Rio Projekt is a world renowned, avant-garde Brazilian Show Company. Based in Australia, Rio Projekt is the only Brazilian entertainment ensemble with a collective of exclusive artists who have performed at an elite level in Rio Carnaval and throughout Brazil.

From esteemed performances in Rio de Janeiro Carnaval and the highly acclaimed stage production The Carnaval Experience in Australia, to major media appearances including Globo TV (Brazil), Channel 7 (Australia) and music video appearances with world famous artists like Chali 2na (USA), Rio Projekt is aligned with high profile events, media, brands and celebrities.

The most extravagant and authentic experience of Carnaval is guaranteed in every Rio Projekt performance with an unrivalled calibre of progressive Brazilian entertainment and the most majestic costume wardrobe custom made by haute couture designers. The powerhouse ensemble features multi-talented artists who excel in their craft, including Brazilian dancers (Passistas and Musas from Rio Carnaval), Brazilian drummers (Bateria), musicians, vocalists, Capoeira performers and acrobats. 

Rio Projekt’s Artistic Director Sashya Jay is an internationally distinguished, award winning choreographer and Australia’s most recognised Brazilian show director. Established in 2018, the company’s exceptional calibre is testament to the artists’ extensive work in Brazil and Sashya’s expertise at the forefront of the Brazilian entertainment industry in Australia since 2007.

Officially endorsed by Brazil’s grand master of Samba, Carlinhos Salgueiro, Sashya Jay is also the founder and director of Australia's foremost Brazilian dance school, Escola de Samba Sydney (the global leader in Brazilian Samba education). Rio Projekt's artists are internationally celebrated instructors who teach and train in the art of Samba no pé and Brazilian dance at Escola de Samba Sydney.

Revered globally as the trailblazers in Brazilian entertainment, Rio Projekt is dedicated to upholding artistic integrity, progressing Brazilian arts culture and forging new paths.
 

DIRECT FROM RIO CARNAVAL TO THE STAGE

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Rio Projekt is the only Brazilian entertainment company with a cast of professional artists who have performed at an elite level in Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Salvador (Brazil). The ensemble’s strict selection process requires that all artists meet specific criteria in order to be part of the ensemble.

 

Dedicated to cultural and artistic credibility, the ensemble is 90% Brazilian and/or people of colour. Rio Projekt’s artists travel to Brazil regularly to perform, train, perfect their artistry and immerse themselves in the culture. 

Rio Projekt’s multi skilled artists are versed in Samba no pé, Bateria Brazilian drumming, Brazilian Funk, Acrobatics, Capoeira, Afro Brazilian, Breakdance, Contemporary, Samba Pagode, Samba Enredo, Axe, Pagodâo, Samba de Gafieira, Samba Rock and commercial music and dance.

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"BEST OF THE BEST"

Rio Projekt are an ensemble of dancers and musicians of the highest artistic calibre. Whether it is entertainment for an event or experiencing authentic Brazilian culture on stage, you will be getting the best of the best.

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"WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCES"

Rio Projekt was the highlight at our work Christmas Party last year! World class performances right here in Sydney. We’ll definitely have them back again this year!! Highly recommended to anyone that’s looking for top quality entertainment.

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"TRUE PRESENCE OF BRAZILIAN CULTURE"

Incredibly talented group of dancers, singers and musicians. Sashya has created a magical show that is very entertaining and the true presence of the Brazilian culture is heartwarming.

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Meet The Artistic Director

Our director, Sashya Jay has been at the forefront of both the Brazilian show and entertainment industry throughout her career. Sashya has worked with some of the largest corporate brands, media, events and artists in Australia and internationally as a creative director, choreographer and Brazilian dancer.

 

Sashya was the director of Melange Dance Company from 2006 - 2009 and co-founder, creative director and choreographer of Rhythm Brazil from 2010 - 2017. Compelled to raise the benchmark and align with the evolving artistic trends in Rio de Janeiro, Sashya launched Rio Projekt in 2018 to offer an elite calibre of Brazilian entertainment and the most authentic experience of Rio Carnaval in Australia. Rio Projekt is testament to Sashya's groundbreaking work as a visionary and leader in the Brazilian entertainment industry. Her extensive portfolio of work includes:

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  • Rainha (Queen) de Passistas in Rio de Janeiro Carnaval 2020

  • Artistic Director of The Carnaval Experience Stage show in Australia 2019, 2020.

  • Featured of Sunrise on Channel 7 – 2019 and 2020.

  • Mardi Gras Best Choreographer Award and Runner Up for Best Choreography Award

  • Camilla With Love “From Rio With Love” Collection Campaign 

  • Channel 7 Rio 2016 Olympics broadcasts and events

  • Cronulla Sharks half time entertainment choreographer 

  • Official Australian Olympic Team events including the Uniform Launch and Welcome Home Events for Rio 2016.

  • The Australian Cancer Council “Dancing with The Stars” Samba dance Choreographer

  • KIA Motors Commercial, Brazilian dancer

  • TVSN Brazilian Gem Collection launch, Samba dancer

  • Jason Derulo on The X-Factor, Brazilian dancer

  • James Arthur on The X Factor and Channel 7 Sunrise, Performing Artist

  • Unveiling of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Match Ball for Adidas on Channel 7

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