Devla Imperatrix

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About Me

Devla "Imperatrix" Mahler is a Model, Muse, Award-winning Performer and Choreographer, Global Business Entrepreneur (founder of franchises) and an International Public Figure. Introduced into Brazilian pop culture as an icon of elegance and sophistication by the legendary “Fred Astaire of Samba,” Carlinhos de Jesus, she made Carnival history by being the first foreign icon to perform for an audience of more than 100 million viewers during the Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade. Representing an elite cultural bridge between Brazil and the outside world, Imperatrix has lived in 20 different countries and fluently speaks 8 languages from which she perpetually draws her inspiration.

From the Balkans to the Middle East, from Spain to Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Americas, her performances have been an electrifying expression of her unique art. She has touched and mesmerized the world's most exceptional public figures, including musicians, artists, intellectuals and celebrities. Through the years, these select leading social figures have become her source of inspiration and her innermost circle for the creation of her unique and elevated expressions of beauty and art.

At just 15 years of age, after receiving an Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Award, she began her university studies at the University of Maryland Computer Science department, double majoring in Psychology. She was statistically the youngest female student ever to enroll at this rigorous program, and studied alongside noteworthy alumni of the likes of Sergei Brin (Google Founder). She then continued with The R.H. Smith School of Business, one of the world’s most renowned business institutions based in Washington DC, from which she also graduated with honors with degrees in Global Marketing Strategy and International Business. As one of the youngest students to have ever enrolled at the University, she was mentored by Peter Morici, a former United States Chief Economist.

Her journey as a virtuoso performer began in Andalusia and North Africa – specifically Sacro-Monte, (Sacred Mountain) home of the ancient mystical caves. In the lands of the ancient palace of Alhambra, the cradle of gypsy flamenco in Granada, she became the disciple of the most renowned and prestigious gypsy artistic dynasty of all time: the Amayas. It was here in this unique and magical context that her many years of arduous professional preparation as a trance inducing performer of the world's biggest stages began to develop through daily mastery.

She began her entrepreneurial career shortly after founding “Soul on Fire,” her performing arts company composed of the most outstanding international talent. By the age of 18 she began touring, and was invited to perform at the following top international festivals and theaters: the Marbella Film Festival, International Music Festival of Rabat, Puerto Rico's Cultural Festival, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Equestrian Circus Festival of Reims, the 6-star Medinat Al-Jumeira in the United Arab Emirates.

Her contribution to the arts also includes being cast in numerous national and international film productions. She has been interviewed by the famous Spanish journalist and icon, Jesus Quintero on his program, "El Loco de la Colina," and has starred in the prestigious Spanish program, "Flamenko." Her most recent company production performance was "Kali Prendia" ("Soul on Fire"). After brief tenure in Cirque du Soleil, she has toured the world receiving numerous Best Performance awards in various international music festivals – most recently the prestigious award for Best Spectacle by the President of the legendary Cirque d'Hiver du Paris, Emilien Buglione in 2011.

She was featured on best-selling covers of international newspapers & magazines Brazilian Globo, The New Yorker, Azra from the Balkans, Showbiz Avaz, Elite Daily among many others. She has also made appearances on a number of national prime time TV programs promoting her world tour.

Her career as a high fashion model began when world-famous high fashion photographer, Ruven Afanador, chose her as a muse for the exhibition and book Mil Besos. Catapulted into the fashion industry, she was often photographed wearing haute couture creations that were inspired by her dancing. Her vibrant, fascinating persona and unique life story came to life in Afanador’s portraits. These instant “fashion theater” classics premiered in New York City, Milan, Tokyo and Los Angeles as a homage to the passions and traditions of the soon-to-be-lost mystic Gypsy art form - the very same ancient art form that has heavily influenced the work of artists such as filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, as well as fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Oscar de La Renta, John Galliano and Diane von Furstenberg.

The Mil Besos Premier Events, which were all inaugurated internationally with her dancing images, hosted top fashion and entertainment industry figures from around the world. The exhibition of her images continues to travel the world, along with a book of portraits, Ruven's Women, which includes icons such as Iman, Eva Longoria and Heidi Klum.

After receiving several invitations to perform at Carnaval 2012 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, she accepted an on-air Brazilian Prime Time Television invitation from the No.1 Brazilian Pop Artist Elymar Santos and The Historic Samba Institution of Imperatriz Leopoldinense to be showcased as their muse at the Carnival Parade of 2012 at The Sambadromo. With the “Fred Astaire of Samba,” Carlinhos de Jesus, as her choreographer for this annual world-renowned parade, she became what many local journalists proclaimed to be, the first non-Brazilian icon to represent a Samba School in the history of the Carnaval. As the main destaque or “Showcased Icon” of the most important float of the procession, she mesmerized an audience of an estimated 100 million+ viewers around the world.

She created a sensation within the Rio de Janeiro Carnaval with her haute couture costume creations and unique form of Samba – one that seamlessly fused high fashion concepts from around the world with the numerous dance forms she has mastered through the years as an award winning performing artist.

In Brazil, she was quickly recognized as an icon of exceptional elegance and elevated artistic expression by Samba legends such as Carlinhos de Jesus, famed journalists such as Ancelmo Gois, Hildegard Angel and TV GLOBO, UOL and MSN Entertainment Networks and magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Bazaar. She was also paid homage to at the elite Orient Express Copacabana Palace Carnival Ball as Queen of Pearl that very same year in her stunning haute couture custom designed, Chanel inspired 5000+ all pearl creation.

She was the guest of honor on the nationwide prime time TV Show, “Samba de Primeira,” hosted by Jorge Perlingeiro, for his special birthday celebration show that year alongside featured guests including the top Brazilian artists Zeka Pagodinho, Dudu Nobre, Xande de Pilares from Grupo Revelacao, and the Brazilian hip-hop icon MC Naldo. She closed the show with an unforgettable performance alongside the renowned Brazilian recording artist Elymar Santos and The Samba School of Imperatriz Leopoldinense.

Imperatrix Amaia has 7+ years of choreographic and directing experience, and as a choreographer has been invited to teach internationally in more than 10 countries. Most notably, she was honorary professor at the Higher Conservatory of Dance in Granada, (The Superior School of Performing Arts), The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in D.C., Endanza Contemporary Dance Center in Seville, Cirque du Cheval in Paris and the Menezes Conservatory of Ballet in Rio. Her teaching contributions also included the Conservatory of Dance in Marbella, as well as Pro-Danza Professional Dance Center in Lisbon as well as the International Dance Academy of Hollywood. She was director of the Marbella, Spain-based itinerant performing arts school and company "Prendia," for five years where she instructed top tier professional entertainers from around the world.

As a celebrity activist, in 2013 Imperatrix publicly endorsed the One Billion Rising Movement, and dedicated her Carnival Queen crown to this enormously significant global V-Day Campaign. Through the means of this non-violent political action of unprecedented global mass influence and scale, she stood alongside V-day’s founder Eve Ensler, as a leading figure inspiring billions of men and women around the world to join forces and successfully rise together as one powerful, unstoppable, universal voice commanding the immediate global enforcement and prioritization of human rights for women and children across the world. Disrupting the status quo, and commanding attention with large scale public non-violent protests of dance and celebration in high profile, public squares and plazas across the world, on February 14th, 2013 billions of people rose in song and dance together exclaiming the immediate end to violence against women and children, and the world witnessed it’s first global grassroots ‘Carnivalesque’ political movement.

Imperatrix has recently relocated permanently to Los Angeles where she is currently the Director and Founder of Paradise, The Hypnosis Spa franchises located in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Arizona. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and it's implications within the scope of Transhumanism & Artificial intelligence.

"Devla Imperatrix, is the only foreign artist in the history of Carnaval that has been selected to be ‘Showcased’ in the 2012 Rio de Janeiro Carnaval Parade of the top-ranked Brazilian Samba School, Imperatriz Leopoldinense. Not only did she steal the show with her majestic charisma, style and sophistication, but has left an audience of millions around the world mesmerized at her capacity to express, with such universal appeal, what has always been considered a deeply rooted Brazilian art form."
Ancelmo Gois, O GLOBO - February 2012

"Without a doubt, Devla Imperatrix carves character into a dance of her life. Her love is her Art, and so is her life and devotion to the Highest Expressions of Beauty and Eros, eternally searching and longing for the expression of that, whirlwind, tidal, instant of the Purest Divine Lust."
Ruven Afanador - The New Yorker - July 20, 2011 -MIL BESOS: RUVEN AFANADOR’S WOMEN

"First impressions, Imperatrix is the presence of a grande statue of a Hindu deity, Kali or Durga, with an aura of unbridled feminine power but in her golden flamenco shoes, with matching passion like that of Parvati. No other word could be so fitting to describe Imperatrix than this three-deity - Shakti (which means power in Sanskrit).”
Director of Quintero Theater, Jesus Quintero, Sevilla 2010»

"When dancing, she's like a whirling dervish of dance. Mesmerizing in her spins with her long wild hair swirling. She really does represent power, destroyer, wanderer, lover, worshiper. Devotion is the description of this art and no one better expresses this reality than Imperatrix."
Date of broadcast: 29 September, 2009, Canal Sur 2, TV.


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