I know that Monday will be a busy day for everyone considering our current faculty search. The SfM board has worked to make sure no events clash with these interviews. Dr. Rosa is very excited to discuss our research and build collaboration between music and dance studies. She is also only at FSU for one semester as a visiting professor. Do not miss this opportunity! I have included her abstract and bio below.
Carmen Miranda (1909 – 1955) is perhaps one of the most powerful, yet
controversial, symbols ever produced about Brazil. Beyond her charismatic voice and her
exotic costumes, the auspiciousness with which Miranda moved to the rhythm of Black
music has given international visibility to a particular kind of bodily syncopation that, in
Brazil, is commonly known as ginga. In this short presentation, I will trace the presence of
this sensual and off-beat way of moving in samba, paying close attention to the ideas it
mobilizes through action. First, I identify ginga as the foundational element within a system
of bodily organization and knowledge production – ginga aesthetic – anchored on aesthetic
principles common to the African diaspora, such as polycentrism and polyrhythm. I then
examine samba as an umbrella term, historically cultivated within territorialized black spaces
in Brazil. Whether performed inside a dancing circle, behind a marching band, on stage, or
for the camera, samba’s polycentric and polyrhythmic dialogues across bodily parts,
especially between hips and feet, provoke mis-alignments in space and syncopations in time.
Furthermore, samba dancers employ ginga aesthetic as a rhetorical strategy that mobilizes
implicit or explicit desire. Across my presentation, more importantly, I will argue that the
non-verbal discourses articulated through samba dancing provide us with concrete evidence
of the active role of Africans and their descendents in the modern construction of Brazil as an
Cristina Rosa is an interdisciplinary artist and a scholar in the field of dance studies.
Her areas of interest include Afro-Brazilian movement practices (e.g. dance forms and
martial arts) and contemporary dance forms. Rosa is a currently a Visiting Assistant
professor at FSU’s School of Dance. Previously, she taught at Universidade de Brasilia
(Brazil), California Institute of the Arts, and UCLA. Educated in both the United States
and Brazil, Rosa holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from University of California,
Los Angeles and a graduate certificate in Ethnic and Racial Studies and African Culture
from Universidade Federal da Bahia. Her recent research projects focus on the relationship
across embodiment, knowledge production, and processes of identification within colonial
and post-colonial contexts. With an emphasis on both historiography and movement
analysis, her forthcoming book “Swing Nation: Brazilian Bodies an their Choreographies of
Identification” examines the construction of identity in Brazil through movement.
I look forward to this event and the continuation of our spring lecture series. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.