FERNANDA PRATA

Lecturer in Performance and Creative & Contextual Studies, Course Leader for MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

MA – MASTER OF ARTS, London Contemporary Dance School
POST-GRAD DIPLOMA Advanced Dance Studies, London Contemporary Dance School
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING DIPLOMA, British Wheel of Yoga, Triyoga, London
BA CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND TEACHING, Angel Vianna University R.J, Brazil
DIPLOMA IN THEATRE ARTS, Casa das Artes De Laranjeiras R.J, Brazil

Role and responsibilities:

Fernanda works across both the Performance and Creative & Contextual Studies faculties. Fernanda will be joint programme leader for the MA Dance & Creative Enterprise programme, contributing to areas such as Dance Technique, Professional Practice, Dance Perspectives in Practice and Research Project (MA practice-led Dissertation).

“My teaching process is directly influenced from my own experiences as a performer where I have worked with a variety of techniques, inspired by a number of teachers, directors and choreographers. I teach based on experiential learning and my aim is to provide a supported and safe space for the learners, encouraging them to explore movement and go beyond their limits. My aim when teaching is to let each student embody the material they explore to find a self-discovery and their own way of moving.”

Career history

Fernanda is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and teacher. As a performer Fernanda worked with Punchdrunk as a core member of the company since 2006. She went on to become their Assistant Director and Rehearsal Director for their  production ‘The Drowned Man’ in 2013/2014.

Other companies she has worked for as a performer include: Jasmin Vardimon, Protein, Vincent Dance Theatre, Stan Won’t Dance and Theatre Rites. She has also worked in theatre productions such as ‘Timon of Athens’ for The Globe Theatre, ‘The Beggars Opera’ Regents Park Open Air Theatre and ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ for The National Theatre in London.

As a teacher she worked as a freelance for many years, leading several workshops all over the UK and Europe. These workshops ranged from dance classes to physical theatre practices. In 2011 Fernanda became part of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Faculty, teaching Contemporary Technique and acting as Academic Tutor for the BA Programme. In 2017 she joined NSCD  as a Lecturer in Performance and a Lecturer in Creative & Contextual Studies.

Fernanda is also a Yoga Practitioner, with a particular interest in Yoga as therapy. She is accredit by British Wheel of Yoga and has completed various courses including ‘Yoga as Therapy’, ‘Yoga Nidra’ and ‘Pregnancy Yoga’.

As a choreographer, Fernanda has been making a variety of works including commissions from Horniman Museum & Gardens, London Contemporary Dance School, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Centre of Advanced Training UK, as well as theatre productions such as ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ directed by Steven Grihault, ‘Carmem’ directed by Dan Allum and ‘Urinetown’ directed by Josh Seymour.

Professional Scholarly Activity

THE DROWNED MAN
Assistant Director, Rehearsal Director & Choreographer Associate.
Punchdrunk. London, UK

MOVEMENT COACHING FOR ACTORS AND MUSICIANS
1 to 1 sessions and various Theatre Companies in UK

RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATE
Judith Hanson Lasater, London

YOGA NIDRA TEACHER TRAINING CERTIFICATE
Sitaram, Yoga Campus, London

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING DIPLOMA
British Wheel of Yoga, Triyoga, London

WELL WOMEN YOGA THERAPY CERTIFICATE
Sitaram, Yoga Campus

YOGA PREGNANCY CERTIFICATE
Sitaram, Yoga Campus, London

YOGA THERAPEUTICS CERTIFICATE
Doug Keller, Yoga Campus, London

YOGA AS THERAPY FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION CERTIFICATE
Bo Forbes, Triyoga, London

Performance artefacts (selection)

URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL (2017)
Movement Direction and Choreography
The Pleasance Theatre, Islington.
Directed by Josh Seymour

CARMEN (2017)
Movement Direction and Choreography for R&D
The Junction Theatre, Cambridge
Company Romany Theatre, Directed by Dan Allum

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (2017)
Movement Direction and Choreography
Caramel Theatre. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Directed by Steven Grihault.

NÓS (2016)
Choreographer
Commission by The Horniman Museum & Gardens

I WILL DO ALL THAT I CAN (2016)
Choreography for 3rd years LCDS, BA Programme

POROROCA (2016)
Choreography for Trinity Laban CAT Programme

CULT (2016)
A performance project commissioned by Selfridges, curated by Wayne McGregor.

FAMILY PORTRAITS / LIVING LETTERS (2016)
Choreography for Mountview Academy of Arts
London, UK

NEVER LOOK BACK (2015)
Choreography for The Place CAT Programme.
London, UK

NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE (2014)
Choreography and Movement Director.
London, UK

THE DROWNED MAN (2013)
Assistant Director, Rehearsal Director & Choreographer Associate.
Punchdrunk. London, UK