Marciano Silva Dos Santos

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Theatre Arts and Dance
111 Barker Center

500 - 4th Ave South

Marciano Silva dos Santos is originally from Brazil. He studied theater and dance at FAFI, a government-sponsored professional performing arts school in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil. He first achieved recognition as a performer in a solo dance theater piece based on Lorca's Blood Wedding. Through this performance he began to observe the body's nuances, to study and seek the movement style present through his body. Since moving to Minnesota in 2006 recognized by the American Folkloric Society as a Brazilian folk artist of unique and exceptional ability. He has worked with TU Dance, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, and in Penumbra Theatre’s Black Nativity for 4 years. He is a dance instructor at the University of Minnesota and has taught Master and residencies class at Carleton College, Macalaster College, Ordway Center for Performing arts, ACDFA - American College Dance Festival, Dance Education Summit, Distance Learning Dance instructor At The Cowles Center, Tu Dance Center, Minnesota State University and Among many others. Marciano has developed his own contemporary dance movement in Minnesota and founded his own dance company called Contempo Physical Dance, a company that fuses Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira and contemporary dance. The company recently premiered its second full-length work "Batuque" at The Cowles Center. He awarded "best Dancer" 2009 by City Pages, named "The hottest choreographer in town" in Minnesota Monthly's Fashionable Fall Arts Preview 2012 and "One of the most radiant performer in the Twin Cities" Star Tribune 2013. He premiered his solo dance work called "Dialogue of Roots" with percussive music with the extraordinary local composer Timothy Berry March 2013 in the JSB Tek Box at The Cowles Center and He has been featured in the Minnesota Monthly Magazine 2013, Jornal da dança in Rio-Brazil 2013 and Revista dança Brazil 2012.