ANTÓNIO M CABRITA
© MEYER ORIGINALS
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
2014 - Nomination as co-author, Authors award for best choreography, piece "Abstand" by Luis Marrafa
2015 - Authors Award 2015, Best Choreography, awarded by the Portuguese Society of Authors to
2016 - Nomination as co-author, Authors award for best choreography, piece Tábua Rasa.
2017 - Nomination as co-author, Authors award for best choreography, play Turbulência.
2016 - Silver Medal of Valor and Merit by Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa
2020 - Winner in the video-dance category, Inshadow FesYval's "Invisible Shadows" with the film
"LAST at home"
2021 - Winner with the video-dance "LAST at home" of the Best Choreography award in New York
InternaYonal Film Awards ( February 2021)
António M Cabrita was born on October 22, 1982, in Lisbon, having been registered in Barreiro.
He began his studies in dance at the National Conservatory Dance School in 1992, after finishing the course in 2000 heading to New York City where he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Joffrey Ballet School. In the same city, he studied film at the New York Film Academy. Back in Portugal, he attended the first year of the Sociology course at ISCTE, having opted to take the course in Advertising Creativity at Restart in Lisbon at the same time. After some time away from dance as a dancer, he joined the Escola Superior de Dança, where he graduated (2008). As a dancer, he worked with Rui Horta, Né Barros, Silke Z., António Tavares, Tânia Carvalho, Ana Rita Barata, Pedro Ramos, Felix Lozano, Paulo Ribeiro, Luís Marrafa, among others. He was the protagonist as an actor in the short film “Dido e Eneas” by Filipe Martins produced by Balleteatro. Between 2007 and 2015 he was artist-in-residence at the German company SilkeZ./Resistdance, where he highlights the piece "Private Spaces" which won the Cologne Dance prize in 2008. António M Cabrita started choreography in 2009, creating the "To Fail" project. In 2014, he was nominated as co-author of the piece "Abstand" by choreographer Luís Marrafa for the "Prémio Autores" of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores, in the "Best Choreography" category. Between 2011 and 2016, he developed the |acsc| project in collaboration with choreographer and dancer São Castro. In 2015, the two choreographers were distinguished with the "Prémio Autores" of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores in the category "Best Choreography" with the piece "Play False" and nominated, in 2016 and 2017, with the pieces "Tábua Rasa" and "Turbulência" , both in co-creation with Henriett Ventura and Xavier Carmo, in a co-production between the Companhia Nacional de Bailado and Vo'Arte. The play entitled "Rule of Thirds", premiered in April 2016, was considered by the newspaper "Público" as one of the "Best Dance Shows" this year. He was distinguished by the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon with the "Silver Medal of Value and Distinction" (2016). In 2017, at the invitation of Luísa Taveira, António M Cabrita and São Castro created "Dido e Eneias" for the Companhia Nacional de Bailado.
António M Cabrita and São Castro were artistic directors of Companhia Paulo Ribeiro from January 2017 to December 2021. He has cocreated in the last years with São Castro, "Um Solo para a Sociedade", premiered in June 2017. In 2018, "Box 2.0 – Holographic Installation". In 2019, in addition to the collaboration in "Todos, Someone, Anyone, Nobody", by Luiz Antunes; they premiered in September "LAST", a piece for 5 dancers with live music by the Matosinhos String Quartet, and in the same year they were invited by the Théâtre de la Mezzanine (France) to assume the choreographic direction of the opera "Orphée et Eurydice" staged by Dennis Chabroullet.
In November 2020, "Sinais de Pausa" premiered, a play created and performed by São Castro, inspired by the literary universe of José Saramago.
He is currently attending the Masters in Artistic Creation and Professional Practices at Escola Superior de Dança, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon. He is simultaneously an artistic researcher in the area of dance, of which he highlights the publication of the article “Draft for an artistic research using the memory of the body” in 2022 in Journal of Artistic Research, Creation and Technology RIACT nº5.