Lia Rodrigues Rio de Janeiro

Lia Rodrigues is born in 1956 in São Paulo where she graduated in classical ballet and studied History at the University of São Paulo. After participating in the contemporary dance movement in São Paulo in the 1970s, she joined the Compagnie Maguy Marin / France between 1980 and 1982 where she participated in the creation of May b.

Back in Brazil, she founded the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças in 1990, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1992, she created the annual contemporary dance festival Panorama de Dança which she directed until 2005.

Since 2004, she has been developing artistic and educational projects in the favela of Maré in Rio de Janeiro in partnership with the association Redes da Maré. In 2009, they created the Arts Center of Maré (space for creation, training and dissemination of arts) and in 2011 the Free School of Dance of Maré.

She received the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal from the French government in 2005; in 2014 the Prince Claus Foundation of the Netherlands award and in 2016 the SACD / France Choreography Prize; in 2019/2020 the Choreographic Personality of the Prix de la Critique / France award list.

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

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