Lia Rodrigues Rio de Janeiro

Born in 1956 in São Paulo, Lia Rodrigues studied history at the University of São Paulo and graduated in classical ballet. After having participated in the contemporary dance movement in São Paulo in the 1970s, she worked at the Compagnie Maguy Marin in France between 1980 and 1982, where she was involved in the creation of May b.

Back in Brazil, she founded the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças in Rio de Janeiro in 1990. Two years later, she created the annual Festival Panorama de Dança, which she directed until 2005.

Since 2004, Rodrigues has been developing artistic and educational projects in the Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with the association Redes da Maré. In 2009, she created the Centre des Arts de Maré (a space for creation, training and dissemination of the arts), and in 2011, the Escola Livre de Dança [Free School of Dance] in the Maré.

She is a recipient of the following awards: Medallion of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministry of Culture, France, 2005; Prince Claus Award, Netherlands, 2014; SACD Choreography Award, France, 2016; Critics’ Prize for the Choreographic Personality of the Year, France, 2019/2020.

Lia Rodrigues is an associate artist at the Théâtre National de Chaillot and Le CENTQUATRE in Paris.

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