After the study of verbal communication, through specializing in foreign languages and literatures, Mónica Roncon began focusing on the study of gesture, in silence and sound. That became the thread of her artistic career, started in 1991 with Flamenco and Spanish Classical Ballet at the Célia Neves School (Lisbon).
Several years of study in Portugal, Spain and Italy led her to question the conventional dance teaching and practice. She then entered a period of deconstruction and research of the artistic expression through contemporary dance: in this context she explored improvisation and choreographic, rhythmic and musical composition, as well as voice and sound in the body and of the body in voice and sound.
She went on to practice tai chi, kung-fu and several European and non-European dances, songs and rhythms, besides starting to explore a more energetic work through theater Nô, Butô and the more recent Body-Mind Centering. Not long after, she began the study of Integral Yoga and was introduced to Buddhist meditation.
In 2002 she started dedicating herself to the intensive study and practice of percussion instruments such as the darbuka, the riqq, the daff, the castanets, the cajón and many others from different origins. Very eclectic, she also carried in her luggage early studies of piano, guitar and singing.
Certified in Danza Duende®: Dancing our Lives, an International Network founded by Yumma Mudra, Monica Roncon teaches and explores dance within this ‘living laboratory’ since 2003. Danza Duende is the art of creating fields of wisdom, in which life, dance and art are envisioned and lived in a conscious interdependence: life is our greatest work of art (more here). Gipsy Duende is a branch of the Danza Duende network. It is inspired by traditional Romani dances as the art of transforming suffering by surrendering to the present moment. It is about discovering the spontaneous joy of our authentic movement and about recovering the freshness and sincerity of our gesture within a group synergy. In this context, she specialized in dance, music and rhythms of the Romani culture of several European countries (more here). Mónica teaches and does Danza Duende and Gipsy Duende performances in several countries of Europe and in Mexico.
Since 2015 she also teaches the Dragon Retreat: a 7 day retreat in nature developed around the alchemy of suffering through dance and art in its broadest sense. The Dragon Retreat is a preparation for the Cycle of the Dragon, which joins the Danza Duende principles with the skillful tools of Choreosophy (more here). Choreosophy is an artistic path developed by dancer Michel Raji, a quest in which the act of dancing becomes a path of knowledge. The dancer becomes his/her own laboratory, plunging deeply into the time of the body through the rhythm of the breath, the conscious precision of which opens internal and external spaces, micro and macro cosmic ones. This journey is one of opening ourselves to ‘listening’ to ourselves, so that we become that which we already are and thus manifesting, spontaneously, the symbolic dimension of our human nature.
Producer of the II International Festival of Danza Duende in 2013 in Serpa, Luso-Spanish Mónica frequently collaborates in Danza Duende & Choreosophy meetings and retreats as a translator and an interpreter as well, other of her professional activities, having recently translated a work on The Art and Science of Alchemy.
Art may lead us to a more humanised and realised society. In the simplicity of a gesture, one returns to the primordial word: sound and rhythm rediscovered and renewed in each inhale and exhale, in each in-pulse and ex-pulse, in each halt and each movement ... the soul dances in an eternal process of transformation, weaving an artistic path that reveals all the intelligence of the basically good intrinsic potential of the human being.