Grupo Oito

founded by

is a Berlin-based

contemporary dance collective

the Brazilian choreographer

Ricardo De Paula

in 2006

CONTEXT

Concrete and parks full of harsh contrasts of lived realities right next to each other, high pace of daily life, and little looking back in the streets, islands of self-organization, and art arising from the margins: Berlin seems to be a miracle ever suspended in a vertigo caused by rapid changes and a soft melancholy that only a few years back everything has been different. As a dramatic and vivid city where people with very different cultural and social backgrounds come together, Berlin has always been an undercover protagonist in the work of Grupo Oito. Whereas the city has been the scenery to some work, its political urgencies are crucial questions dealt with in other artistic projects.

Grupo Oito works in the free scene and, as an intercultural conglomerate, is committed to displaying plurality on Berlin’s stages. Since its foundation, Grupo Oito works with dance, theater, and video to develop approaches towards political questions: The collective researches the relationship between the individual and contemporary society and is especially interested in how this relationship is racialized and gendered.

Artistical,

physical

lay at the heart

and political resistance

of the work.

In the work of Grupo Oito, the body is understood as a site where inscriptions of social identities meet and intersect. Based on these inscriptions the body is legible – or rather the body is thought of as being legible. Dance can be an approximation to the physical manifestations of the conditions we live in and reveal stereotypical images of the body and their significations. And yet, the dancing body makes tangible what is before and beyond those norms by putting at stake its specific physicality, sensitivity, limits, and, occasionally, its unexpected strength. Dance can be a tool to destabilize what is taken for granted. It can open up spaces for dancers and audience alike to make sensorial and aesthetic encounters with different perspectives on the body and the society it moves through. Dance can be a powerful practice to manifest the political potential of the body in the ways it moves, and especially in the ways it encounters others and interacts and creates together.

These politics build the foundation for the Get Physical Process, a movement practice developed by Ricardo De Paula. Techniques from Contemporary Dance, Capoeira Angola, Body Mind Centering, and Contact Improvisation flow into this method and create a unique practice that makes the body stronger, more resilient, and more sensitive while being respectful about its history and peculiarity. The Get Physical Process aims at creating encounters between bodies, opening up spaces for a multiplicity of bodily knowledge to be shared and nourished, and for political and artistic development to be manifest in movement.

Grupo Oito researches modes of discrimination, especially racism, from a postcolonial and feminist perspective, developing practices of resistance and empowerment. The members of the collective have diverse cultural, social, and artistic backgrounds and hence bring varied, multifaceted voices and bodies to the studio and to the creative processes.


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.

Collective
Colaborators & Guest Performers
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Contributors

Uma Alonso de Paiva, Flora Kountouriotis, 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, 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.