Rafaela Sahyoun

Rafaela Sahyoun (BR) is a dance artist, movement practitioner, educator & choreographer based between Brazil & Portugal. Teaching plays an essential role in her practice. Since 2014, she has been teaching workshop formats alongside immersive dance courses for different dance companies, public and private institutions, Bachelor degrees, and Post- Graduate programs, as well as teaching for national and international auditions. Since 2019 Rafaela has been a guest teacher and collaborator at Pera School of Performing Arts – GAU, teaching the Bachelor's Degree in Dance and leading the auditions. Besides teaching, she has made three dance productions for university students: Something to Phase Us: Who goes there (2022), Wheel of Radical Affection (2021), and VAWM (20/21). Since 2020 she teaches at the Post-Graduate Program Corpo: Dança, Teatro e Performance at Célia Helena Centro de Artes e Educação in São Paulo. As an emerging choreographer, her latest creation in Brazil, Fôlego (2022), is nominated for the APCA Dance Award of 2022 within the category: Premiere of the year 2022. This creation was made for Balé da Cidade de São Paulo and commissioned by Centro Cultural São Paulo [CCSP]. As a freelance dancer and performer, she is featured in productions by: Sara Shelton Mann (USA), Judith Sánches Ruíz (CU/DE), Renan Martins (DE/BR), Alessandro Sciarroni (IT), Morena Nascimento(BR), Clarice Lima (BR), Marco Torrice (IT/BE), Clair Lefevrè (FR/AT), Nigel Charnoch (GB), Willi Dorner (AT), Marcus Moreno (BR), Cristian Duarte (BR), Talita Florêncio (BR) and other people she admires. From 2015 to 2018, she was a company member of Jorge Garcia Dance Company in São Paulo. Rafaela graduated from SEAD - Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (Austria) in 2013 and graduated with the program Dance Studies at Trinity Laban (London) in 2010.