RTLA: Bruno Vinhas and Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan

Bruno Vinhas' Body House and Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan’s Calling the Wind, are the 9th recipients of the Roberta Thomas Legacy Award. Each receiving $1000 to fund their respective projects.


Body House is the second collaboration

between St. John’s-based textile design – theatre artist Bruno Vinhas and dance-theatre artist Corie Kean. This time Bruno and Corie will also work (via distance) with Italian visual and dance artist Valentina Gaia Lops to create a multidisciplinary installation that draws from dance, text, photography, video and textile art in its storytelling. Sharon King-Campbell is the dramaturg for the work. Weaving together a series of autobiographical accounts of people’s relationships with their own bodies, Body House takes its inspiration from one of Valentina’s photography projects, Amor Proprio, and asks the question: Is it selfish to love oneself?



Calling the Wind is a collaboration project between two artists from Brazil, Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan (mover/dancer) and Ana Luisa Ramos (singer/songwriter). The inspiration for this work started from the observation of the weather here in the Island, from both artists. The wind is always present here even when there is no wind. Exploring wind-thrown movement brings insight to create art, sounds, vibrations, density, velocity; all these nuances and qualities are what have given Vanessa and Ana Luisa the impulse to experiment and create this piece.