CONTEMPO PHYSICAL DANCE invigorates audiences through a dynamic Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance fusion.

Support Contempo's Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Dance Fusion

Recognized for our dynamic fusion of Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira and contemporary dance, Contempo's mission is to create a vibrant new dance form that ignites intersections of contemporary dance and traditional movement forms of the African diaspora, and to perform work that challenges human physicality while it invigorates audiences. We translate this mission into groundbreaking new movement approaches, innovative choreographic design, and stunning performances.

About Contempo Physical Dance

Contempo Physical Dance is a non-profit professional dance company based in the Twin Cities that is recognized for its dynamic Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance fusion. Artistic director and choreographer, Marciano Silva dos Santos, is a native of Brazil and came to the United States in 2006 after being recognized by the American Folkloric Society as a culturally diverse artist of exceptional merit.

Founded in 2011, Contempo Physical Dance premiered our first original work, Motiro, at the Ritz Theater in 2012. We have been presented at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts every season since then with works like Batuque, exploring the African origins and rise of samba in Brazil; and SenZalma, based on Navio Negriero (The Slave Ship) by Brazilian poet and abolitionist Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves. In 2016 we hosted our first international choreography residency in Saint Paul with Senegalese choreographer Patrick Acogny whose work Cool Play premiered at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium.

Your donation will support:

  • A fresh new look at the powerful energy of Vulcão, coming up this February at the Cowles Center for Dance. Originally created for Macalester’s Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center in 2015, today’s reignited choreographic exploration of Vulcão reaches deep into the shifting dynamics of living history to disrupt those molten under layers.

  • Opportunities for over 500 students to experience dance that brings cultural history alive in the present moment through student matinee performances and arts residencies in the schools.

  • Open Rehearsals where you can get up close and personal with the dancers, and learn more about how we do what we do on stage.

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Our goal is to raise $6,000 or more. We have a matching grant of $3,000, which means your donation will make double the impact.

Our programs have:

Inspired thousands of K-12 students at student matinee performances and in-depth two and three week residencies at their schools.

Challenged dance students at local and regional colleges and fostered their professional growth through their performance of Contempo repertoire. 

Invigorated audiences in the Twin Cities through world premieres performances of seven full-length works: Motiro (2012), Batuque (2013), SenZalma (2014), Vulcão (2015), Cool Play (2016), Merge (2016) and Balacobaco (2017).

Connected audiences to the international dance community and situated St. Paul as a pioneering site for the creation of contemporary dance of the African Diaspora via Contempo's international residency and commissioning program.

Delivered contemporary Brazilian dance to other areas in our region (Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota). 

Everywhere the company goes they engage genuinely with the community in deep and meaningful ways. For more information visit: 

What Audiences, Critics, Presenters, Teachers & Students Are Saying About Contempo Physical Dance

"The biggest reason I want to go see the show is the pure authentic Afro-centricness of it. The live music and Brazilian drumming that you hear is going to make it so that you can’t just sit politely and wait to clap at the end of the show. You’re gonna join in, you’re gonna shout, you might even sing. This is going to pull that out of you in a real authentic way.” ANTHONY GALLOWAY, Minnesota Public Radio Art Hounds

“Contempo Physical Dance is an ensemble of graceful, innovative and athletic dancers. They brought fantastic dance to Orange City, they brought another culture's art to a small town, they touched many people here." JANINE CALSBEEK, Orange City Arts Council

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