Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, La Monnaie/Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 2019-20 (detail) View full image

Fernando Melo

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Afterimage nevertheless packs an emotional punch. Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo bisects the stage with a two-way mirror, creating several simmering versions of reality… Music, lighting and movement achieve a mesmerising synchronicity. As well as choreographing for a number of European companies, Melo has worked in opera too, which may explain his sensitivity to all aspects of stagecraft and performance.

Ka Bradley, The Guardian

Fernando Melo is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and resides in Sweden. At the age of sixteen he was awarded a scholarship to train at the Vienna State Opera Ballet; since then he has been in Europe, building his career as a dancer and choreographer and creating works for stages around the world. Among the companies he has choreographed for are Göteborgsoperans Danskompani, Skånes Dansteater, Norrdans, Sweden, National Dance Company Wales, UK, Introdans, Netherlands, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, Germany, Luzerner Theater, Switzerland, Aterballetto, Italy and Ballet Hispanico New York, USA. Fernando also choreographs and directs dance film; his most recent film Nonstop was screened at Cinedans in the Netherlands. Prior to this, he created Mahjong, which screened at several international film festivals and received the 2010 Audience Award at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Future engagements include visits to Balletto di Toscana, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater Osnabrück and Nashville, USA among others.

Fernando also choreographs for opera, working extensively with the director Patrick Kinmonth on such projects as Gassmann’s L’Opera seria for La Monnaie, Brussels with René Jacobs, Strauss’ Daphne at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse with Hartmut Haenchen, and Glanert’s Solaris for Oper Köln with Lothar Zagrosek. Fernando also collaborates with the German team of director Ralf Pleger and sculptor and designer Alexander Polzin, the most recent projects include co- productions of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde for La Monnaie, Brussels and Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Alain Altinoglu and Juraj Valčuha respectively, and a dance version of Mozart's Mitridate, a co-production with Royal Danish Opera, Malmö Opera and Concerto Copenhagen. Fernando has also previously worked with director Cristina Pezzoli on Puccini’s Le Villi for the Teatro Luciano Pavarotti, Modena and Teatro Valli, Reggio Emilia conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.

Mozart: Mitridate, Royal Danish Opera, Malmö Opera, 2022

Melo: Drömlek, Regionteater Väst, Borås, Sweden, 2020

Wagner: Tristian und Isolde (dir. Pleger), La Monnaie/Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 2019-20

Melo: The Longest Distance Between Two Points, Skånes Dansteater, Malmö, Sweden, 2019

Melo: Afterimage, National Dance Company Wales, 2019

Melo: The Longest Distance Between Two Points, Korean National Contemporary Dance Company, 2018

Melo: Dream Play, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, 2017

Melo: Pepper's Ghost, Norrdans, Sweden, 2017

Melo: Kinder des Olymp/Les Enfants du Paradis, Luzerner Theater, 2016

Gassmann: L'Opera seria (dir. Kinmonth), La Monnaie, 2016

Melo: If Walls Could Speak, Ballet Hispanico, New York, 2015

Melo: Don Juan, Luzerner Theater, 2014

Glanert: Solaris (dir. Kinmonth), Oper Köln, 2014

Melo: Middle of Nowhere, Norrdans, Sweden, 2014

Melo: The Longest Distance Between Two Points, Festival Cervantino, Mexico, 2014

Strauss: Daphne (dir. Kinmonth), Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, 2014

Haydn: The Creation (dir. Kinmonth), Vocal Futures, Ambika P3, 2014

Melo: Tending to Fall, Göteborgsoperans Danskompani, 2012

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