Samir Calixto

The Brazilian Samir Calixto (1978) attended studies in drama, dance, and classical music at the University of São Paulo and the São Paulo City Conservatory. In 1999 he was awarded first prize at the Nascente/Avril Festival for his solo Eros. A year after his graduation in 2004, he came to Europe and decided to dedicate himself entirely to his dancing career.

He developed himself as an autodidact and through working with the many choreographers whom he met in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. He reached the finale of the 2005 Best Dance Solo Competition, Leipzig (directed by Alain Platel) with his solo Wash me up. Samir Calixto danced with Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud (Diable aux Corps), Gabriella Maiorino (ZOO), Amos Ben-Tal (We are not Humanity), Ederson Rodrigues Xavier (Staves), Karine Guizzo, Neel Verdoorn, François Chirpaz, Kristen Cere, and many others.

Samir Calixto created his first piece for Korzo productions entitled Beating Hollow, together with cellist Jan Willem Troost, for the 2009 Voorjaarsontwaken. They were selected for the Jur Naessens Muziekprijs for this production. In 2010, Samir made the short performance Névé (Winterreise – Part 1) for Here we live and now. He has since completed part two and three for the 2011 CaDance Festival. This full evening program Winterreise Tetralogy had its premiere during the 2012 edition of the prestigious Holland Dance Festival, becoming one of the most acclaimed performances in the festival.
He then sank his teeth into another classic and made 4 Seasons for the 2013 CaDance festival. This production gained Samir a Swan nomination for the ‘most impressive dance production of 2013’; in addition, the BNG Bank selected him as Excellent Talent of 2014.

For his latest production he sought inspiration in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost from 1667. Both Paradise Lost and 4 Seasons are touring through the Netherlands and abroad. 


The Brazilian choreographer Samir Calixto has made quite an impression in recent years with his resolute cross between pure musicality and intense physicality. He digs deeply into the subject matter of his performances until they achieve a timeless quality. W is the second part of a two-part project for which Calixto found inspiration in Nietzsche’s philosophy. After the introverted and lyrical M, danced by men, W shows five impressive female dancers who make the power, fury and sensuality tangible so present in myths portraying women. To the accompaniment of a soundscape that conjures up echoes of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Tristan und Isolde, they portray our obsessive search for truth. They peel off many layers until only their vulnerability and barbarity can be seen.

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