Dance for Sale

What is the value of dance?

Where is the place for dance to exist?

How much is dance worth to you?

Dance for sale plays at the interstices between public and privat spaces, between the logics of the state and of the market.

After many project applications by Ricardo de Paula in 2009, the solo Register was approved. However, the Pankow and Prenzlauer Berg districts of Berlin saw their budgets reduced and the sponsoring was again denied. So emerged a very persistent question: “How much does dance cost”?

Without the money to produce the piece, the support of a big institution or the mediation of a cultural manager, Grupo Oito chose to produce directly with the audience. The tent, located in a public area, is symbol of autonomy from the institutional art spaces. Lacking the support of the state, which should guarantee the right of everybody to participate in the cultural life, Grupo Oito did not give up and delivered the show.

Dance for Sale researches dance as a product. The “business with art” is the focus of its choreography. In Dance For Sale, Grupo Oito invites the audience to a dance market and leaves them in a space negotiating the price of art. Not only for sale, but also à la carte. The menu has about 20 varieties of solos, duos, or little phrases with up to four dancers. The principle is simple: those who get inside, watch and decide how much to pay. The rest stay outside. The adaptation and renewal is a central part of the concept, keeping the same structure, the dances performed inside the tent and people involved are always changing.

Das Ganze ist ein Riesenspaß mit tieferem Hintersinn.

― Volkmar Draeger (neues deutschland ).
ProductionGrupo Oito
VenueAcademia Jangada
Funded by
Grupo Oito
First production supported by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin as part of the project in/out series.
Production in Lille supported IDANS Festival, Istanbul
Production in Kenya supported by Goethe Institut.
PartnersBallhaus Naunynstrasse, Goethe Institut
Artistic DirectionRicardo de Paula
Creation & PerformanceNatalie Riedelheimer, Miro Wallner, Marlene Kahl, Laura Alonso, Thiago Rosa, Guilherme Morais, Tito Casal
AssistanceMartina Garbelli, Caroline Alves
SoundPeti Costa
SupportNasheeka Nedsreal


May | Helmholtzplatz (Performing Art Festival) | Berlin


September | Ballhaus Naunynstraße | Berlin

June | Tom Mboya Square | Nairobi


April | Ballhaus Naunynstraße | Berlin

January | Ballhaus Naunynstraße | Berlin


May | Hoftheater Kreuzberg | Berlin


October | Idans 05 Festival | Istanbul


May | Theater L´Antre2 | Lille

March | Ballhaus Naunynstraße | Berlin

Performers / ChoreographiesJohanna Mantel, Nicole Böehme, Susy Oesterreicher, Melanie Pruvost, Ricardo de Paula, Zé de Paiva, Vanessa von Heydebreck, Xica Lisboa, Elisa Vázquez, Carmen Regner, Lara Russo, 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, Vanessa von Heydebreck, Jana Heilmann, Carlos Frevo, Bianca Avisati, Caroline Alves, Martina Garbelli, Neema Bagamuhunda, Jack Bryton, Kefa Oiro, Juliette Omollo, Beth Mwangi, Davillah Skynnor, John Otieno
LightIrene Selka
SoundChaim Gebber, Johanna Mantel, Jacobo Blasco