowers provide the basis for more technical use of doubles. For those less accustomed to working with double hoop we will explore the basic patterns, while those more experienced will be challenged with some interesting variations and ideas around use of them. For all of us we will consider ways of moving with weaves and flowers and look at how we can transition in and out of these trick areas.

This is an all levels double workshop where individuals will need to be experienced in single hoop.

Tickets £18/£20 available from: http://www.nickbroydhoop.co.uk/classes.html

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Mothers Day workshop SPACE, Bristol

Mother’s Day Handtied Bouquet Workshop

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we’re giving you the chance to spoil the special lady in your life with some beautiful blooms arranged by your very own hands.

The lovely people at SPACE Old Market have once again opened their doors to us and we’ll be holding a handtied bouquet workshop on Saturday 10th March from 11am-1pm so your blooms will be lovely and fresh ready for Mother’s Day.

Places are limited and cost is £35 pp or if you fancy bringing someone else along with you, it’ll be £60 for the both of you.

As usual, the cost covers all of your materials needed and refreshments too. Please pop Em a message to sunflowerbloomsbristol@gmail.com if you’d like to know more.