Samir Calixto - CHOREOGRAPHER
Samir Calixto received his education in different art disciplines. These studies included drama at EAD (Dramatic Art School) on São Paulo University and classical singing at the Conservatory of São Paulo City. In the dance field, he gained much of his education as an autodidact. For his dance solo debut Eros in 1999 he won the first prize at Nascente/ Abril Festival. From this moment on, Samir was involved with multidisciplinary projects connected to his university years as well as a guest artist in outside projects.
While moving to Europe in 2004 - one year after his graduation - Samir made the definitive switch to the dance career, getting in touch with the rich Dutch and European dance scene, meeting important figures who would be decisive on his future steps. Establishing then his freelancing status as a dancer, he had in 2005 his solo “Wash Me Up” placed as a finalist at the Best Dance Solo Competition in Leipzig (coordinated by Alain Platel). Since then Samir has worked in productions by Korzo Theatre, Danswerkplaats Amsterdam and others as a freelancer. Among the choreographers he has worked since then with are Jerome Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud, Gabriella Maiorino, Amos Ben-Tal, Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, Karine Guizzo, Neel Veerdorn, François Chirpaz and Kristen Cere, and others. . In parallel to his works as a dancer, Samir has been dedicated to develop his own works, between them ‘Grondzaken’ (2007), in collaboration with the visual artist Wilma Marijnissen, ‘Beating Hollow’ (2009) - performance winner of the second prize on the Jur Naessens Prijs - and Névé (Winterreise- Part 1) for Korzo Productions . His first full evening programme, comprising of three parts of the Winterreise tetralogy, had its successful premiére on the 2011 edition of Cadance Festival. His last full length piece entitled 4 Seasons premièred in February 2013, being praised by both critic and public. His latest tour experiences include performances in festivals and theatres in Holland, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Canary Islands and Norway.