Liliana Barros, Choreographer, photo: Andreas Schlager

Portuguese born Liliana Barros is an Independent dancer and choreographer based in Germany. 


Her choreographic works are described by a strong and intense scenic atmosphere.

Highly visual, her work is characterized by the idiosyncratic aesthetics and movement language. Visceral and archaic combined with elegant plasticity and use of technical elements in a somewhat deconstructed form.


Liliana has created several commissioned work for dance companies like NationalTheater Mannheim GAIA (2019) , Ballet des Saarländisches Staatstheaters My NAME IS LEGION (2017),  Gauthier Dance Company IN TANDEM (2021),  MiR Dance Company  PANORAMA (2021),  Dance Company Osnabruck HIGH RELIEF (2021),  Netherlands Dance Theater 2  GROTTO (2022) and for TanzKassel, at Staatstheater Kassel 100YEARS 100HEARTS_ Sleeping Beauty (2022). 

Newest creations include works for Ballet Koblenz LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS (2023) and Staatsballett Hannover ARCHIUM (2024) .


Independent works include NERVURE (2017), a very acclaimed solo work which won several international prizes and toured internationally. INERTIA (2020) , a digital dance project supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative.

Other independent productions such as MEMORABILIA (2019) and TECHNO FAUNA (2021) have been regularly supported by the state of Lower Saxony and various German foundations.  TECHNO FAUNA was nominated with a prize by the Foundation of Lower Saxony in 2022 as one of the most outstanding productions of independent theatre in Lower Saxony and presented at the BestOFF Festival.


In Opera, Liliana has also collaborated as a choreographer with the director and stage designer Ben Baur for La Boheme (2018), at the Staatstheater Braunschweig. Liliana collaborated , as performer and choreographic assistant with the polish theater director Marta Górnicka for the production JEDEM das SEINE (2018) at Münchener Kammerspieler. In 2017, she has collaborated, as a choreographer, with the theater director Christopher Hanninger for the theater production "Allons, Enfants". Liliana has also designed the stage and costumes for the theater production FaustKampf, a monologue after Goethe, premiered at Sparte4 , Saarländisches Staatstheater in 2012.


Liliana also offers her teachings to different institutions, dance companies and universities around the world:  DAF - Dance Arts Faculty in Rome, Italy / Copenhagen International Dance Festival, in Denmark /  dance company of State Theater in Braunschweig and dance company of the State Theater in Giessen in Germany / Cyprus International Dance Festival.


Liliana received her training at the BALLETEATRO Escola Professional and the Pirmin Treku Classical Ballet School in Porto before graduating in Dance from the Rotterdam Dance Academy, CODARTS. She has danced professionally with companies such Compagnia Zappalá Danza, in Sicily, Pretty Ugly Tanz Köln, under direction of Amanda Miller,  Ballett des Saarländisches Staatstheater, in Germany and Compagnie Marie Chouinard, in Montreal.

 She has performed both existing works and creations  by Marguerite Donlon, Amanda Miller, Roberto Zapplá,  Itzik Galili, Stephan Thoss, Marco Goecke,  Marie Chouinard,  Kurt Joss, Stijn Celis, Johan Inger,  Jiri Kylian,  Alexander Ekman and others.

 In 2011, she has received the Sponsor Club Preis an Award for her outstanding performance in Le Sacre du Printemps as The Chosen, by Marguerite Donlon.

Liliana is certified Gyrotonic© trainer.


Liliana Barros, Choreographer, photo: Andreas Schlager

I'm interested in a  better understanding of a primordial and universal behavior and how this acquired data moves through us.

With the body as a theme, how does this synchronicity through ordinary and personal rituals make our understanding of "WHAT MOVES US ?"


I'm inspired by other art forms and artists!  


I'm inspired by life!


I like being curious! I like to have visions!


I'm interested in creating worlds, new dimensions and atmospheres.

In my work I like to depart  from a state, be it physical, emotional or mental, and allow myself,  within that energetic state to unveil a choreographic language that arises from that same energy.