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Born in 1961, in Lisbon, Portugal
1st Dancer at Ballet Gulbenkian, where he danced from 1982 to 2001.
Scholarship holder of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to attend the Rosella Hightower International Dance Center, in Cannes, France, in September 1984.
Awarded with a place as a dancer on the international dance course for choreographers and professional composers in 1986 in Guildford, England.
1st Choreography Award in the competition "New Values of Culture ‘88", with the ballet "Chant".
Selected for the best moments of the programme “Our Century” on Portuguese Radio Television-RTP, with the choreography “Missing”, in 1989.
Principal Dancer invited to dance with Mari Ushioda at the presentation of the Japanese Tandavaha Company in New York with choreography by Yoshie Kaku, in 1990.
Scholarship holder, several times, at the Rosella Hightower International Dance Center, namely from September to December 1990, with Rosella Hightower as mentor and teacher. José Ferran and Monica Saez were also his teachers, among others.
Frankfurt Ballet, William Forsythe's permission to attend Company classes from December 1990 to January 1991.
Residency in New York from February to June 1991, with Kazuko Hirabayashi as mentor of his studies. He studied with Maggie Black and Benjamin Harkavy, attended the School of American Ballet, working with the teachers: A. Kramaresky, Richard Raap and Stanley Williams in Classical Ballet. He attended Cunningham Studio and as a fellow at the Alvin Ailey School, he worked in Modern Dance with Kazuko Hirabayashi, among others, who also created the solo "Transition" for Luís Damas.
1st Film and Video Prize in the competition “Culture and Development‘90, with the videodance “Missing”.
5 More awards, at national and international level, also with the video dance “Missing”.
and - in “The 2nd Japan International Ballet and Modern Dance
Competition ", in 1996, with choreographies by Vasco Wellenkamp
1st Interpretation Award
Best Dancer of the Year (nomination), elected by the media, for the “Bordalo da Imprensa ‘96” awards.
Awarded at the IV International Video Festival of Oeiras '98, with the videodance “Delírium”.
Invited Teacher at Lisbon Superior School of Dance(choreographic seminars) -1994, 1996, 1998-Portugal.
Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Motricity at the Technical University of Lisbon, from 1998 to 2001.
Finalist as an interpreter and choreographer at the 3rd Japan International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition, in 1999, for which he specifically choreographed "Earth Spirit" and "Invocation", after being selected with the ballet "La Mamma Morta".
Artistic Director of the FMH-UTL Dance Company from 1999 to 2001.
Awards at the “Prague Festival - Dance Prize 2000”, “Honorable Jury Prize” and “Honorable Mention”, won by the FMH-UTL Dance Company, under his direction.
Founding member of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Portugal (invitation) 2000.
Artistic Council of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Portugal (invitation) 2001.
Artistic and Technical Direction of the show Dança do Sopro, together with Master George Stobbaerts, at the Belém cultural center, in 2001.
Principal Dancer Invited at Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo, for all the shows of the years 2002 and 2003, having represented C.P.B.C. in several International Galas in addition to the regular shows; obtaining excellent national and international reviews.
Invited to become a member of the International Dance Council CID - UNESCO in 2004, admission that distinguishes “leading dance professionals” from all over the world.
First representation of Portugal (invited), in the presentation of the III Edition of "Frammenti di Danza. Rassegna europea di vídeo danza 2004 "- National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome - Italy, by Camões Institute, with all its choreographies and videosdance work.
Invited to join the Teaching Council of Lisboa Ginásio Clube from 2005 to 2011 where he developed wide range of activities, namely Ballet, Contemporary, Dance Representation, Ballet and Choreography for the Competition Classes of Artistic Gymnastics for Women, Rhythmic and Acrobatic, Master Classes, Intensive Courses, and direction of shows among others.
Artistic Director, Teacher and Choreographer of Luís Damas Dance Company, which he created in mid-2010, where he has regularly choreographed, taught and developed activities as a video artist and researcher, in Portugal and abroad.
Artistic Director, Teacher and Choreographer in the shows "Diagonals of Art I", "Diagonals of Art II" and "Movements", where he presented ballets from his Company and where he also worked with national, international and Olympic champion teachers and athletes, integrating in these shows especially the competition and representation classes, as well as some other invited classes, in a partnership between his company and the LGC.
Honored by the Almada Dance Company in 2010, "(...) in a demonstration of recognition and appreciation for its importance in the development of the company."
Selected for the Berlin Flash Film Festival in November 2019 with the videodance “Nude Landscapes”.
Emphasized is also his choreography work in dance companies, major projects and festivals, national and international, among others, such as:
Dutch National Ballet 1993 - The Netherlands
UPE Dança - Dance Company of Lisbon Superior School of Dance - 1994, 1996, 1998-Portugal
Contemporary Dance Company - CEDECE 1995, 2006-Portugal
Ballet Gulbenkian 1996-Portugal
Almada Dance Company 1996-Portugal
Solo Tanz Theater Festival 1998-Germany
3rd Japan International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition 1999-Japan
International Platform for Choreographers of the 8th Almada Dance Fortnight 2000-Portugal
Dance Company of the Faculty of Human Motricity-UTL 2001-Portugal
Cannes Jeune Ballet 2006-France
Ballet D'Europe (choreographic workshops) France 2007
Kasakhstan International Festival of Modern Dance 2007
Dance New York International Project in Paris 2008
Contemporary Dance Company of Angola 2009
Luís Damas Dance Company 2010 to 2015
"(…) the great Portuguese choreographer (…)"
consideration obtained in French review in 2006 with the choreography “Célébration” for Cannes Jeune Ballet, at Nice Matin newspaper, in addition to other excellent reviews from different sources, concerning his choreographic work, throughout his career.
He also highlights is participation as a member of the Jury in the following events, among others:
1st National Dance-Music Championship to qualify a Portuguese representative for the 10th World Dance Championship - Amadora, Portugal in 1988
Shabelewski Dance Competition - Curitiba, Brazil in 2002
1st National Dance Competition - Viana do Castelo, Portugal in 2004
II International Dance Competition of the Algarve - Faro, Portugal in 2005
I and II International Dance Competitions of Oeiras, Portugal in 2011 and 2012
Setúbal's Dance Academy, Portugal in 2014
His choreographic and videographic work has been shown in many countries in Europe and in other parts of the world. Until 2021 he has presented Choreographic Workshops / Ateliers, Master Classes, regular classes, open classes, classes, videodance work, choreography and lectures in Belgium, Scotland, Hungary, Holland, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Brazil, France, Greece , Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Angola, San Marino, Germany, Nigeria, Serbia, Bhutan, The United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Slovakia and Czech Republic, Switzerland , The U.S.A., Denmark, Argentina, Canada, Iran, Macao-China, Sri-Lanka and Estonia in national and international institutions, festivals, companies, congresses and conventions such as:
13th International Festival du Film Super 8 et Video 91- Belgium
New Visions 92 – Scotland
Media Wave 92 – International Festival of Visual Arts – Hungary
Dutch National Ballet 1993 - The Netherlands
Faculty of Human Motricity, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1995 and 1998-2001
Dance Association of Baixo Alentejo, Beja, Portugal, 1995, 1997
9th Grand Prix de Video Danse 97 - France-Sweden
3rd Japan International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition 1999 - Nagoya, Japan
Children's Workshop in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, 1999, 2000
Festival Internazionale di Video Danza 2000 - Il Coreografo Eletronico -Italy
2nd Fest-Dança de Curitiba, Brazil, 2002
Dance Center of Porto, Portugal, 2002
3 èmes Rencontres Autour de la Danse, Rousset, France, 2003
Lisboa Ginásio Clube, Lisbon, Portugal, 2005-2011
Ballet D´Europe, Allauch, France, 2007
21st World Congress on Dance Research 2007 in Athens, Greece, 2007
Anna Mascolo Classical Dance School in Lisbon, Portugal, 2007-2008
Kasakhstan International Festival of Modern Dance, Almaty, Kasakhstan, 2007
Almaty Choreographic College named after A.V.Seleznev, Almaty, Kasakhstan, 2007
Moscow International Dance Convention, Russia, 2008
International Educational Project workshop of Leading Teachers and Choreographers from the USA, Portugal, France and Russia, in Rostov, Russia, 2008
2nd International Dance Congress 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey, 2008
23rd World Congress of Investigation de la Danza 2009 in Malaga, Spain, 2009
Contemporary Dance Company of Angola, Luanda, Angola, 2009
National School of Dance of Angola, Luanda, Angola, 2009
Pepetela Auditorium, Luanda, Angola, 2009
Escola Dança & Cia., Viana do Castelo, Portugal, 2010 and 2011
Ginasiano Dance School, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, May and December 2011
32nd Mondiale di Ricerca sulla Danza 2012 Congress in San Marino, 2012
Luís Damas Dance Company 2010 to 2015
Berlin Flash Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, November 2019
Berlin Flash Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, December 2019
Capital Filmakers Festival Lisbon, Portugal, March 2020
Realtime International Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, April 2020
Mister Vorky Film Festival, Ruma, Serbia, June 2020
Moovy Tanzfilmfestival, Cologne, Germany in June 2020
Druk International Film Festival - Prize Winner - OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD / Nominated for the prestigious GOLDEN DRAGON AWARDS - What I want to say, Burn! Paro, Bhutan, June 2020
Strangelove Time-based Film Festival, Folkstone, England, United Kingdom, July 2020
!Film Fest, Pune, India, August 2020
60 Second Intl. Film Festival, Islamabad, Pakistan, August 2020
Kosice International Monthly Film Festival, Kosice, Slovakia, August 2020
Rome Independent Prisma Awards, Rome, Italy, September 2020
DMOFF - Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, September 2020
The Lift-Off Sessions, Iver, United Kingdom, September 2020
The Continental Film Festival, New York / Los Angeles, U.S.A., September 2020
Athens International Digital Film Festival, Athens, Greece, September 2020
Other Movie Lugano Film Festival, Lugano, Switzerland, October 2020
FilmArte Festival, Madrid, Spain / Berlin, Germany, October 2020
Sweden Film Awards, Stockholm, Sweden, October 2020
Cinedanza Festival, Modena, Italy, October 2020
Luminous Frames, Kjellerup, Denmark, October 2020
Best Director Award, London, United Kingdom, October 2020
DMOFF- Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, October 2020
Varese International Film Festival, Varese, Italy, November 2020
Kosice International Monthly Film Festival, Kosice, Slovakia, November 2020
Rome Independent Prisma Awards, Rome, Italy, November 2020
Cuerpo Mediado Festival de Videodanza, Rosario, Argentina, November 2020
Red Wood Film Festival, December 2020
Best Director Award, London, United Kingdom, December 2020
Goa Short Film Festival, Goa, India, December 2020
Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, December 2020
International Moving Film Festival, Abadan&Khoramshahr, Iran, December 2020
Rollout Dance Film Festival, Macao, China, December 2020
Imaginary Mind Film Contest, January 2021
Madrid Film Awards, Spain, February 2021
Luleå International Film Festival, Luleå, Sweden, March 2021
Prague International Monthly Film festival, Prague, Czech Republic, April 2021
Lisbon Film Rendezvouz, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2021
Azores Fringe Festival, Pico Island, Portugal, June 2021
Film Fest by Rougue Dancer, Raleigh, U.S.A. August 2021
CortiFestival Cine Escolar, Alicante, Spain 2021