Three dark-skinned dancers in rich red skirts and head wraps move swiftly across a stage carrying a basin

Contempo Physical Dance – LAVADEIRAS - March 24 to March 25

Contempo Physical Dance presents the premiere of LAVADEIRAS, a full-length work choreographed by Marciano Silva dos Santos inspired by the Afro-Brazilian washerwomen of Brazil. With original music composition by Divan Gattamorta, who utilizes audio by documentarian Edileuza Penha de Souza, this work is inspired by the music and dance that has been passed down for centuries. Their history begins with slave women who earned money for their masters by washing clothes in the rivers. While doing so they sang and danced to keep their spirits joyful despite hard work. These women held on to enough profits to eventually free themselves and their families.

Our world is filled with uncertainty and hardship. More than ever, we need to come together and be unified and the washerwomen inspire this, making it undeniable that we need music, dance and human connection.

Featuring Dancers: Melissa Clark, Suzette Gilreath, Tumelo Khupe, Ryan-Olivia Lundy, Mary Mailand Schlichting and Monica Merino.

Friday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30pm

This performance runs approximately 55 minutes.
Tickets: $5-$15 available through The O’Shaughnessy ticket office in person, by calling 651-690-6700 or at

Location Info

The Frey Theater
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Contact Info

Jenny Pennaz