Dance Theater Productions
Project Zahira is the professional dance theater productions company with which Zahira creates socially engaged performances braving themes of gender, womanhood, conditioning, personal freedom, and healing; bringing spirituality to the theater.
Soul Famine is an absurdist, tragicomic performance art solo. Zahira's first one woman show. She uses her theatrical talent, connection to the audience, movement, silence, and vocals to create an intimate and comical landscape and to explore the inside of a dark mind suffering from an existential crisis. Welcome to the funeral of mental health.
Performances on 3, 4, 10, 11 September 2022 in Amsterdam-Noord
Reclaiming The Goddess is a dance production geared toward the empowerment of women and is aligned with the global #metoo movement. It consists of a professional presentation of contemporary modern dance with a parallel program for theaters and women's shelters. Reclaiming The Goddess gives people inspiration, comfort, courage and and understanding of how we can heal trauma through the body.
Zahira created this project as she saw a need to turn a challenging life experience into something positive, 'turning poison into medicine.' In 2014, Zahira sought help to deal with her sexual trauma in Abadiânia, Goiás at Casa Dom Inácio de Loyolá, but ended up in the hands of a monster. In December 2018, Zahira appeared on Brazilian television to denounce the sexual abuse by famous spiritual healer João Texeira de Faria, formerly known as John of God. Zahira's story, after her interview on the talk show Conversa com Bial, was shared by the press around the world, including the New York Times and the biggest newspapers in the Netherlands and television. More than 700 women showed up, who also reported having been sexually abused by "João de Deus". Zahira became a national heroine in Brazil. Zahira decided to create the dance production Reclaiming the Goddess with her dancers as a means for healing and attention to this important subject.
Currently re-planning our tours in the Netherlands and in Brazil
with accompanying workshop and post-show talk