Dancer Thiago Soares debuts in Portugal with show ‘Duel’

Brazilian dancer Thiago Soares of the Royal Ballet of London will perform the show “Duel” with the Portuguese dancer Filipa de Castro, on February 20, at the Tivoli Theater in Lisbon, today announced.

In ‘Duelo’, with choreography by Thiago Soares, the two dancers will be accompanied by the Brazilian pianist Marcelo Bratke.

For the first time in Portugal, Thiago Soares, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet of London, is making a tour that has already gone through Brazil and Italy.

The musical program includes John Cage’s ‘In a Landscape’, Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Tango’, ‘Feeling Heart’, ‘Birds in Feast’ and ‘Fon-Fon’ by Ernesto Nazareth and Ernesto Lecuona ‘Mazurka in Glissando’.

De Heitor Villa-Lobos, ‘Prelude of Bachianas Brasileiras n. 4 ‘,’ Maré Encheu ‘,’ Branquinha, the Doll of Dishware ‘,’ Polichinelo ‘,’ The Legend of the Caboclo ‘-‘ Samba Le Lê ‘and’ Interlude ‘.

Thiago Soares began attending at the age of nine the Circus School in Rio de Janeiro, where he was born, and from there he was encouraged to study dance, learning ‘breakdance’ and ‘hip-hop’, until the age of 15, a scholarship took him to the area of classical dance.

He joined the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater Dance Corps, winning in 2001 the gold medal of the Bolshoi International Ballet Competition in Russia, the first for a Brazilian dancer.

After this distinction, he was invited to practice at Ballet Kirov, becoming the second foreigner to join the company in 100 years of history.

The following year, he was invited to join the Royal Ballet of London.

Filipa de Castro, principal dancer of Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB) since 2008, was invited to participate in this show, in Portugal.

Born in Lisbon, she is an interpreter of a repertoire that covers the different styles of dance language, from Petipa to Nijinsky, Balanchine and contemporary choreographers such as William Forsythe or Akram Khan.

She joined the cast of the Royal Ballet of Flanders for two seasons and since 2008, along with Carlos Pinillos, is a guest dancer in several International Festivals.

Graduated in the School of Dance of the National Conservatory, she was awarded the Revelation Ballerina Prize, granted by the Association of Friends of the CNB, in 2005.

Marcelo Bratke, born in São Paulo in 1960, has performed in concert halls all over the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Berlin’s Konzerthaus.


Bratke created, in 2007, Camerata Brasil, an orchestra formed by young erudite and popular musicians coming from underprivileged areas of Brazilian society.

In 2010, Marcelo Bratke and his Camerata were chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to represent Brazil in an international campaign to publicize Villa-Lobos’s work with concerts in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

The show ‘Thiago Soares & Bratke – Duel’ is promoted by Jungle, Como No! and LadoBe Creative.


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