Dançando com a Diferença

Dançando com a Diferença's daily challenge is to change the image society has of the disabled and to carve out a space for human diversity within the professional universe of the contemporary arts.

Students and performers/dancers are helped throughout this formative process with support that is therapeutic, educational and above all of an aesthetic-artistic nature.

They seek to encourage the productive and creative potential and professional development of inclusive groups.

They believe in teamwork, the development of society towards enhancing abilities and in the non-discrimination of people with disabilities through inclusion in the most diverse social sectors.

With vast experience in teaching and forming people, they have produced a huge range of artistic performances throughout Europe. They have worked with numerous European partners on Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme, creating artistic shows and lecturing classes to both teachers and students.

They have been the subject of several academic studies in the field of inclusive dance, giving back some of the practical knowledge acquired over the years, and contributing thus to not only bring awareness to the issues relating to inclusive dance but also promoting new standards.

  • Henrique Amoedo 2015


  • Henrique Amoedo 2015


  • Rui Lopes Graça, 2016


  • Júlio Silva Castro

    "BICHOS" 2016 by Rui Lopes Graça

  • Photo: Clara Andermatt 2012

    Dez Mil Seres

  • Photo by Clara Andermatt 2012

    Dez Mil Seres

Contact details

Henrique Amoedo
Artistic Director

Dançando com a Diferença
Rua dos Barcelos
nº 9 – R/C - 9020-391 Funchal

Artistic Director(s)

Henrique Amoedo


Email: hamoedo@gmail.com
Web: http://www.aaaidd.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dancandodiferenca


Dançando com a Diferença - BICHOS (2016) - Teaser Final



Duration: 50 minutes
Number of people on road: 9 Performers
1 Artistic Director
1 Iluminator and 1 Assistant (responsible for technical operations)
1 Production Assistant

Total number of people: 13.
Freight: No freight necessary

Freight details:


BICHOS, is a performance based on the homonymous play of Miguel Torga that tries to focus fundamental questions on society and existence itself.

Extra information

BICHOS premiered in January 2016 by the choreographer Rui Lopes Graça, a piece for all ages that provides the audience with the relationship between animals with humanized traces and humans almost animalized. 

Dez Mil Seres

Duration: 50 minutes
Number of people on road: 7 Performers
1 Artistic director
1 Technical director
1 Sound technician
1 Tour manager

Total number of people: 11.


Freight details:


I look for the first time and see a flat, limited, repetitive pattern. I look further and everything becomes clearer as I step into a mysterious place discovering an infinite number of options. I am now able to see the contour, the detail, the filigree that emanantes interior light. What is needed is time, patience, space, tranquility and determination to be able to see...

Once inside that other space I discover strange beings devoting themselves to activities that only the subconscious can decipher


Duration: 1h 70 min
Number of people on road: 10 People from Dançando com a Diferença including performers and team members.


Freight details:


ENDLESS is a performance where dance, music and video interact questioning the human condition. Its main focus is the Holocaust during the II World War, not with a historical approach but as an artistic work with the intention to alert the importance of reliving the past. 

Extra information

Endless is a dance performance within the community where it involves performers of our own group and 60 people from the hosting region. 

Wrap-around work

  • Workshops
  • Post-performance discussions
  • Residencies
  • Masterclasses
  • International projects
  • Choreographic creations

Press Comments & Testimonials

'The hall of Maria dos Matos Theater was too small for the very large number of people that went to see the shows performed by Dançando com a Diferença group.'

'The two choreography’s 'Levanta os braços como antenas para o céu', from Clara Andermatt and 'Menina da Lua', from Henrique Amoedo, were euphorically applauded by the audience which didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have a cocktail with them after the show.'

Noticias da Madeira (Madeira, Portugal), 2006


'Dancing with the Difference integrates 'Rencontres Internationales du Chréahm 2013'

'Since the premiére, 'Desafinado' has already been seen by 3,309 spectators in 12 different theaters, including Berlin, Linz and Cardiff.'

'Desafinado was considered by the weekly newspaper Expresso as the second best choreography presented in 2011 in Portugal.

Diário de Noticias (Madeira, Portugal), 2013


'There are shows that touch us and disarm us. Rare examples that reach humanity and in this movement, becomes a poem. 'Desafinado' is an example of this. The most recent creation of Dançando com a Diferença, from Madeira.'

Expresso (Lisbon, Portugal), 2012


'This project (Dançanco com a Diferença) show us the humanity in its best.'

Publico (Lisbon, Portugal), 2012


'Dançando com a Diferença seeks, in an innovative and bold manner, to contribute to the change of social image of people with disabilities.'

Diário de Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal), 2011