Artistic Director and Choreographer


Mariana Oliveira is the Choreographer and Artistic Director of The Union Project Dance Company. Originally from Brazil, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and was a trainee dancer at the National Dance Company of Wales. At the age of 19 she was invited to perform with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. In 2007 she moved to New York where she founded The Union Project Dance Company.

Mariana has presented works at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival, and for 2 consecutive years has been a finalist of the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival. She created a new work for the Joffrey Ballet Studio Company, and was subsequently featured in Pointe Magazine. Mariana taught at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Brazil (the only Bolshoi School outside Russia) for the dancers of the Youth Company. Mariana has been selected as a finalist in the Milwaukee Ballet Genesis Choreographic Competition, where her work Pagliacci finished in 2nd Place. She recently won the Arkansas Ballet Visions Choreographic Competition where she has been commissioned for a new work in the fall of 2017. Mariana is also a recipient of The Center for Ballet and the Arts 2017 Fellowship at NYU.

Photo Credit: Dante V Dauz