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),  Junges Staatstheater Braunschweig (Funkelfuchs, 2018),  Gauthier Dance Company (IN TANDEM, 2020),  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). Upcoming creations include works for Ballet Koblenz ( Le Sacre du Printemps) and Staatsballett Hannover.


NERVURE, a very acclaimed solo work, has won two prizes at SOLOCOREOGRAFICO Dance Show case in Torino as well as Best Performance award Copenhagen International Choreography Competition.

NERVURE has been invited to Frankfurt, to  the Lucky Trimmer  Festival at Sophiensaelle in Berlin, to TanzOFFensive Festival at Commedia Futura, in Hannover  and to DanceWaves Festival in Cyprus. NERVURE has also been presented in Dock11,  in Berlin, in a Double bill with the most recent solo PANTERA.

NERVURE  has also toured to Taiwan and Malasya in 2019.  

2020 was the debut of her digital dance project INERTIA  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.

For her independent productions such as MEMORABILIA  ( 2019) and TECHNO FAUNA (2021), Liliana has been regularly supported from the state of Lower Saxony and various German foundations.  TECHNO FAUNA was nominated 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 Theater, she has also designed the stage and costumes for the theater production FaustKampft, a monologue after Goethe, premiered at Sparte4 , Saarländisches Staatsheater  in 2012.

In 2017, she has collaborated, as a choreographer, with the theater director Christopher Hanninger for the theater production "Allons, Enfants". 

Liliana  collaborated , as performer and assistant with the theater director Marta Górnicka for the  production at Münchener Kammerspieler JEDEM das SEINE.  For the Opera, Liliana has also collaborated as a choreographer with the director and stage designer  Ben Baur for La Boheme, at the Staatstheater Braunschweig.


Liliana received her training at the BALLETEATRO Escola Professional and the Pirmin Treku Classical Ballet School in Porto before graduating with a BA in Dance from the Rotterdam Dance Academy, CODARTS. She has danced professionally with companies such as Compagnia Zappalá Danza, in Sicily, under direction of Roberto Zappalá, Pretty Ugly Tanz Köln, under direction of Amanda Miller,  Ballett des Saarländisches Staatstheater, in Germany, under direction of Marguerite Donlon and later Stijn Celis 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.


 She has created several works for the ensemble of the Ballet des Saarländisches Staatstheaters such as: ILhektra, Persona, Claritas, Garden of Delight, Menagerie, Sentimental Animals and Collider/Vainglory, within a early young choreographers production.

Besides  creating her work, she's also teaching in several companies and international workshops.  Liliana is a 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.