Cashews, flowers, single-celled animals, rivers, centipedes, frogs, snakes, porpoises, bees, grasshoppers, fungi, underwater environments, skies and stars.



60 minutes

25 Nov


26 Nov


A Brazilian encantado is a kind of magical being driven by unknown forces, moving between heaven and earth, in jungles, on rocks, in fresh and salt water, in dunes, in plants and transforming them into sacred places. Choreographer Lia Rodrigue's colourful and challenging work was created in the aftermath of Covid19 to explore how we can cast a spell on our fears and make us part of the collective with closeness to each other and a new way of encountering each other.

About "Encantado"

The word 'encantado', which comes from the Latin incantatus, refers to something that is or has been the subject of an enchantment. It is also synonymous with wonder, dazzle or fascination. 

Picture gallery Encantado. Click on the images to enlarge.
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About Lia Rodrigues

Lia Rodrigues was born in 1956 in São Paulo, Brazil. She studied classical ballet and history at the University of São Paulo, where she participated in the city's contemporary dance movement in the 1970s. In 1980, she joined Maguy Marin's company. After a number of years abroad, she returned to Brazil in 1990 and founded the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças in Rio de Janeiro, a centre that offered a programme of research, creation, courses and rehearsals. In 1992, she established the Panorama Festival in Rio and ran it for 14 years.

Since 2004, her company has helped develop outreach and artistic activities in the Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro, in collaboration with the NGO Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré. This collaboration led to the Maré Art Centre, opened in 2009, and the Maré Free Dance School, open since October 2011. Rodrigues believes in synergies between art and social processes.

Her previous works include: What we are made of (2000), Formas Breves (2002), Incarnate (2005), Poetry workshops (2008), Pororoca (2009), Piracema (2011), Pindorama (2013), Para que o Céu nao Caia (2016), Fúria (2018) and Encantado (2021).

She has received the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters medal from France, the Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands in 2014 and the Prix Chorégraphie de la SACD in France in 2016. In 2019, she was named best choreographer of the year by Tanz magazine 2019 and in 2020 she was awarded the Prix de la Critique Danse for "dance personality of the year".


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25 November

After-talk with choreographer Lia Rodrigues and Corina Oprea, Curator and Doctor of Philosophy and Art.

About Corina Oprea

Corina Oprea is a curator, editor and educator focusing on contemporary art, visual and performance culture. She has served as editor of L'Internationale Online, the digital platform for research and art from a network of over 15 leading European museums and art organisations, and as a lecturer at HDK-Valand in Gothenburg. Between 2017 and 2018 she was artistic director of Konsthall C in Stockholm. Corina holds a PhD from the University of Loughborough-UK and is the curator of Timisoara 2023 - European Capital of Culture. Oprea was born in Bucharest in 1981 and currently lives and works in Stockholm.