Ivo Ismael

Dancer and choreographer. Worldwide premieres and tours with his 50 feature-length choreographies until now made Ismael Ivo a protagonist of European Dance Theatre. His artistic interest in the research of the Performative Body concept resulted in joined projects with artists like Heiner Mueller, George Tabori and Marina Abramovic. In 1984 Ismael Ivo and Karl Regensburger founded ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, in the meantime Europe’s largest dance festival, which he is still leading as representative and artistic director. For this activity he was honoured with the Golden Cross of Merit of Vienna, Austria. The German National Theatre in Weimar appointed Ismael Ivo as chief-choreographer and director of the dance company from 1997 to 2000. Between 2005 and 2012 he was director of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance and the Dance Department of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice. With the task to upgrade professional formation on a national base in Italy, in 2009 he founded the Contemporary Dance Research Centre Arsenale della Danza, which was included in the constitution as a permanent activity of La Biennale di Venezia in 2011. From 2013 onwards the project for the Formation of Excellence in Dance will be continued in Vienna and São Paulo under the name Biblioteca do Corpo. In 2013 Ismael Ivo was appointed visiting professor by Max-Reinhardt-Seminar, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Ismael Ivo’s cultural achievement was acknowledged by the presentation of The Order of Cultural Merit of the Federative Republic of Brazil in 2010 by his Excellence Mr. President of the Republic Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.