Fernanda Prata - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Curriculum Lead (MA IDP & DaCE) & Lecturer in Dance

PhD in Performance (in completion)
MA in Contemporary Dance

Additional qualifications:

Yoga Instructor 200 hrs certificate credited by Yoga Alliance. UK
Yoga Therapist certificate by Yoga Campus. UK
Yoga Nidra certificate by Sitaram. UK
Diploma in Theatre Arts via CAL. R.J, Brazil

Role and responsibilities:

Undergraduate Programmes:
Module Leader for Performance in Context 1
Lecturer in Creative Practices, Research Project, Performance in Context and Contemporary technique

Postgraduate Programmes:
Module Leader for Creative Modes of Enquiry
Lecturer for Professional Practice Project & Research Project

Who am I?

“I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the land of sunshine and carnival. When I was a child I wanted to join the circus and be a magician’s assistant, which led me to study dance and theatre. They became passions of mine and I have been immersed in this world since securing my first professional work in Brazil at 17 years old.

As a mother of a little cheeky boy, I juggle being an artist, educator, mum, and partner. I love cinema, music and enjoy spending my holidays lying down on a beach doing nothing!

I am constantly looking for new things to do, new adventures and new collaborations.”

Career History

Fernanda is an Interdisciplinary artist who has worked across theatre and dance for over 20 years. She has collaborated with many Brazilian and UK companies – her main collaboration being with the immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, working as Assistant Director, Performer and Rehearsal Director since 2007.

As a performer, Fernanda has worked with companies such as Jasmin Vardimon, Protein, Vincent Dance Theatre, Punchdrunk, Theatre Rites, Stan Wont Dance, Dani Lima, Quasar Dance Company and Carlotta Portella. Theatre productions include, Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour directed by Tom Morris and Timon of Athens and The Beggars Opera, directed by Lucy Bailey.

As both a choreographer and dramaturg, her work transitions between dance and theatre, developing new ways of working with movement, text and narrative. Fernanda has been commissioned to make work for a variety of different companies, and dance conservatoires.

As a teacher, Fernanda is interested in developing artists through an integrative approach, where both disciplines of theatre and dance can be used to enhance training. She has worked for Dance Conservatoires and Universities in the UK including Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, Mountview Academy of Arts and London Studio Centre.

Fernanda is also currently, a PhD researcher at De Montfort University, researching the integration of dance and theatre and ways a psychophysical method can be employed within dance training.

Professional activity

Fernanda joined NSCD as a Lecturer in Performance in 2017 and continues to work as a performer, choreographer and director.

Research interests

  • Performance Practice
  • Autoethnography and autobiography
  • Interdisciplinarity: dance, theatre and music
  • Immersive theatre and sensorial experiences
  • Performance art & audience participation

Performance and research artefacts

Prata, F (chor) (2020) Slot Project. Choreography for BA3 NSCD, Leeds.

Prata, F (chor) (2020) Kroppen Min. Choreography for graduation Stavenger University, NO

Prata, F (chor) (2018) An Open Book. Choreography for BA3 NSCD, Leeds. U.K

Seymour, J (dir) (2017) Urinetown: The Musical. Movement Direction and choreography by Fernanda Prata. The Pleasance Theatre, Islington.

Allum, D (2017) Carmen. Company Romany Theatre. Movement Direction and Choreography for R&D by Fernanda Prata. The Junction Theatre, Cambridge

Grihault, S (2017) Midsummer Nights Dream. Movement Direction and Choreography by Fernanda Prata. Caramel Theatre. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Prata, F (chor.) NÓS (2016). Commission by The Horniman Museum & Gardens

Prata, F (chor.) (2016) I Will Do All That Again. Choreography for 3rd years LCDS, BA Programme

Prata, F (chor.) (2016) Pororoca. Choreography for Trinity Laban CAT Programme

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

Prata, F (chor.) (2016) Family Portraits/Living. Choreography for Mountview Academy of Arts, London, UK

Prata, F (chor.) (2015) Never Look Back. Choreography for The Place CAT Programme.
London, UK

Prata, F (chor and movement dir.) (2014) NYDT. Movement Director.
London, UK

Barrett, F & Doyle, M (dir) (2013) The Drowned Man. Assistant Director, Rehearsal Director & Choreographer Associate. Punchdrunk. London, UK