Winners of 2018 Mirpuri Foundation Awards

Fernando Duarte – Winner of the 2018 Mirpuri Foundations’s Anna Mascolo Award for Dance

The winner of the Mirpuri Foundation’s inaugural Anna Mascolo award for Dance, presented last night at the São Carlos Opera House, in Lisbon, has been a dancer and choreographer for 22 years.

He receives his award for his work: “The Murmurs of Pedro and Inês,” which the Foundation judges called: “An outstanding piece of work, that depicts the best of Portuguese culture and seamlessly blends elements of the traditional with the contemporary.”

Accepting his award last night Fernando Duarte expressed his gratitude and hopes for the future of Portuguese Dance:

“I am honoured to receive this award from the Mirpuri Foundation.

I would like to thank, the judges and the Foundation go this great honour. “We live in a time where memory fades quickly and the future is uncertain.

But by naming this award after Anna Mascolo, one of Portugal’s greatest dance icons we are able to remember her and look back at the work she did and its influence on society.

But this award also allows us to look forward, as it will undoubtedly serve as a launch pad for many new ventures.

I am also honoured that the Foundation has chosen to recognise this particular project – as this was my first independent choreography project developed in partnership with my wife, ballerina, Solange Melo.

We decided to submit our project to the Foundation in the hope of inspiring others not to give up on their dreams because of any lack of resources or financial support.

The Murmurs of Pedro and Inês” is a dance performance which aims to depict contemporary Portuguese culture in a way that extends beyond dance.

It is based on the history of Pedro and Inês, a heritage that belongs to all of us. Throughout time many artists have depicted their often turbulent love story.

We opted to adapt it because we feel it identifies us. We worked with Portuguese composers, opted for a text by Afonso Cruz and costume design by Jose António Clemente.

We further opted to incorporate a contemporary installation by Pedro Crisóstomo into the stage design.

In this way, ‘The Murmurs of Pedro and Inês’ uses a neoclassical aesthetic language but also a contemporary one which is rarely used, or seen, on Portuguese stages. We further hope to remind the public that this dance format exists, and may be used to explore numerous themes on stages around the world.

I greatly believe in this project, I strongly believe in the work I have developed with Solange, as well as other artists, and I am profoundly grateful and honoured to accept this award from the Mirpuri Foundation.

This award is incredibly important. It will help me greatly, but undoubtedly inspire fellow artists in the future.

It also serves to further motivate the public to experience culture.

Art is very much like a tree with numerous branches. This award from the Mirpuri Foundation serves to fertilize the roots of the tree, which represents art.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.”

Elmano Sancho – Winner of the Mipuri Foundation’s Carlos Avilez Theatre Award

Elmano Sancho made his acting debut in Teatro da Garagem in 2004. He started to direct for the stage in 2014 and, just two years later, was writing his own plays.

His first stage production was ‘Não Quero Morrer’ (‘I Don’t Want to Die’), the first play he wrote was ‘I can’t breathe’ (eu não consigo respirar) and most recent was ‘A Última Estação’ (‘The Last Station’).

“I’d like to thank the Foundation for its recognition of my work to date.

It is a great honour to be rewarded for something that is essentially a passion.

The ‘Last Station’ is the third play that I have written and the fourth production I have been responsible for.

It is based on the traditional Stations of the Cross, but with the addition of a final scene, ‘The Resurrection’. Originally introduced by Pope John Paul II, the 15th station represents hope and transformation. Not just on an individual level, but also on a global one.

The passion of Christ is a metaphor for the daily struggles of all humanity. I chose to contrast that struggle with the life of Ted Bundy.

For anyone who is not familiar with the story, Ted Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper and rapist, who, shortly before execution, and after 10 years of denials, confessed to the murder of 30 women in the 1970s.

Bundy’s young victims thought him handsome and charismatic, traits that he exploited to win their trust.

Bundy and Christ were both put to death for acting outside societal norms. Both broke the law, both were punished with death.

As an artist, I wanted to explore the differences and the similarities, and to contrast these men through the 15 acts of the passion.

Physically, I’m told I look a little bit like Bundy. I was also born on December 25th, the birthdate of Christ.

I have something then to relate to each man.

So, I wrote my play with 15 acts, each one representing a stage of Christ’s passion. And it deals alternately with the character of Christ and Bundy and the people who ultimately became victims of both stories.

To win this Mirpuri Foundation award for my work is an honour.

It not only validates my career to date, but enables me to develop my craft with determination, courage, and security, but also with a responsibility in relation to other artists.

Being the inaugural winner also makes me an ambassador for the award, to show others that it’s important and to encourage them to put themselves forward in the future.

In a nation that is not well known for initiatives that support our artists, the award is fundamental in making art credible and showing our appreciation for it. I thank you very sincerely for this honour.”

Edward Ayres D’ Abreu and Duarte Pereira Martins — Winners of the Mirpuri Foundation’s Sequeira Costa Award for Music

Edward Ayres D’ Abreu and Duarte Pereira Martins, founded MPMP (the Heritage Movement for Portuguese Music) in 2009.

At the time, they were both students at the Conservatory of Music, where their studies led to them to the discovery of little-known scores by Portuguese composers.

Soon realising the high quality and artistic and cultural value of the music, they decided to foster and promote the work of these seemingly-forgotten composers.

The pair now edit a magazine, produce CDs and promote the work in concerts. In 2012, they created the MPMP Ensemble, directed by Maestro Jan Wierzba. The Ensemble is made up of young musicians who attempt to breathe new life back into these important works from our past.

Duarte Pereira Martins

“Winning the Mirpuri award for us means achieving recognition for work we have been developing since we were students at the Conservatory.

It is very important in that it allows us to now become more professional.

Much of what we have achieved has been based on volunteers, friends, and people who have offered help for the love of the music.

While that has been wonderful, the award will allow us to move on the next stage, to finally expand our project and achieve greater goals.

Also, to compete for an award of this kind is always incredibly fulfilling.

To a certain extent, it will dictate and guide other organisations in their attitude to the sponsorship of the arts in the near future.

It challenges us personally to think about and find new objectives and new forms for the association, and all organisations in general, to grow.

We are both extremely grateful for this award and pledge that we will use the freedom it gives us to expand on the cultural work we have done already.”

Edward Ayres D’ Abreu:

“An award of this importance and scale is extremely important as an instrument of communication.

It lets society know that there are interesting projects underway. Innovative projects which surprise us, that we are enthusiastic about, and are worthwhile developing so we can guarantee an enriched and interesting cultural future.

We are very grateful to receive it.”

About the event

The Mirpuri Foundation’s 2018 Dance, Music and Theatre Awards was created with the aim of recognizing cultural activities of excellence and stimulating the quality of artistic production in Portugal.

The ceremony will take place in the Main Hall of the São Carlos Opera House on November 3 and will feature the participation of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. The Gala will feature performances by world-renowned ballet dancers from the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet - Moscow, The Royal Ballet - London, The Marinski Ballet - St. Petersburg and State Ballet of Georgia - Tbilisi, as well as the the presence of guest of honor Vladimir Vasiliev, the legendary dancer from the Bolshoi Theatre.

The Mirpuri Foundation is deeply committed to supporting the arts by implementing initiatives that contribute to the preservation and strengthening of cultural heritage.

Author: Peters, Hans / Anefo

With the special presence of Mr. Vladimir Vasiliev — “The God of Dance”

One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, choreographer, theatre and film director,actor, teacher, artist, poet and much more.

For thirty years the Bolshoi Ballet leading dancer (1958-1988) - a superlative performer with an immense range, possessing a rare artistic gift, charm and virtuosity, awarded by the Paris Dance Academy with the title The best dancer of the World, and by Dancing Time magazine - Le Dieu de la Danse.

He made a huge contribution to male classical dance, created new models for it – standards, which shaped several artistic generations, the present generation included.

The most recent award of commendatore  del’Ordine della Stella d’Italia given to Vasiliev by the Italian President.


Pas de Deux from the III act of “Swan Lake”

World premiere on January 15 ,1895 Mariinsky Theatre - Saint Petersburg


Ekaterina Kondaurova and Andrey Ermakov (as Odile and Prince Siegfried) Mariinsky Ballet, Saint Petersburg


M. Petipa


P. Tchaikovsky

The “Grand Pas de Deux” from the third act of Swan Lake is widely known as the Black Swan “Pas de Deux”. Prince Siegfried has fallen for Odette, the victim of an evil spirit who has been condemned to live as a swan unless someone who has never loved before swears to love her forever. During a ball at the palace, Von Rothbart – the evil spirit in human form – arrives with his daughter Odile, who by magic resembles Odette. Not realizing that he is being deceived, the Prince falls under her spell.

Méditation from Thaïs

World premiere at the Adelphi Theatre, in 1971


Nina Ananiashvili State Ballet of Georgia, Tbilisi and Marcelo Gomes International Guest Star


F. Ashton


J. Massenet

Frederick Ashton’s Méditation from Thaïs is set to the flowing melodies of the” Méditation Religieuse” from Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs (1894). Ashton complements the ethereal and romantic mood of the music with a lyrical love duet.

Pas-de-Deux from the III act of “Coppelia”

World premiere at the Théâtre Impérial l'Opéra, Paris in 1870


Hikaru Kobayashi and Federico Bonelli (as Swanilda and Franz) Royal Ballet, London


Arthur Saint-Léon/ M. Petipa


Léo Delibes

Dr. Coppelius is an eccentric toymaker. He has built a life-sized doll, Coppelia, and daydreams of her coming to life. Franz, a young villager betrothed to Swanilda, is unaware that Coppelia, who sits at Dr. Coppelius’ window, is only a doll and finds himself attracted to her beauty. Entering Dr. Coppelius’s house, Swanilda finds out that Coppelia is nothing but one of the mysterious toymaker’s creations. Dr. Coppelius soon returns and Swanilda remains trapped.
Dr Coppelius takes the opportunity to cast a spell, seeking to give life to Coppelia by transferring Franz’s life force to the doll. He is overjoyed when she comes to life, not knowing that Swanilda – who has been following all his actions – has taken her place. Franz regains his consciousness, and soon all is revealed. Swanilda forgives Franz and they run out, leaving the dismayed Dr. Coppelius alone with his toys.The villagers gather to celebrate the harvest, as well as the wedding of Swanilda and Franz. The festivities continue into the night, with the wedding Pas de Deux.


World premiere at Ballet Gulbenkian, in 1977


Patrícia Henriques Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo, Lisbon and Miguel Ramalho Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Lisbon


Vasco Wellenkamp


G. Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony no.5


Liliana Mendonça

Pas d’ésclave from “Le Corsaire”

World premiere at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra, in Paris, in 1856 .Revival at the Mariinsky Imperial Theatre, 1899


Nutsa Chekurashvili and Yonen Takano (As Gulnare and Lanquedem) State Ballet of Georgia, Tbilisi


M. Petipa/reviewd by P.Gusev


A. Adam

Loosely based on the poem, The Corsair by Lord Byron and set in and around Andrianople,” Le Corsaire “is a swashbuckling spectacle about the adventures of the chief corsair, Conrad, who saves his beloved Medora, a beautiful harem girl, from being sold to Seyd, Pasha of the Isle of Cos, by her guardian and master of the bazaar, Isaac Lanquedem.
Petipa extracted the central Pas from” La Rose, la Violette et le Papillon” and added it to the first act of “Le Corsaire”. The Pas was rechristened as the “Pas d’Esclave” and has remained in” Le Corsaire” ever since. Eventually, new variations were introduced to the “Pas d’Esclave”; the well-known male variation was added in 1914 by the Premier Danseur Pierre Vladimirov and the female variation is that of the Prima Ballerina Maria Gorshenkova to music by Riccardo Drigo from “The Vestal”. In many productions today, the “ Pas d’Esclave” is performed by Gulnare ( the Pasha’s favourite slave) and Lanquedem.

Dying Swan

World premiere at the Noblemen's Hall in S Petersburg, in 1905


Nina Ananiashvili State Ballet of Georgia, Tbilisi


M. Fokine


C. Saint-Saëns

Inspired by swans that she had seen in public parks and by Lord Tennyson's poem "The Dying Swan", Anna Pavlova, who had just become a ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre, asked Michel Fokine to create a solo dance for her for a 1905 gala concert being given by artists from the chorus of the Imperial Mariinsky Opera. Fokine suggested Saint-Saëns's cello solo, Le Cygne, which Fokine had been playing at home on a mandolin to a friend's piano accompaniment, and Pavlova agreed.

Pas de Deux from the III act of “D. Quixote”

World premiere at the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, 1869


Maria Aleksandrova and Mikhail Lobukhin (as Kitri and Basil) Boshoi Ballet, Moscow


M. Petipa/ A. Gorsky


L. Minkus

The ballet” Don Quixote” is inspired by the novel written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century. The ballet follows the adventure of Don Quixote, who is obsessed with medieval times and chivalry, and is determined to find his idealized lady whom he calls Dulcinea. At a marketplace in Barcelona, two young lovers, Kitri and Basil, profess their love for one another; however, Kitri’s father, Lorenzo, forbids it, as he has betrothed her to marry a rich nobleman, Gamache.
In his sleep, Don Quixote dreams of young maidens, and of course his Dulcinea, who is represented by the beautiful Kitri. Lorenzo finds Kitri and Basil and makes her agree to marry Gamache. Here, Basil pretends to commit suicide, and Kitri persuades her father to let her marry Basil as his final death wish. Her father agrees and blesses their marriage, and Basil immediately comes back to life. Don Quixote is the guest of honour at Kitri and Basil’s wedding.


Awards Ceremony

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM with Filipe de Moura - Tenor


Mitch Leigh


Joe Darion


Catarina Furtado

Catarina Furtado is one of Portugal’s best-loved television personalities and celebrities. She is well-known as a TV, theater and film actress, as well as an author, a TV-host, a journalist and a documentary filmmaker. In 2018, she was one of the four hosts of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Catarina also attended the National Conservatory specializing in dance. Ms. Furtado was appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2000, and in 2010 Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon appointed her as a Millennium Development Goal Champion and invited her to speak at the International Youth Day ceremony held during the Millennium Summit.

Paul Rose

Paul Rose reports for BBC News and makes live appearances on BBC Breakfast, BBC 24 News, Sky News and local TV News. He is also Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division. Paul is an expert polar, exploration and field science consultant. A mountain has been named after him in Antarctica. With unique access across a wide range of expert fields, Paul Rose is constantly working to raise awareness of global issues such as the understanding and protection of our ecosystems, biodiversity, climate change and sustainability.

The venue

São Carlos Opera House
R. Serpa Pinto 9
Lisbon, Portugal

Nearby public transport

We are within walking distance from a number of Lisbon Underground stations. The nearest is Baixa-Chiado. Bus are 58 and 790 and runs directly past the São Carlos Opera House along Serpa Pinto Street.

Car parking

Paid car parking spaces available at Luís de Camões Square and Baixa-Chiado.