Luiza Braz Batista is an actress, dancer, singer, choreographer and director. Born in Vitoria, Brazil, she began her career as a dancer at a young age in the Grupo de Dança Primeiro Ato, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Already at age 16 she received her first awards as a choreographer. At 19 she finished her master degree in Dance at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Germany, and from 2009 to 2015 she worked at the Folkwang Tanzstudio dance company, also in Essen. Since 2008 she is a guest dancer of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She was soloist of Susanne Linke's "Frauenballett", Pina Bausch's "Wind von West", "Zweiter Frühling" and "Orpheus and Eurydice" and worked with renowned choreographers such as Emanuel Gat, David Hernandez, Suely Machado, Hannes Langolf and Urs Dietrich. From September 2015 to July 2018, she was a member of the Dance Ensemble of the Theater Trier, in Trier, Germany, under the direction of Susanne Linke. From August 2018 till July 2022 she was a member of the Acting Ensemble of Theater Trier. Now Luiza works as a freelance artist, developing her own works and performing with dance, theatre and performance companies and collectives.
Since 2010, Luiza has been cooperating with Susanne Linke and has been taking part in the development of Susanne´s dance technique INNER SUSPENSION. Since then, Luiza has been also teaching "Modern Dance Technique", "Movement Awareness", "Tap Dance" and "Improvisation".
Luiza has been improvising since her childhood, so she feels deeply attracted to improvisation as a performance form. Since 2008 she has been cooperating with the painter/dancer/performer Milton Camilo and has been constructing a solid work of performances, installations and exhibitions of improvisational base. Since 2014 she has been developing a music/dance improvisation project together with malaysian multi-artist Ng Chor Guan.
Luiza is also a writer. Among poems and a note´s blog (http://meucadernodeflores.blogspot.de/), she has had one of her texts published in the book "Tausend Bilder und eins: Comic als ästhetische Praxis in der postmigrantischen Gesellschaft", by Angela Weber & Katharina Moritzen - transcript Verlag.