Isaura Oliveira

African Brazilian Dance

Music & Folklore

Dancer • Choreogrpaher • Cultural Educator

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Community Arts Advocates

Stephen H. Baird, Executive Director

PO Box 300112, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

Telephone: 617-522-3407

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Ms. Oliveira was born in Salvador-Bahia, the cradle of African Brazilian culture, where African traditions and the arts are constantly maintained and nourished. This is exactly from where and how Isaura built her cultural-artistic experience. She has devoted her extraordinary talents to work in academic, artistic, community, educational and health venues.

Isaura appeared in a PBS and BBC-TVs documentary "Dancing #5: New Worlds, New Forms" in 1993, as the representative for Brazilian dance. Her classes, lecturers, and performances left a lasting impression at Smith, Radcliffe, Wellesley Colleges; Brown, Wesleyan University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Stanford, UC Riverside University; as well, at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz-CA, Spontaneous Celebrations and The Dance Complex in MA.

Isaura performed ANCESTRAIS - her acclaimed solo performance of dance, theater and multi-media, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kresgie Auditorium in 2001. This program is available for performing arts theaters and festivals. ANCESTRAIS investigates the African Divinities of the Condomblé - the Orixas. Condomblé is the religious system transported by African slaves to Brazil through the state of Bahia. ANCESTRAIS affirms the right of people of the African Diaspora to celebrate, teach and learn their own culture, technique and philosophy as a part of the larger multicultural context of contemporary art. Directed by Isaura Oliveira and Professor Thomas DeFrantz.


Isaura Oiveira's Fees*:


Programs Offered:

African Brazilian Cultural & Folklore Workshop

all ages

Brazilian Carnivale Workshop

all ages

"Iwa Pele Experience" Brazilian Carnivale Dance Concert

all ages

ANCESTRAIS Dance Concert

all ages

African Brazilian & Modern Dance Workshops

age 8 and up

African Brazilian & Modern Dance Master Classes

College Students and Professional Dancers


"There simply are not more than a small handful of dance performance artists anywhere in the world who are as talented. Ms. Oliveria is a world-renown expert in her field, a leading proponent of Afro-Brazilian culture and dance whose influence has been profound, and whose performance work has been hailed by an international group of critics and scholars."
-- Thomas DeFrantz, MIT Music and Theater Arts

"It was a stunning full-evening solo production in which she drew upon the intimate relationship between theater and dance. The attention her performance garnered was outstanding; the audience was truly spellbound by the range and depth of her powerful creation. Not only did the audience see the lyricism and rhythmic dynamics of Brazilian modern dance, but also they felt a continuum of emotional expression that was initiated by the traditional Yoruba divinities at the center of her work. This choreography was fusion that communicated contemporary relevance."

-- Yvonne Daniel, Ph.D. Smith College Dance and Afro-American Studies

Boston Globe Review

Sunday, October 7, 2001


Selected Performance & Teaching Highlights:


Tour Schedule:



In San Francisco:


Friday, August 27th - 6:00-8:00 pm

@ Dance Mission Theater

3316 - 24th Street (Corner Mission)

San Francisco, CA

phone: 415-826-4441


In Santa Cruz:


Saturday, August 28th - 4:30-6:30 pm


408 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA

phone: 831- 457-1616


Sunday, August 29th - 3:00-5:00 pm


(see above)


Monday, August 29th - 6:00- 7:30 pm

Guest teacher for J'Ann Rains

@: 418 Project

418 Front Street , Santa Cruz, CA


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Isaura Oliveira: African Brazilian Dance, Music & Folklore

Programs Description with Photographs & PDF Files

Tour Schedule

Artist Statement


Mosaic Cultural Educational Programs

Jorge Arce and Humano

Afro-Caribbean Workshop

Jennifer Armstrong

Scottish & American Music & Folklore

Stephen Baird

Street Performer with Music, Puppets & Lore

Behind the Mask - Eric Bornstein

Master Maskmaker workshops and performances

Victor Cockburn

Artist-in-Education Specialist

Cornell Coley

Drums and Dance

Carey Dardompre

Haitian and African Diaspora Cultural Programs

Wendy Jehlen

Bharata Natyam Classical Indian Dance + Contemporary Dance + ASL Interpreting

Alice Johnson and Andy Holiner

Celebrating Diversity Multicultural Programs

Jeff Kesses: East Coast Portraits

Portraits in Oils, Pastels and Charcoal

La Pinata and Rosalba Solis

Latin American Cultural Family Network

Charlot Lucien

Haitian Creole "Kreyol" Cultural Griot

Barbara Michaels

Clown, Stiltwalker, Improvisation & Theater Artist

Isaura Oliveira

African Brazilian Dance, Music & Folklore

Frederick Law Olmsted

one man play by Gerry Wright

Guy Peartree

Historical Characterizations, Storytelling and Folktales

Veronica Robles

Mexican Mariachi, Dance and Culture

Lester Scafidi

New England Music, Stories & Folklore

Leonard Solomon

The Bellowphone Show - Comedy, Juggling and Music

Theresa-India Young

Primal Arts Master Weaver

Wildest Dreams

Original World-Beat Soul Band

ASL Interpreting by Wendy Jehlen can be provided for CAA programs

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