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Sao Castro


© António M Cabrita


  • 2015 - Authors Award 2015, Best Choreography, awarded by Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores to "Play False".

  • 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 Value and Merit by the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon

  • 2020 - Winner in the video-dance category, Inshadow Festival's "Invisible Shadows" with the film "LAST at home"

  • 2021 - Winner with the video-dance "LAST at home" of the Best Choreography award at the New York International Film Awards ( February 2021)

São Castro began her training in dance at  ballet theater  Porto Professional School of Dance and Theater (1995-1998); and, in 2002, he completed his degree in Dance by  School of Dance , of the  Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon .  

His path in interpretation began at Balleteatro Companhia, between 1997 and 1999; having subsequently passed by the Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo (between 2001 and 2004), by the  Gulbenkian Ballet  (2004/2005). As a performer, he worked with choreographers such as Né Barros, Isabel Barros, Rui Lopes Graça, Benvindo Fonseca, Sofia Silva,  Vasco Wellenkamp , Henri Oguike,  Paulo Ribeiro , Hofesh Shechter,  Olga Roriz ,  Clara Andermatt , André Mesquita,  Tânia Carvalho , Luís Marrafa, among others. He worked with Ricardo Pais in the play "As Lições" (1998) and is part of the cast of the play "Durações de um Terceiro" (2010) from  Marco Martins  and Clara Andermatt.  

In 2009, he started in choreographic creation with the creation of the solo “aTempo” and, in the following years, he choreographed for the Companhia de Dança do Algarve; for the Dance School of the National Conservatory, with a presentation at the International Youth "Festival Expression" (Greece); Portuguese Contemporary Ballet Company; Quorum Project and Almada Dance Company (2016).  

Between 2011 and 2016, he developed the project |acsc| in collaboration with choreographer and dancer António M Cabrita. In 2015, the two choreographers were distinguished with the "Prémio Autores" from 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 "Público" newspaper as one of the best Dance shows of this year.  

It 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, São Castro and António M Cabrita created “Dido e Eneias” for the Companhia Nacional de Bailado.  

From January 2017  to December 2021, São Castro were, together with António M Cabrita, artistic director of Companhia Paulo Ribeiro. She concrete with António M Cabrita, “Um Solo para a Sociedade” premiered in June 2017. In 2018, “Box 2.0 – Holographic Installation”. In 2019, after the collaboration in “Todos, Someone, Anyone, Anyone”, 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.  

Since 2019, she has been invited by the Municipality of São João da Madeira, in the commemorative scope of "World Dance Day", to take on the curatorship of the event “A Cidade Dança“.

She is currently attending the Masters in Artistic Creation and Professional Practices at Escola Superior de Dança, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon.

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