currently till 04/2019 at residenzPlusAfroT at Villa Waldberta, Munich, Germany

18, December 2018.



Mario Lopes

      As Articulator – choreographer/ Choreographer – articulator, I have been researching and investigating “conflicts of social norms and foreign bodies”. Mobility, encounters, crossings and compositions, social norms and their repercussions on the body and movement. I am constantly searching to recognize, despite distances and differences, another way of creating, a convergence of ideas that helps to displace my own actions.
Although this coming and going does not always imply the cognitive openness necessary to the apprehension of other worlds, the power of the act is to position myself within the reach of the senses: to change the body of place is to expose myself to sensations not yet experienced. The contact with diverse realities, along with the occupation of distinct architectural spaces and the relationship with those who live here/there, constitute an opportunity for the acquisition of knowledge, for estrangement of myself and for artistic creation from renewed points of view.

Within the cultural market with its formed and pre-established spaces I have always perceived myself as a strange body. I did not study cultural management neither was trained as a choreographer. So this in-between place makes me readapting constantly and demands well-articulated movements.

The anatomical terminology of joints or articulation describes well this in-between status, a point of union assuring on the same time great mobility to all the connected body parts. Bringing people together and proposing mobility is the role I see myself doing with conscience and projections for continuity. As a choreographer I am aware of the physical principles. I suggest and activate spaces, that via a specific format organize bodies / objects / sound and light.

Associação HumanizaVida de Apoio e Cultura

since 2004 – São Paulo

is a non-profit association aiming to humanize spaces in the area of health and education through the arts. I am co-founder, was president from 2004 to 2015. Since 2015 I act as vice president.

HUMA VIDA Produções

since 2009 – São Paulo

is an agency for cultural management focusing on the promotion and circulation of works and projects that seek social change. I am founder and the executive director.

From 2002 to 2008 “Artes Integradas no Ilha de Vera Cruz” a project and pedagogical method of including art education in the adults alphabetization at the School Vera Cruz, São Paulo. The project was shortlisted for the IX – Prêmio Arte na Escola Cidadã 2008.

From 2001 to 2008 “Mestre Salas” a project for hospital humanization brought art into the waiting rooms for palliative cancer treatment at the Hospital das Clinicas, São Paulo. In 2006 the project was awarded with the award for hospital humanization by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and invited to the International Congress of Hospital Humanization at São Paulo and Venice.

Awards and grants:

2019   Grant for a Curator Residence by Kulturreferat München

2017   Grant for a Curator Residence by Kulturreferat München

   Grant for working period at Goethe-Institut Salvador

   Grant for a Curator Residence by Kulturreferat München

   Premio Caixa Cultural, rewarded for the choreographic works VRUM and

   Grant for a Curator Residence by Kulturreferat München

   Grant for the participation at MovimientoSUR by the Goethe-Institut e Siemens Foundation

   Grant for a Curator Residence by Kulturreferat München

   Grant for an artist residence at Gallery Lothringer13 Munich, Germany

   Prêmio Arte
na Escola, shortlisted for the 5 best projects for art at school for youngsters and adults shortlisted for the 150 best projects in culture and health by the Ministry fo Culture

   Grant for the theatre seminar with the master Sotigui Kouyatê at SESC Consolação, São Paulo

Participation in festivals and biennals:

08/2018  “Movimento I, parado é suspeito” at Akademie der Künste within 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

    5th Internationales Choreografenatelier – Tanztendenz e.V Munich.

    2nd Festival Internacional de Arte Negra – Afrotrancendence at RedBull Station, São Paulo

  MovimientoSUR 2014 – International Interference between Dance and Architecture by Goethe-Institut Chile and Siemens Foundation at Santiago do Chile/Valparaiso

    presentation of “Vrumvrumzinho”at the Festival Internacional Paideia de Teatro para infância e juventude: Uma Janela para a Utopia, São Paulo

    commissioned work “entre” for the 11th International Dance Biennial SESC in Santos

    work residence at Gallery Lothringer13 in Munich




Choreographic articulation creates spaces of interference and enables people to meet, share, conflict, reflect, to displace themselves and construct other narratives. I search to build up spaces of collectiveness, residencies of convivence, entangled localities and mobile formats of sharing practices and responsibilities.

Projects as articulator-choreographer

artistic residence


plattformPLUS is a program that reaches beyond the obvious expected from the encounter with the “other” and “another” culture. Divers projects, co-operations and co-productions have been developed since 2008 involving more than 90 artists mainly in Brazil and Germany in partnership with the association Lusofonia e.V.
One main activity have been artistic residencies. Since 2009 residenzPLUS has received more than 50 artists. The partnership with the Villa Waldberta and the support of the city of Munich has been key for it to happen, since 2013. In the Villa Waldberta the concept focuses on collective practices of the invited artists and encourages collaborative work and exchange with the Munich scene. Since 2016 the field of action of residenzPLUS has broaden beyond the connection Munich – São Paulo, taking into account the complexity of the artistic research of the invited artists and their meaningful connections all over the world.

Besides the residenzPLUS the plattformPLUS has realized a number of events, like literature salons, co-productions and their touring, workshops and seminar of invited artists.


The Villa Waldberta is unique in its architecture, history and geographic location and influences from the first encounter significantly the resident artists in their work processes. What happens to the work itself, the questions and the artistic processes, when they land in the winter in a landscape of lakes? And how does this shift transform the production itself?


Three months is a short migration period for artists, enough time yet to pass passport control, feel strange / alien and want to arrive at the same time. Since December 2014 some of the artists have traveled to Chile, Brazil and Mexico, and the seven will meet again in 2016 in Germany. When the artists arrive at Villa Walberta, they have already traveled and experienced different paths.
In Munich they want to explore the meaning of migrating, of migrating wanting, not wanting, wanting, out of obligation.

How does a body behave that moves between the borders, that immigrates and migrates? Where am I with my body, when center and periphery are predefined? How can the southern / peripheral body draw another relationship for the encounter and foster a new dialogue.

collaborator, partner and supporter

Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Lusofonia e.V, Tanztendenz, Schwere Reiter, Goethe-Institut e.V., SESC Sao Paulo, Färberei, Kosk, Import_Export, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Gasteig BlackBOX.


01- 03/2019
residenzPlusAfroT, curated by Diane Lima and me, invites seven black artists from Brazil and Mozambique to the Villa Waldberta, Munich
artists: Ana Paula Mathias, Diane Lima, Grace Passo, Guinho Nascimento, Iagor Peres, Lenna Bahule, Malu Avelar and Mahal Pita.

04 – 05/2017
residenzPLUS_ALBUMKODEX invites eight artists from South America to Munich
artists: Arely Pérez Landeros, Dandara Modesto, Guinho Nascimento, Martin Lanz, Paulo Monarco and Rubens Oliveira.
guests: Antonio Ramos and Diane Lima.

01 – 03/2016
residenzPLUS_MoviSUR invites eight artists from South America to the Villa Waldberta, Munich
artists: Barbara Foulkes, Caroline Ricca Lee, Dandara Modesto, Danilo Oliveira, Michelle Moura, Martin Lanz, Pat Black and Paulo Monarco.

residenzPLUS _TREPP/Ôctôctô invites eight artists from Brazil to Munich
artists: Coletivo DMV22 with Achiles Luciano, Marina Massoli, Victor Pardinho and Ôctôctô with Cibele Palopoli, Ednaldo Santos, Felipe Roque, Luis Santiago, Márcio Modesto, Miguel Antar, Rubens de Oliveira and Yuri Prado.

01 – 03/2013
residenzPLUS – Coletivo+BR13, curated by Isabel Hölzl and me, invites eight artists from Brazil.
artists: Achiles Luciano, Bernardo Galegale, Gabriel Spinosa, Isabel Hölzl, Leo Cavalcanti, Marina Massoli and Mônica Burity. Remote artist: Gustavo Vaz

residenzPLUS + “Standpunkt” at Tanztendenz, Munich
invited artists: Gabriel Catillo, Key Sawao, Ricardo Iazzetta, Samuel Hölzl and Theo Iazzetta.

residenzPLUS, curated by Isabel Hölzl, Helena Ramos and me, in Munich
artists: Denilson Oliveira, Ligia Oliveira, Key Sawao, Regina Oliveira and Ricardo Iazzetta.

residenzPLUS, curated by Isabel Hölzl and me, in Munich
artists: Opovoempé with Ana Luiza Leão, Cristiane Zuan Esteves, Graziela Mantoanelli, Manuela Afonso, Paula Lopez, Solas do Vento with Bruno Rudolf and Ricardo Rodrigues, Pedro Lima Quarteto with Eduardo Marques, Gabriel Spinosa, Mano Bap and Pedro Lima.

residenzPLUS, curated by Isabel Hölzl and me, in Munich
artists: Carla Lopes, Eduardo Pitta, Gabriel Spinosa, Ignácio de Loyola Brandão, Jean-Luc Jossa, Luis Hölzl, Paulinho Silva and Rita Gullo.


itinerant residence


VeículoSUR is a platform to propel artistic network. Since 2015 it proposes itinerant international residencies to create encounter and dialog between artists of different backgrounds. It realizes a constant journey of movement and reflection, a dislocation from south to north. The platform is an invitation to approach the economic, social, political and artistic contexts of every place, acknowledging local ways of art production. Thus, different models of creation and production are set in dialog. The concept of a “northern” reference point is put into perspective, configurating new and multiple “norths”, independent of geo-political conventions.
VeículoSUR 2018 curated by Marcela Olate, Maelys Meyer, Thais Ushirobira and me, brought local and foreign artists to Montevideo/ Uruguay, Santiago/ Chile, São Paulo/ Brazil, Lyon/ France and Munich/ Germany. At each location, artists of different languages and idioms participated in a collective artistic processes. In every city the dynamics between our bodies and the environment were worked out, integrating architecture, urban planning and social norms. Despite of the large distances and differences between the locations, it focused other ways of producing and realizing ideas, rethinking our own actions and reproducing them in other places.

collaborator, partner and supporter

INAE – Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas – Uruguai, GEN – Centro de Arte e Ciência – Montevidéo, CCE – Centro Cultural Espanha – Santiago do Chile, Coletivo la Vitrina, Sesc – Serviço Social do Comércio – São Paulo, Emmetrop – Bourges, NTH8 Theatre – Lyon, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Lusofonia e.V, Tanztendenz, Schwere Reiter, Goethe-Institut e.V.





Via articulated choreography I invite other bodies to interfere in my investigation of a physical body state. I force myself to constantly experience displacement and unfold the choreographic process in various stages. The social and historic inscription on my body is a starting point to challenge given formats of the performativity. It results in an artistic creation, which challenges and on the same time passes through the aesthetic sieve, pre-established by the system.


premiered 2018, SESC 24 de Maio, São Paulo

Movimento II is a dance piece. It is an investigation into the impact on the body in strange contexts. Kodex_Konflikt reflects on our social codes of behavior, processes of physical adaptation and moments of confrontation with the body that is perceived as strange by language, skin color or ways of being. Those who are recognized as foreigners (by idiome, appearance and habits) seek camouflage strategies that allow them to enter and penetrate “norms”.


director: Mario Lopes

sound concept: Paulo Monarco, Dandara Modesto, Jovem Palerosi and Denilson Oliveira

creators: Malu Avelar, Verônica Santos, Guinho Nascimento, Rubens Oliveira, Dandara Modesto, Jovem Palerosi, Denilson Oliveira, Paulo Monarco and Mario Lopes.

choreographic guidance, body preparation: Rubens Oliveira e Guinho Oliveira.

light concept: Maria Druck

costume design: Du Carmo


premiered 2014, Crisantempo, São Paulo

Movimento I is a study on giving sonority to the body and body to the instrument. It gives vent to what starts in the sonorities of the past and continues to scream in the present. The movements follow the compass of command, which depresses the heartbeat; the silenced words that seek to manifest; and the ability to tell and retell.


creation: Mario Lopes

concept: Denilson Oliveira, Mario Lopes

sound concept: Denilson Oliveira, Lenna Bahule, Ota Carvalho

performance: Denilson Oliveira, Lenna Bahule, Mario Lopes, Paulo Monarco

choreographic guidance, body preparation: Toshiko Oiwa

light concept: Maria Druck

research: Isabel Hölzl and Regina Garcia

video, programming: Victor Pardinho

camera, photography: Danilo Carneiro

costume design: Du Carmo


2018_ 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

2018_ SESC 24 de Maio São Paulo

2017_ Mostra plattformPLUS HochX Theater München

2016_ Teatro do Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia/ICBA

2015_ SESC Bauru São Paulo

2014_ SESC Sorocaba São Paulo

2014_ premiered/estréia 2014, Crisantempo, São Paulo


premiered 2013 SESC Santana, São Paulo

TREPP is a sinfonie of moving images and bodies following the temperature of the musical composition performed live and in open or/and public spaces. It developed out of videos of dancing bodies in the urban space, that served as a guiding line for the composer, whos live performed music defines the movement of the performers. With TREPP the coletivo DMV22 deepens it research of the urban space and shifts the focus of traffic to the movement of the city itself. Within this chart, due to demolition and constant reconstruction, to the flow of the river under the largest avenues of the city and the hollow-walled urban habitat, the daily role of the human being is to occupy and vacate.


creation: Marina Massoli, Mario Lopes

performance: Marina Massoli, Mario Lopes

grafite digital: Achiles Luciano

composition: Yuri Prado, Vitor Caffarro

Ôctôctô: Cibele Palopoli– flauta, Luis Santiago – saxofones, Felipe Roque – trompete, Edinaldo Santos – trombone, Yuri Prado – guitarra, Márcio Modesto – piano, Miguel Antar – contrabaixo elétrico, Rubens de Oliveira – bateria.

creative process (2013): Coletivo DMV22, Ôctôctô

VJ /visual programming: Victor Pardinho

camera, photography: Maelys Meyer

cut/edição: Marina Massoli


2014/ Open Air Performance Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo

2014/ Open Air Performance Streitfeld Projektraum Munich

2014/ Open Air Performance University of Porto, Porto

2014/ Open Air Performance SESC Sorocaba, São Paulo

2014/ Open Air Performance SESC Santos, São Paulo

2013/ November _ premiered/estreia 2013 SESC Santana, São Paulo

2013/ January _ Work in progress Villa Waldberta Munich


premiered 2011 circuito SESC, Estado de São Paulo

VRUM is a performance on sound, color and movement in dialogue within the urban space for stages, open and public spaces. A musician, visual artist and dancer developed a multimedia piece based on the instant transformation they experience in São Paulo. The constant body appropriation of urbanity and the consequent physical re-adaptations are reflected in the immediate and spontaneous improvisation. The public is invited to dive into the sensation of the megacity, to escape from it in a suspension and, at the end of the piece, to take part in the experience. Urban aesthetics provoke a transient density of experience, a lot in just a little time. Transformation needs to be instantaneous to ensure survival.

VRUM has developed further with every presentation and has regularly invited new artists to join the performance with own proposals.


director: Mario Lopes

performance: Marina Massoli, Mario Lopes

live painting: Achiles Luciano

sound: Gabriel Spinosa


2014/ Caixa Cultural Prize, season VRUM in 4 cities:

Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo.

2014/ SESC Sorocaba, São Paulo

2013/ Mostra SESC Cariri de Arte, Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará

2013/ Theater Schwere reiter München, Germany

2013/ Theater Pales Vienna, Austria

2012/ opening of the São Carlos Dance Video Festival

2012/ season SESC Pompeia in the work von Olafur Eliasson

2011/ SESC Araraquara Festival de Inverno

2011/ premiered/estréia 2011 circuito SESC of Art, Estado de São Paulo

14 performances in Águas de Lindóia, Americana, Araxas, Avaré, Brotas, Itapetinga, Lençois Paulista, Marília, Mococa, Mogi Mirin, Ourinhos, Palmital, Porto Ferreira e Vargem Grande do Sul.


premiered 2012 Teatro União Cultural, São Paulo

Vrumvrumzinho is a multimedia stage performance for all audiences from 4 years on. Following the improvisation methodology and interdisciplinary approach of VRUM, the artists add a narrative line without speaking a word. The live digital painting creates images in which it is possible to travel, the sonority, might illustrate, sometimes invigorate, contrast, and always arouse curiosity. The movement builds objects, shapes and brings the space to dance. Branches begin to turn into trees dancing in the wind, overflown by birds. The little fish in the lake becomes a friend and will not return to the lake, as it grew hugely from that friendship. The scenario takes the children on a journey, they fly into a city, into its noises, its people. And in the contact with so many people, they end up returning to their roots.


director: Mario Lopes

performance: Marina Massoli e Mario Lopes

live painting: Achiles Luciano

sonoridade: Gabriel Spinosa e Denilson Oliveira


2014/ Caixa Cultural Prize for touring VRUM in Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

2014/ SESC Sorocaba, São Paulo

2013/ Mostra SESC Cariri de Arte, Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará

2013/ MIS – Museum of Image and Sound

2013/ Theater Schwere Reiter, Munich

2013/ Theater Pales, Vienna, Austria

2012/ MIS – Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo

2012/ season SESC Pompeia within the exhibition of Olafur Eliasson

2012/ premiered/estréia Teatro União Cultural, São Paulo


Experimental projects with partner artists, videos, campaigns, meetings, records, fragments, waste, wishes and projections.

Music Clip “Drift” by Those Goddamn Hippies, Vienna 2015
Directed by Nicola von Leffern/APESFRAMED

Advertising Clip ”Renault – Take the Alternative Road – Koleos”, Vienna 2017
Directed by Apesframed

Video performance “Balões”, Feldafing 2013
edit: Bernardo Galegale / sound: Gabriel Spinosa / images: Achiles Luciano

Experiment on the Baltic Sea/ Helsinki 2018
camera: Maelys Meyer / sound: Gabriel Spinosa

work in process „Nocturno“, São Paulo 2016
with Micha Purucker

Experiment „Re-existir“, Feldafing 2016
edit: Victor Pardinho / images: Pat Black / sound: Paulo Monarco

Experiment „Dois tempos“, Lyon 2017
with Maelys Meyer

work in process “Treep”, Prague 2013
with Marina Massoli
edit/edição: Marina Massoli
camera: Maelys Meyer


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