Grupo Oito is a professional independent dance collective based in Berlin and founded in 2006 by the Brazilian choreograph Ricardo De Paula.
Since its foundation, the work of the group is characterized by the use of dance, theatre and video as tools to answer political questions or to question the relationship between the individual and the contemporary society. Artistical, political and physical resistance have been the key points of the work, together with race and gender question and the role of art and artist in society.
As the members of the group come from different countries and have various artistic and professional backgrounds, the confrontation with the topics mentioned above is varied, multifaceted and therefore very fertile.
Berlin, a city where people with very different cultural and social backgrounds come together, has always been the scenery but also the least common denominator and undercover protagonist of the artistic work of Grupo Oito, which also has the ambition to display this plurality and interculturality on the Berlin stages.
In the 6 years long collaboration with Ballhaus Naunynstraße Grupo Oito contributed to enlarge the post migrant discourse on stage (i.e. about the perspective of black people in postcolonial context).
In the work of Grupo Oito the body is understood as a place where ethnic, social and gender ascription meet and coexist. In the body interaction, we build cultural identities and social affiliations. Dance is therefore a powerful practice and tool to investigate the conditions that we live in and to create situations where dancers and audience can experience these conditions in a performative way.
The dancing body can reveal ingrained and stereotypical attitudes and through the conscious perception of his individual structure, sensitivity, limits and occasionally unexpected strength can make experienceable to others something that overrule the norms.
The foundation of this approach and the base for the movement research is called Get Physical Process, developed by Ricardo De Paula: Body-Mind-Centering, Capoeira Angola, Contact Improvisation and different contemporary dance techniques are the main leverages that flow into this method and create a unique blend which aim is to make the body stronger, more resilient, more sensitive and respectful about its history and peculiarity.