The Brazilian choreographer,dancer, director and actress, Maura Baiocchi is the São Paulo based founding-director of Taanteatro Company (*1991) and creator of taanteatro or choreographic theater of tensions. She is the author of several books (alongside Wolfgang Pannek) about her performing arts approach, among which Choreographic Theater of Tensions: Forces & Forms (2020) and founding-director of the International Ecoperformance Filmfestival. Baiocchi’s career started in the 1970ies, in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. In the late 1980ies, she became a butoh dance pioneer in her country and in 1995, she wrote the first book about butoh in Portuguese (Butoh Dança Veredas D’Alma). Baiocchi then focused on the development of taanteatro and her company. The award winning performing artist created more than eighty choreographies, plays, and performances and presented her work in Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mozambique, Russia, and the United States. She also acted in feature films and short movies. Baiocchi works temporarily at the National University of Brasília and holds an MA in Communication and Semiotics by the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo – PUC.