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Hélio (2022)

Renan Martins' newest creation - Hélio - is an ode to the life of Helio Martins de Souza, Brazilian ballroom dancer and maternal grandfather of the choreographer.

Working with the themes of authenticity, originality and appropriation, Renan Martins sets up the challenge to work with the 50 year old music piece Drumming, by American composer Steve Reich. As if in an inner expedition, he moves through a personal archive of folk, social and popular dances as he dialogues with his own experience as a dancer in Europe for the past 15 years. 

Choreography and performance

Renan Martins

Choreographic Assistant

Helena Araújo


Ana Rocha


Nina Botkay


Seamstress Artist

Eliana da Rosa Cabral


Lui L’Abbate


Drumming by Steve Reich

played by Colin Currie Group, Synergy Group Vocals & Colin Currie


Sekoia Artes Performativas


Bolsa de Criação - O Espaço do Tempo/BPI – Fundação “la Caixa”

Choreographisches Centrum Heidelberg

Armazém 22/Kale Companhia de Dança


Inter-Actions Studio

O Espaço do Tempo

Choreographisches Centrum Heidelberg

CAMPUS Paulo Cunha e Silva

Armazém 22

Old Dates

27.01.2022 (short extract/try out) - Flux Festival, Heidelberg, DE

04.01.2022 (Premiere) - Armazém 22, Vila Nova de Gaia, PT

16.01.2023 - Bonn Tanz Solo Festival/Theater im Ballsaal, Bonn, DE

19.01.2024 - SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo, BR

20.01.2024 - SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo, BR

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