Born in 1956 in São Paulo where Lia Rodrigues graduated in classical ballet and studied History at the University of São Paulo. After participating in the contemporary dance movement in São Paulo in the 1970s, she joined the Compagnie Maguy Marin (France) between 1980 and 1982 where she participated in the creation of "May b.". Back in Brazil, she founded the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças in 1990, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1992, she created the Dance Festival Panorama which she directed until 2005. Since 2004, she has been developing artistic and educational projects in the favela Maré in Rio de Janeiro in partnership with the NGO Redes da Maré. In 2009, they created the Maré Art Center, and in 2011 the Maré free dance school. She received the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2005, in 2014 the prize of the Prince Claus Foundation of the Netherlands, and in 2016 the Choreography Prize of the SACD (France). Lia Rodrigues is an associate artist at the Théâtre National de Chaillot and the Théâtre LE CENQUATRE in Paris.