Panorama Festival | The Festival


With its first edition held in 1992, Panorama Festival is conducted by Panorama Cultural Association since 2007 and aims to occupy the city of Rio de Janeiro with dance, arts and projects with various formats, showing the relations that the body builds with time, space and audience through movement. Throughout its 22 years, it has presented national and international companies and artists, having an important role in building the memory of dance in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the importance of the relationship between that and its audience.

Pioneer in associating cutting edge contemporary art at popular prices, Panorama is already part of the cultural calendar of the city and a meeting point for more than 20.000 people per edition. Dance, technology, new dramaturgies of the body – everything places together to make a unique festival in Brazil.

During the two weeks of the Festival, in addition to the theaters’ programme, occupation’s projects are developed in non-theatrical spaces, where questions about the body and the city are developed. Concentrating its focus on the performing arts, but continuing its opening since 2010 for other languages​​,

Panorama supports and encourages choreographic productions of Brazilian and Latin American artists, presenting already established names and also young beginners, serving as a platform for artistic development and international projection of artists from Rio de Janeiro.

Through co-productions, supports the development of original pieces and is one of the biggest national showcases for the performing arts of the city and Brazil. Because of its enormous international visibility, the Festival is visited by curators and directors from theaters all around the world.

Panorama Festival is part of important international and national networks of performing arts, such as Red SudAmericana Danza, Next Step, network funded by the European Union which brings together the most prestigious festivals in Europe, and the IETM, which gathers more than 500 festivals, cultural centers and theaters.

The Festival is annually supported by international organizations of fomentation and cultural exchanges such as Iberescena, Institut Français, British Council and Goethe Institut.

In Brazil, is a founding member of the Brazilian Circuit of International Dance Festivals and the Group of International Festivals of Rio.


Nayse López

General Direction

Jornalist and curator since 1992, has conducted – as curator, dance critical and journalist – many exhibitions and conferences in the dance field, performing arts and cultural cooperation. Among last projects: International Dance Conference and Cultural Cooperation held in Rio and São Paulo, in 2005. Since 2001 is guest curator of  Panorama Festival, becoming in 2006 the General and Artistic Director of the Festival and other projects of Panorama Cultural Association. She’s also founder and editor of the website specialized on dance

Renato Saraiva

Executive Direction

Lawyer, manager and cultural producer. Since 1996 works as a lawyer for companies and law firms, specializing in telecommunications and culture and entertainment fields. In 2008 also became a partner in production and communication companies that operates in the areas of culture, entertainment and cuisine. Since 2013 is the executive director of Panorama Festival and other projects of Panorama Cultural Association.

Santiago Elias

Financial Direction

Graduated in Business Administration and Economy (Universidad Comercial de Deusto), Master in International Cooperation (Universidad del Pais Vasco) and Management of Cities (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), all in Spain. During six years was internal auditor, project consultant and database developer in the United States. For four years was the coordinator of the UN Habitat agency’s program Agenda Local 21 for Latin America and the Caribbean, with projects in Peru, Cuba and Brazil. For the past three years is financial adviser for cultural projects in Rio de Janeiro, currently working as the financial director of  Panorama Cultural Association.

Renata Pimenta

Production Direction

With bachelor’s degree in Cultural Production (Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF), since 2007 acts as a producer and manager of cultural projects in the area of ​​contemporary / dance performance, collaborating specially with Panorama Cultural Association. Worked on the executive production of the Cultural Award 2014 of the Culture’s Department of the state of Rio de Janeiro, at the Cultural Association Materiais Diversos (Lisbon) in the Portuguese Platform of Performing Arts (Montemor-o-Novo / Portugal) and as a production coordinator of the exhibition Josephine Baker and Le Corbusier in Rio: A transatlantic case (MAR /Rio’s Museum of Art). In 2014, takes over the production direction of the Panorama Festival.