Cristina Fernandes Rosa

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Dr. Cristina Fernandes Rosa is an artist-scholar making work at the intersection of dance, bodily arts and visual culture. Rosa is Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton’s department of Dance, teaching both studio courses and seminars, and a member of its Centre for Research in Arts and Creative Exchange. She previously taught at various universities in the USA, namely UC Riverside, FSU Tallahassee, Tufts University, Reed College and CalArts. Rosa was also a visiting professor at Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil, 2011) and a research/teaching fellow at Freie Universität’s IRC Interweaving Performance Cultures (Germany, 2012-13).

Rosa's formal education includes a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from UCLA, chaired by dance studies professor Susan L. Foster, and a Master in Art from UW-Madison, chaired by performance studies professor Laurie Beth Clark, and a post-graduate specialisation in Ethnic and Racial Studies and African Culture from the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador (UFBA, Brazil). This international program was lead by distinguished professors such as Angela Davis and Mara Viveros Vigoya.

Rosa's creative practice is informed by distinct Afro-Brazilian practices, including capoeira angola, dança afro, samba-de-roda, and frevo, as well as contemporary dance forms, yoga and meditation. In the area of visual arts, she has worked across installations, drawing/painting, photography, and graphic arts.


Research interests

Rosa’s area of interest includes dances of the Americas and the African diaspora, idenity politics, sustainability and environmental art, dis/abilities, decolonial somatic arts, as well as other colonial and postcolonial issues in dance such as the geopolitics of knowledge production and epistemologies of the South. 

Dr. Rosa's scholarship privileges the interweaving of multiple methodologies, including choreographic analysis, dance ethnography, historiography, practice-as-research, research-creation and other contextual analyses connecting critical race and gender studies.

Dr. Rosa is currently involved into two interrelated research-creation projects. The first, titled Movements of Sustainability, interweaves a wider range of creative bodily practices with the concept of sustainability, understood here as a series of ecological relations, namely the care of self (individual ecology); the care of others (social ecology); the care of environments (territorial ecology); and the care of ideas (ecology of knowledges and ways of knowing).  The second, titled CosmoAngola: Confluence of Bakongo Cosmology and Capoeira Angola, is a collaboration with capoeira master-teacher Cobra Mansa, Dr. Cinézio Peçanha, and the maroon community and activist mestre Nego Bispo.

Dr Rosa is accepting new PhD students.



Notable Achievements

Dr. Rosa’s creative work has circulated internationally and her scholarship has been published in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and monographs. Her forthcoming book, Capoeira Angola: Understanding an Afro-Brazilian Art Form, is under contract with Bloomsbury press and will be published in 2023. Written in accessible language and supported by audio-visual resources, housed in a companion website and accessible via QR codes, this edited volume combines the primary author’s scholarship with contributing chapters by capoeira scholars and master-teachers (mestres) on specific topics. In sum, it offers a critical introduction of Capoeira Angola to performing arts students with little to no experience with the practice and/or its history and culture.

In her previous monograph, Brazilian Bodies and Their Choreographies of Identification (Palgrave McMillan, 2015), Rosa examines how aesthetic principles cultivated across the black Atlantic contributed to the construction of Brazil as an imagined community. Dr Rosa has written the foreword for Christine Greiner's translated book, The Body in Crisis (2021)and has also been published in the edited books Neoliberalism and contemporary dance in Brazil (2021), The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy (2020), Moving (Across) Borders (2017), Performing Brazil (2015) and Cultures in Process: Encounter and Experience (2009), and peer reviewed journals such as Atlantic Studies, TDR and e-misférica. Her lectures are featured in digital plataforms such as Digital Theatre.




Professional affiliations

University of Roehampton’s Center for Dance Research (CDR) 

Dance Research Studies, former CORD/ SDHS (DSA) - VC of Conferences

Performances of the Popular (PoP Moves)- board member

International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)

Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e Pós-graduação em Artes Cênicas (ABRACE)

Associação Nacional de Pesquisadores em Dança (ANDA)


Ways of Knowing

Ginga (Afro-Brazilian studio course)

Theories of Corporealities

Dancing Communities and Citizenship

Dance and Politics

Dance, Identities and Cultures

People dancing, People Moving

Performances of Heritage

Extended Essays

From Process to Product


Education/Academic qualification

University of California Los Angeles

Award Date: 1 Aug 2010


  • AI Indexes (General)
  • embodyment
  • diasporic aesthetic
  • processes of identification
  • knowledge production
  • sustainability
  • dance studies
  • coloniality


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