collaborative projects

2010 | choreography for pavements, pedestrians and pigeons

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A partnership with filmmaker and multimedia artist Paola Barreto and a team of about 20 artists and technicians. Eleven dancers made a series of stealth choreographic interventions at Largo do Machado square, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The performance is a real time composition, where performers follow rules and previously rehearsed diagrams of movement and at the same time they interact with pedestrians, architecture and unforeseen momentary situations. The rehearsed movements recall ordinary actions, daily urban gestures, the pace of time of pedestrians in such a way that the performers mix with the the people who are passing by the square, confusing the distinction between who is “acting” and who is “living”.

The interventions are recorded daily, for two months. A huge database of images of the neighborhood’s daily live is created. These images are added to the images transmitted in real time and projected during a “live cinema” performance happening simultaneously to the performance taking place on the square. The audience can choose how to watch the work: at ground level in the square, among the performers; at the Oi Futuro café, watching the images and sounds being edited in real-time; at the church tower, with binoculars and mp3 players, choosing their own view frame; or through online video streaming.

Choreography for pavements, pedestrians and pigeons” intends to cast a careful gaze upon Largo do Machado’s neighborhood, its architecture and landscape, users, daily life, past and present memories and contribute to rediscover the poetic potential of the public space. Reinforcing the idea that streets are spaces for experimentation, highlighting daily life experiences and constructing common values and the community as poetic force.


conception and direction of choreography: Dani Lima
conception and direction of videoinstallation:  Paola Barreto
performers: Alice Ripoll, Ana Pi, Átila Calache, Eléonore Guisnet, , Gimena de Mello, Juliana Medella, Luar Maria, Luciana Costa, Thiago Gomes e Tony Hewerton
choreography assistant: Laura Samy
video editing: Alexandre Antunes
fotos: Thiago Britto, Paola Barreto, Lola Vaz, Dani Lima,
videos: Thiago Britto, Alexandre Antunes, Paola barreto editing assistant: Lucas Canabravo
soundtrack and sound engineering: David Cole
camera: Thiago Britto e Guilherme Guerreiro
production director: Verônica Prates
executive producer: Isa Avellar

2010 | for my daughter

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Dani Lima’s solo project in collaboration with choreographers João Saldanha and Marcela Levi. Project selected by  Rumos Itaú Cultural Dança program 2009/2010. In progress.

To speculate about an idea of femininity articulated upon two iconic references: pinup girls and the princess archetype in children imaginary. On one side, curves / distortions / obliquities involving the pelvis, the shoulders, the spine, the head and the eyes, inscribing certain qualities into the body and into the movement  identified in common sense as sensual and feminine. On the other side, the romanticism of princesses and their eternal longing for the prince charming that will rescue them from despair. The construction of an idea of femininity connected to the illusion of eternal love.

What kind of subversion can emerge when you turn something that is considered natural into something artificial? How can the shift of certain concepts inscribed into the body unveil a value system that bases our perception, establishing roles and power relations? How can new ways of thinking about femininity emerge from loopholes in these constructs?

The project’s proposal is to share with two other artists who have artistic references to femininity in their background – João Saldanha and Marcela Levi –  and create a kind of mosaic of interpretations about the same subject. To work with interlocutors as a way of investing in the “relational knowledge” constructed and structured in affectionate relationships, in the game of experience with alterity.

2008 | she and something else – study for a banal solo

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Wandering about the daily poetics, the ordinary actions that constitute the everyday life, and, however and for that very reason, pass unnoticed. Study created for the 2008 SESC Dance Solos/Rio de Janeiro, in collaboration with Micheline Torres.

concept and direction: Dani Lima and Micheline Torres
collaboration: Alex Cassal and Denise Stutz
soundtrack: Lucas Marcier
lighting design: Paulo Cesar Medeiros
photos: Bruno Veiga, Alex Cassal
creation and performance: Dani Lima


“With Ela e mais alguma coisa (She and Something Else) Dani Lima and Micheline Torres investigate the most usual feminine gesture, the one that pervades every day but is never revealed. The quality of what is presented, still in the shape of a full process of choreographic elaboration, is the spare tenderness of those who experience this gesture not as a product, but as something that exists in its own usual, almost trivial dimension, so commonplace it almost goes unnoticed.”
Roberto Pereira | Jornal do Brasil

“With  Ela e mais alguma coisa, Dani Lima, in partnership with Micheline Torres, seeks to create an environment in which dance loses any extraordinary qualities. The list of events that make up a day, almost all of them unimportant, serves as a backdrop to deal with dance as one of those events (…) Dani Lima’s presence oscillates between a state of near regular stillness and states in which she allows herself to be invaded by dance and she shows that, in her body, dance points to other designs.”
Silvia Soter | O Globo

“The intimacy of the body, flip-flops, pants, shirt, staring at the audience, about to say something, dancing or being still. The body almost moving. The body thinking about what to do. (…) We talk about contemporary dances that are so called because they think about the body as means to rethink its own dance, one that is not made only of stored, reproduced or composed steps, either in a new or an old configuration, but one made of a body that contains memory, histories full of stories and, therefore, images that expose the substance of the body.”
Nirvana Marinho | Polêmica Imagem

2002 | inside-outside

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Space, body, proprioception sense, fragmentation, presence – absence, reflexivity, ambiguous spatiality, changing places between observer and observed.

Performance with the installation White space between 4 walls, by visual artist Tatiana Grinberg, 11º Panorama de Dança, Rio de Janeiro, 2002


creation: Dani Lima, Clarice Silva, Mônica Burity and Vivian Miller
objects, video direction and editing: Tatiana Grinberg