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. 

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The iconic music of Arvo Pärt is a source of inspiration for many people because of its timeless and almost ethereal quality. The purity and freedom of his music touches on the longing for consolation and tranquility in times of confusion and unrest. The tranquility and silence in Pärt’s work are just as important as the musical notes. It is this ‘music of silence’ that brought together choreographer Samir Calixto and the Amsterdam Cello8ctet to create Summa. Pärt called the Cello8ctet ‘ein Goldstück’ and wrote compositions specially for them that now form the basis for Summa. With great concentration, eight ‘cellists and two dancers present a synthesis of the music and knowledge that is locked inside our bodies: a ‘summa’ of our human complexity. Music caresses space like a whisper, while the dance cuts through space like the wind.

In recent years, Samir Calixto made a great impression with his adaptation of Winterreise (after Schubert), 4 Seasons (after Vivaldi) and Paradise Lost (after Milton). With an uncompromising crossing of pure musicality and intense physicality, he digs deeply into the themes of his performances until they achieve a timeless quality.

For his latest performance M he received amazing response from the audience and press who got drawn into a fascinating world. In M (fragments) you will see parts of the performance which are inspired by the philosophical insights of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. Nietzsche set great store by the knowledge contained in the human body: “there is more wisdom in the body than in the deepest philosophy”. Accompanied by a modern arrangement of music by Mahler, five male dances present their entire humanity on stage: their physical and mental effort and dedication, their extreme force and vulnerability, and their personal fortunes and paradoxes. 

In recent years, Samir Calixto made a great impression with his adaptation of Winterreise (after Schubert), 4 Seasons (after Vivaldi) and Paradise Lost (after Milton). With an uncompromising crossing of pure musicality and intense physicality, he digs deeply into the themes of his performances until they achieve a timeless quality.

For his new performance M he sought inspiration in the philosophical insights of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. Nietzsche set great store by the knowledge contained in the human body: “there is more wisdom in the body that in the deepest philosophy”. In M, Samir focuses on the power of transformation that the body possesses. Accompanied by a modern arrangement of music by Mahler, five male dances present their entire humanity on stage: their physical and mental effort and dedication, their extreme force and vulnerability, and their personal fortunes and paradoxes. 

Young ambitious dancers discover and develop their talents at Crosstown. They work at the highest level with professional Korzo choreographers such as Samir Calixto and Shailesh Bahoran. In Troublemakers, Calixto combines the fresh, anarchistic energy of the dancers with the powerful drive of the surprisingly contemporary sounds of Mozart’s Symphony nr. 25. In Tribe the versatile hiphop dancer and choreographer Shailesh Bahoran, together with the dancers, explores the degree of influence of the outside world on their way of life. With b-boying, popping and locking, and a healthy dose of originality, they try to stay true to themselves and retain their authenticity.

Last year the Brazilian-Dutch choreographer Samir Calixto left a shattering impression with his 4 Seasons, that made us aware of our mortality to the sounds of Vivaldi. For his new performance Paradise Lost, he sought inspiration in John Milton’s epic poem of the same name from 1667, about man’s fall from grace and his banishment from Paradise. With a strong physical intensity, characteristic of Calixto’s work, apparently conflicting forces drive the dancers on. Light, dark, good, evil, holy and godless. Long enough until we see humanity as we know it: fragile, complex and mortal.

The Dutch-Brazilian choreographer Samir Calixto is making great steps in furthering his career. The BNG Cultuurfonds proclaimed him Excellent Talent 2014. In 2012 he made a big impression with the Winterreise, for which the song cycle by Franz Schubert served as inspiration. And Calixto received a Swan-nomination ‘most impressive dance production 2013’ for his piece 4 Seasons, for which he uses another highlight of the classical repertoire.

Two top dancers stand their ground against the force of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Spring, summer, winter, and fall pass in revue. They stand as a symbol for the turbulence in the history of humanity: birth, evolution, culmination, and decline. 4 Seasons is a powerful performance in which the baroque opulence of the composition stands in contrast to a collective sense of loneliness.

 

Dive with us on this special evening into the life of Samir Calixto, choreographer of the Winterreise! During Food for Thoughts, artistic director from Korzo theatre Leo Spreksel takes you past Samir’s sources of inspiration, taking you from Brazil via India to Europe, and jumping from the Romantic Period to dance expressionism, landing finally at his new performance The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Samir has almost buried us in film footage, which you can enjoy during a three-course meal with a Brazilian touch.

The live music will be provided by tenor Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson and pianist Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhansson from Iceland. To conclude, you will witness the first steps in the rehearsal process of Samir’s new performance. In addition, you can enjoy a delicious desert made from an authentic recipe from his grandparents who were pastrycooks in Brazil. In short, enough Food for Thoughts with this romantic, energetic, and fun-loving choreographer.

Samir Calixto
The Brazilian Samir Calixto wanted to be an ‘artist’ from an early age. He began his training at the drama academy where came in contact with music. He auditioned for the conservatory and much to his surprise was admitted. But something lay yet dormant; his body told him that he should dance. The problem was that in Brazil boys don’t take dance classes and his mother expressly forbade him to dance. In spite of this he decided at the age of eighteen to take dancing lessons in addition to his conservatory studies. A year after his graduation in 2004 he made the trip to Europe and decided to focus exclusively on his dancing career. Samir developed further though collaborations with numerous choreographers whom he met in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. He danced with choreographers such as Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud, Amos Ben-Tal, Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, Karine Guizzo, Neel Veerdorn, François Chirpaz and Kristen Cere.

Samir created his first Korzo production Beating Hollow together with ‘cellist Jan Willem Troost for the 2009 Voorjaarsontwaken. They were selected with this production for the Jur Naessens Muziekprijs. In 2010, Samir made the short performance Névé (Die Winterreise – Part 1) for Here we live and now. For the 2011 CaDance Festival, Samir made parts 2 and 3, which were presented under the title Winterreise; he successfully completed the entire cycle for the 2012 Holland Dance Festival.

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The wonderful series De Kunst van het Luisteren (The Art of Listening) is back. Pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge takes the listening audience on a journey of discovery past well-known masterworks. Beethoven and break dance, Bruckner arranged for piano duet by Mahler, Schubert’s ‘Winterreise unlimited’: as in the first edition, De Kunst van het Luisteren is about hearing, seeing, and feeling. This time choreographers Samir Calixto and Alida Dors are invited to embrace the music. Let yourself be surprised in the continuum from music to dance to thought!

Program 19 January: Harmony
In the third instalment, Schubert’s Winterreise is subject, material and final goal all at the same time. And of course Korzo choreographer Samir Calixto was invited. He magnificently adapted the Winterreise for the dance performance Winterreise Tetralogy. This afternoon Madge and Calixto approach this relic of art song in a completely new way.

workshop 13.00 – 15.00    € 10,- 
concert 16.00 – 17.30        € 16,- 
workshop & concert          € 23,-

Buy a passe-partout for 3 concerts & 3 workshops for only € 60,-.

The wonderful series De Kunst van het Luisteren (The Art of Listening) is back. Pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge takes the listening audience on a journey of discovery past well-known masterworks. Beethoven and break dance, Bruckner arranged for piano duet by Mahler, Schubert’s ‘Winterreise unlimited’: as in the first edition, De Kunst van het Luisteren is about hearing, seeing, and feeling. This time choreographers Samir Calixto and Alida Dors are invited to embrace the music. Let yourself be surprised in the continuum from music to dance to thought!

Program 19 January: Harmony
In the third instalment, Schubert’s Winterreise is subject, material and final goal all at the same time. And of course Korzo choreographer Samir Calixto was invited. He magnificently adapted the Winterreise for the dance performance Winterreise Tetralogy. This afternoon Madge and Calixto approach this relic of art song in a completely new way.

workshop with Samir Calixto 13:00 – 15:00            € 10,- 
concert with Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson 16:00 – 17:30        € 16,- 
workshop & concert          € 23,-

Buy a passe-partout for 3 concerts & 3 workshops for only € 60,-.

workshop for advanced amateur dancers and (semi)professionals
The participants of this masterclass will be led to explore unconventional physical textures by altering their mind-sets throughout a series of intensive exercises. From there, they will investigate how a consistent musical frame like the Winterreise can have a powerful influence over the creation of unique and personal movement material. At last, they will be guided to collect these experiences and apply them on some of the piece’s original material.

Samir Calixto
Samir Calixto was born in Brazil and studied drama, dance and classical music at the University of São Paulo University and the Conservatory of São Paulo City. In 1999 he won first prize with his solo Eros at the Nascente/Abril Festival. A year after his graduation (2004) he crossed the ocean to Europe and decided to focus on his dance career. He developed himself as a dancer both self-taught and by collaboration with many choreographers he met in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.  

After his success during the latest edition of CaDance, Samir Calixto will be rounding off and presenting his complete Winterreise Tetralogy at the 2012 Holland Dance Festival. The fourth part, Zero Kelvin, will premiere there, accompanied by the three existing pieces (Névé, Firn and Glacier). With this tetralogy Calixto closes off his years-long investigation of Schubert’s Winterreise. Dance, song, live piano and poetry give shape to the symbolic journey of man, on which he is constantly  transformed. It is a journey in which the absence of illusions, expectations and assumptions about happiness and fullfilment is danced as a rite de passage to man's ultimate transmutation.

The complete cycle will be performed for the first time by pianist Rudolf Jansen, the Icelandic tenor Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, and the Brazilian actress Denise Cecchi is new in the cast.

In each edition, CaDance presents many talented choreographers. Make acquaintance with three of these up-and-coming talents, Samir Calixto, Nataša Novotná en Amos Ben-Tal, in our sampler arrangement. All three are gifted dancers (from among others the Nederlands Dans Theater), and all three have shifted their ambitions to the field of choreography. 

 program at Theater aan het Spui and Korzo theater

18:30 – 19:00 introduction with koffee or tea
 Theater aan het Spui - foyer
19:00 – 20:15 Amos Ben-Tal & Nataša Novotná - Double Bill: New Work & Sacreblue
Theater aan het Spui - kleine zaal
20:15 – 21:00walk to Korzo theater + glass of wine
Korzo café
21:00 – 22:15 Samir Calixto - Winterreise

At Crosstown, young dancers get the chance to discover and develop their creative ambitions. At the highest level, the most talented dancers work for a period of a few months with professional choreographers. This year the privilege falls to Samir Calixto and Guilherme Miotto.

Troublemakers by Samir Calixto is an homage to all the rule'breakers’. Samir mixes the fresh, anarchistic, and non-conformist raw energy of the young Crosstown dancers with two movements from Mozart’s Symphony nr. 25, written in the style known as Sturm und Drang.

Guilherme Miotto explores the origin of our expressions together with his dancers. With facial expressions as a point of departure, Masken poses the question of what came first: the mask, or the emotions associated with it?

For Winterreise, the Brazilian dancer and maker Samir Calixto took Schubert’s song cycle as a source of inspiration. In this physical and musical triptych, dance, singing, live piano, and poetry drive the symbolic journey of man who continually transforms. Outbursts in nature are set next to turning-points in a person’s life, and silence and volatility show the turbulence of the journey. In Névé, a male singer and dancer take on the confrontation with man as thinker during their quest. In Firn, two women take the same path, and simultaneously examine closely their femininity. The fragility of gender seeps through in both pieces. In Glacier follows an apotheosis in which the paths of the performers converge in a manner that is intense, though poetic.

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