This year, Lia Rodrigues brings to us her critically-acclaimed work MA. "The dramatic universe of this work unfolds through different movements of the everyday life of mothers and their never ending tasks: babies, diapers, buckets, basins. . . endlessly.
"The word mother has, apparently one one origin.
"In Latin Mother is mater, in Greek meter, in German mutter, in French mère, in Portuguese mãe, in sanskrit ma or mata.
"Everything probably began with one of the fundamental sounds uttered by the species: the sound of a baby yearning for a mothers breast."
MA will be danced by Denise Thereza Stutz, Marcela Levi, Micheline Torres and Cláudia Muller
"In MA Lia Rodrigues translates the sufferings and joy of motherhood, in a sophisticated expressionistic style...a powerful vision, dramatic, always very pure..." -- Figaro/France/1996:
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Ms. Rodrigues graduated in classical ballet by the Escola de Bailado de São Paulo. In 1977, she founded the Grupo Andança awarded by the Art Critics Association of São Paulo as The Best New Company in 1978.
Between 1980 and 1982, Ms. Rodrigues worked at the Compagnie Maguy Marin, in Paris, France, where she had the opportunity of performing throughout Europe.
Back in Brazil, she made her residence in Rio de Janeiro where she founded in 1990, Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças.
In 1990 and 1991 she received the Dance Prize Movimentos de Dança of SESC- Consolação.
Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças has been performing in major Brazilian contemporary dance events, besides having participated in the Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition, Tel Aviv, Israel in 1994 where her creation Ma was among the 8 best choreographies.
1994 - Mambembe's Prize awarded by Brazilian Ministry of Culture for Best Choreographer.
1995 - her new creation Folia granted by Vitae Foundation.
1995 - Premio Estimulo by Brazilian Ministry of Culture.
1996 - Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças performed in Lyon, France, co-produced with the Biennal de la Danse.
1996 - Ms. Rodrigues was nominated for the Mambembe's Prize awarded by Brazilian Ministry of Culture Language integration Dance - Sound Track.
1997 - Ms. Rodrigues was invited by M. Jean-Yves Lormeau to choreograph for Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater Ballet.
1997 - Folia performed at the 3rd Annual FLA/BRA Florida-Brazil Festival in Miami, Florida, USA.
Since 1992, Ms. Rodrigues has been the Artistic Director of Panorama da Dança Contemporanea, a dance festival sponsored annually by the Government of the City of Rio de Janeiro.