Daniela Cardim

Daniela Cardim © Peter Leung

Daniela Cardim made her Birmingham Royal Ballet debut with Imminent, part of the 2021 Curated by Carlos season and a Ballet Now commission.

Daniela Cardim is a Brazilian/British choreographer based in London. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she trained locally with Prof. Eliana Karin. She danced with Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro for five years and with Dutch National Ballet, in Amsterdam, for 11 years.

As a choreographer, Cardim gives great importance to musicality and her creative process involves close collaboration with the dancers. Commissions include works for Dutch National Ballet (main and Junior companies), New English Ballet Theatre, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo Companhia de Dança, English National Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet School, School of American Ballet (as part of the New York Choreographic Institute), Elmhurst Ballet School and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

In 2016 Cardim created Uirapuru for Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro as part of a special programme celebrating Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Her 2019 piece for Dutch National Ballet Junior Company 'What Got You Here' was performed in Amsterdam and on tour in The Netherlands as well as at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre in London to great critical acclaim. Cardim created four works for New English Ballet Theatre where she was also Company Manager. She was cited as ‘new name to watch’ by Dance Europe Magazine’s Critics’ Choice Awards for her 2015 work Tangents and her work Vertex was chosen by Dance Europe's Critics’ Choice Awards as one of the 'Best Premieres of 2017’.

Photo.© Peter Leung