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Lia Sfoggia and Guilherme Bertissolo
Lia Sfoggia and Guilherme Bertissolo
Guilherme Bertissolo

Born in Porto Alegre, Guilherme Bertissolo, is a Brazilian composer and professor of Composition and Music Theory at the Music School of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil. He holds a graduation in Classical Guitar (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil), a Master in Music Composition (Federal University of Bahia/Brazil) and a Ph.D. in Composition from the Federal University of Bahia, advised by Paulo Costa Lima; for his dissertation he developed research as an invited scholar at the University of California, Riverside, advised by Paulo C. Chagas. He received many awards for his composition in Brazil and abroad such as the “I Prêmio de Música Contemporânea da Bahia” (2015), the “Funarte Prize for Classical Music” (Brazil, 2012 and 2016), the “C.A.R.L. Residency” (California/USA, 2012), the “Fernando Burgos Composition Prize” (Brazil, 2011) and the “10th Carl von Ossietzky Composition Prize” (Germany, 2010). Bertissolo’s compositions included many pieces for dance and video. His works have been widely performed Brazil, Europe (Germany, Portugal) and the USA.

Lia Sfoggia

Lia Sfoggia is a Brazilian dancer, choreographer and physical educator. Sfoggia obtained her B.A. in Dance and Physical Education at the Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Sul (State University of Rio Grande do Sul) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul), respectively. Sfoggia graduated in 2010 with a M.F.A in Dance from the Federal University of Bahia. Her graduate research focused on Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis and Dance Composition. She earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at the UFBA, focusing Capoeira as a source for artistic processes in Dance. Sfoggia has more than fifteen years of experience studying and teaching Brazilian Dance and Capoeira. From 2009-2011, she was an Assistant Professor at University of Bahia and acting undergraduate advisor in the Dance Department. In 2010, Sfoggia was awarded the distinguished Yanka Rudzka Prize for Dance Composition and the C.A.R.L. Residency, Barbara and Culver Center of Arts, University of California, in 2011.