Rio Projekt is a world renowned Brazilian Show Company championing Brazilian arts with an avant-garde edge. The company features a cast of exclusive artists who perform at an elite level in Rio Carnaval, Brazil, Australia and internationally.
Rio Projekt brings the most extravagant and authentic experience of Carnaval to every performance with an unrivalled calibre of Brazilian entertainment and artistry. The powerhouse ensemble features official Brazilian dancers (Passistas and Musas) from Rio Carnaval, Brazilian drummers, musicians, vocalists, acrobats, Capoeira performers and multi-talented artists who live and breathe their craft.
From the highly acclaimed stage production, The Carnaval Experience in Australia and elite performances in Rio Carnaval, to major media appearances including Sunrise on 7 (Australia) and Globo TV (Brazil), Rio Projekt is well known for working with high profile events, media, brands and personalities.
Whether it is a stage show, corporate event, wedding or private function, Rio Projekt delivers the ultimate Brazilian show with a progressive edge and complete with the most majestic costumes from top Carnaval haute couture designers.
Directed by internationally acclaimed Choreographer and Australia’s most recognised Brazilian dance director, Sashya Jay, the creation of Rio Projekt was inspired by the ensemble’s extensive work both in Brazil and the Brazilian entertainment industry in Australia for over 15 years.
Sashya is the founder and director of Australia's Brazilian dance school, Escola de Samba Sydney, which is the leader in Brazilian dance education worldwide. Rio Projekt's artists are internationally recognised instructors who teach and train in the art of Samba and other Brazilian dance genres at Escola de Samba Sydney.
Revered internationally 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
Fierce. Magnificent. Inspiring. Edgy.
WHAT IS THE
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.
"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.
Google review by Faustine
"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.
Google review by Andrea
"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.
Facebook review by Luisa
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:
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