Dancer, film-maker

João Vladimiro was born in Porto in 1981. In 2005 he graduates in Graphic Design in Oporto’s Fine Arts School. Since 2000 he is an active member of Circolando (physical theatre company) working as interpreter, creator, designer and cinema director in the performances: Caixa Insólita (2000), best portuguese street performance, Rabecas (2001), Giroflé (2002), best performance of 2002, Teatro na década, Charanga (2003), Cavaterra (2004), Quarto Interior (2006), Mansarda (2009). These shows have crossed the most prestigious festivals in Europe, Brazil and South Korea.

Apart from two collective exhibitions in photography and installation, he was invited by the Fringe Festival 2005, in Macao, China, to develop a work crossing documentary, plastic arts and performance. In 2006 he attends an intensive 3 months course in documentary film direction oriented by Ateliers Varan at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon. Within this course he directs the film Pé na Terra (Rooted Foot) which wins the best Portuguese Short Film Director Award in Indie Lisboa Festival 2006.

In that same year he directs a documentary about Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian’s gardens and their architect, Ribeiro Telles. The screening of its first version takes place in Doc Lisboa 2007 competition then at Fid Marseille and Mar de Plata Festivals.

In 2009 he plays in the performances Mansarda with Circolando and Vale (winner of the best choreography of 2009 – RTP/ Portuguese society of authorship) with the choreographer Madalena Victorino, where he also participates in the video conception of the show.

In 2010, he works with Karine Ponties for Tuco, a western piece for three dancers. The same year he starts a movie project and realises several features.