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About Mari Paula

Mariana de Paula Ferreira (Brazil, 1984), under the stage name of Mari Paula, is a dancer, choreographer and cultural manager based in Cantabria, Spain. She currently works in the field of dance, both in training and in producing and management.


She is director of LAS VIVAS - Plataforma Iberoamericana de Danza; president of Movimiento en Red (Association of Dance Professionals of Cantabria, Spain); vice president of FECED Federación compuesta por asociaciones de compañías profesionales de Danza of Spain and secretary of the Dance Sectoral Committee - Culture Council of Cantabria, Spain.


Since 2015 she is focused on dance and performance productions. In 2017, she received the Funarte Award (National Arts Foundation, Brazil), among other nominations and since then, her projects have been represented in important venues, fairs and festivals in Africa, South America and Europe. 


She created more than 10 productions and, throughout her career, she received the support of institutions such as the Government of Cantabria, Santander Creativa Foundation, Santander City Council, Iberescena, Plataforma Iberoamericana de danza - PID, Botín Center of Art and Culture, Würth La Rioja Museum, Graner Center for Creation of Dance and Performing Arts, Canal Dance Center, Palace of Festivals of Cantabria, National Arts Foundation - FUNARTE, Carme Theater, Eima Creació, Paraná Secretary of Culture, Cultural Foundation of Curitiba, Ministry of Culture of Brazil, Casa Hoffmann, Residency Center NAVE in Chile and Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Chile.


As a dancer and author, she has been part of some of the main public contemporary dance companies in Brazil and was a member, for nine years, of the public dance company Balé Teatro Guaíra, where she worked with big names in contemporary dance. She has a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies: Culture and Management from the University of Granada (Spain), an Expert Diploma in Hybrid Art and Art Criticism from the Federal University of Technology of Paraná (Brazil), a Degree in Performing Arts from the Faculty of Arts of Paraná (Brazil) and she received training in Classical and Contemporary Dance by the Dance Conservatory of São Paulo (Brazil) and by the Paula Firetti Dance School (Royal Academy).



LAS VIVAS is a dance platform that was launched in 2020 to cross borders and scale up the spaces for reflection on research, production, distribution and management with regard to Ibero-American dance.


In the last two years, LAS VIVAS has enabled a series of activities around dance to be organized, including the promotion of meetings between artists and cultural managers; the mediation of audiences; dance programming; artistic residence programs; and mentorship projects for dance productions through four different areas, such as:


Reflection area: organization of virtual meetings addressing internationalization, resilience, gender equality, inclusion, accessibility and sustainability in the world of dance. 


Promotion area: programming of shows, dance workshops and discussions with artists and teachers.


Research area: collaboration in different artistic residences and project mentoring for young artists.


Networking area: shared curatorship and participation in meetings with cultural agents that promote dance in Latin America.


In just two years, more than 30 dance professionals from different countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, United States, Holland, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela participated in events organized by LAS VIVAS, having the opportunity to address urgent and necessary aspects for the growth of the dance sector. For more information, please see


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