CIA Nós da Dança, directed by Regina Sauer, has been in the Brazilian stages since 1981, with 19 complete works in its repertoire. With its versatility and determination it is one of the few independent companies that managed to survive for so long keeping in constant activity, as one of the most traditional companies of Rio de Janeiro and the country.
In 1985, Nós da Dança performs its first major project sponsored by IBM and Shell, the show "João Joana," based on Carlos Drummond de Andrade's popular poetry, choreographed by Regina Sauer, directed by Sonia Dias and with music specially composed for the show by Sérgio Ricardo.
Regina Sauer has always opened the company to new ideas, taking the company to perform on various spaces such as traditional theaters, outdoor concerts, tarpaulins, cultural festivals, and television sets. Since the company's debut Ms Sauer has invested in bringing Dance close to the public, in order to expand the public interest to this art, and it is with this focus that the company has been participating in many festivals and cultural events in Brazil and abroad.
Cia Nós da Dança participated many times on Circuito de Dança SESC, on projects like Olhar Contemporâneo and XV Cello Dance Encounter (2009), and also various Festivals and Congresses such as I Festival Nacional de Dança de Três Rios (2011), I Congresso de Dança Moderna (2011), II Congresso de Dança, Planeta Dança, (2011), and Festival de Danças de Rio das Ostras (2003, 2006, 2009).
Cia Nós da Dança represented Brazil at the Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami in 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2008, performing, among other pieces, "Cirandas, Cirandinhas" with music by Heitor Villa-Lobos and "Retirantes" a tribute to Candido Portinari. In 2011, represented Brazil at the VII Rencontres de Danses Métisses in Cayenne, French Guiana, with the show "Bossa Nossa," bringing the Carioca spirit in its baggage and honoring the great names of Bossa Nova.
Between 1992 and 1993, the Company was based on the premises of Ziembinski Theatre, where it had the opportunity to further their research. During this period, Regina Sauer and Fernando Filetto, made this theatre the address for Dance. After 1994, Centro de Artes Nós da Dança became again the company's home.
In 1993, the dancers Nora Esteves, Paulo Rodrigues and Marcelo Misailidis (Principal Dancer at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro), the musicians Paulo and Ricardo Santoro (Cellists of Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira) and percussionist Carlos Sergipe were guests performers on the show Estudo no 10.
In 2006 Cia Nós da Dança was awarded the Dance Prize Funarte Klauss Vianna, which made it possible the production of the show "Telas", where works as "Retirantes" by Candido Portinari and the action painting of Jackson Pollock are the starting point and inspiration for the creation of a new work, with the body being the key on the process of transforming reality.
In 2009, Cia Nós da Dança was selected for the project Cacilda Becker Residency, where it performed various pieces of its repertoire, besides opening the doors of its temporary home to guest companies, lectures and workshops.
Regina Sauer seeks in her creative works and on her perseverance to reveal to the general and dance connoisseur public that dance is a historical, social and artistic document that builds alongside various cultural productions, the identity and memory of our country. Shows such as "João Joana" based on Carlos Drummond de Andrade's poetry, "Cirandas, Cirandinhas" with music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, "Retirantes" in honor of Candido Portinari, "Estações" with songs by Cartola and "Bossa Nossa " in honor of Bossa Nova, are proof of this commitment.
Among the companies that have supported Cia Nós da Dança are: Shell, IBM, Petrobras, FUNARTE, Banco Econômico, Caixa Cultural, SESC, De Millus, Dermage, Glatt, Laboratory Mazzo and Werner Fabrics. In 2011, Cia Nós da Dança was awarded Prêmio Pro Cultura - FUNARTE – MINC.