Grupo Oito

founded in 2006

is a Berlin-based

contemporary dance collective

by the Brazilian choreographer

Ricardo De Paula


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.

Since its foundation, the work of the group is characterized by the use of dance, theatre and video as tools to answer political questions to question the relationship between the individual and the contemporary society.



have been the key points of the work,

and the role of art and artist

and physical resistance

together with race

and gender question

in society.

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.


We are

Grupo Oito

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.

Colaborators & Guest Performers

Melanie Pruvost, Samantha Franchini, Bori Szente, Carmen Regner, Elisa Vázquez, Eva Ibanhez, Hannah Buckley, Johanna Mantel, Juliana Piquero, Nicole Böhme, Susanne Oesterreicher, Verónica Garzón, Xica Lisboa, Catalina Fernández, Irene Selka, Jacobo Blasco, Iury Trojaborg, Ferri Borbas, Kunle Kuforisi, Arianne Vitale, Ana Izquierdo, Boris Laaser, Elitza Nanova, Elma Rizza, Esra Rotthoff, Fanilatac, Kathleen Kunath, Lars Mylius, Merit Fakler, Theo Solnik, Vanessa von Heydebreck, Lara Ruso, Ças-Çapulcu Esin, Ezgi Zeynep, Hilal Sibel, Idil Sener, Özlem Kaya, Yunus Başaran, Yusuf Aydemir, Anajara Amarante, Charlotte Böttger, Hannah Jäkel, Johanna Strass, Melanie Brädlin, Philip Graul, Roberta Ruggiero, Samuel Moos, Tizo All, Bianca Jordá, Carlos Frevo, Jana Heilmann, Beth Mwangi, Davillah Skynnor, Jack Bryton, John Otieno, Juliette Omollo, Kefa Oiro, Neema Bagamuhunda, Monica da Costa, Cynthia Rangel, Andrea Krohn, Irineu Marcovecchio, Kefa Oiro, Ana Jordao, Olga Ramirez, Katalin Szücs, Roberto de Buenos Aires, Fausta Scarangella, Jana Heilmann, Vicky Barakaki, Anne Vogel, Can Kahya, Claudia Oehler, Lena Pansegrau, Lina Marie, Mareike Luzia, Melody Makeda, Ronja Stegman, Alex Friedland, Andrea Wojtynek, Andreas Kebelmann, Andy Göbel, Brigit Masekowitz, Clara Rodriguez, Dieter Rauch, Fabiano Lima, Felix Ruckert, Gustavo Soeiro, Hannah Jäkel, Ilka Sander Mass, Julieta Jacobi, Klaus, Wojtynek, Lilli Kirchmann, Lisa Azar Carl, Luca Kögler, Malte Zacharias, Maryvonne Riedelsheimer, Thomas Weppel, Alba Lorca, Ben Toussaint, Brita Helbig, Chaim Gebber, Eva Streitberger, Franziska Pack, Karin Kirchhoff, Martina Dünkelmann, Octavio Ortega, Renato Santos, Sylvia Keller, Wagner Carvalho, Wolfgang Schröm, Zula Lemes.