The winner of the Mirpuri Foundation’s Anna Mascolo Award for Dance in 2018, Fernando Duarte, will be the new director of the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB) in Lisbon, according to the Organismo de Produção Artística (Opart).

Fernando Duarte, co-founder of Dança em Diálogos, was chosen through an international competition launched in March and will start his duties on September 2, succeeding Carlos Prado, whose mandate ends on August 30.

The competition jury was chaired by Conceição Amaral, president of Opart’s board of directors, and included Rui Morais, Mark Deputter, Olga Roriz and Ted Brandsen. In their decision, the jury highlighted Duarte’s program proposal, training and artistic experience, which stood out for being clear and comprehensive, thus justifying their unanimous choice of five finalist applications out of a total of 46 received.

The Mirpuri Foundation Dance, Music and Theatre Awards were created to recognize cultural activities of excellence and stimulate the quality of international artistic production. The Foundation is honoured to have already supported great artists and projects and to see them prosper.

About Fernando Duarte:

Born in Lisbon in 1979, he studied at the Academia de Dança Contemporânea de Setúbal under the guidance of Maria Bessa and António Rodrigues. He was a trainee at the Companhia de Dança Contemporânea, a principal dancer at the CNB and a soloist with the Norwegian National Ballet.

He became a ballet master at the CNB in 2011 and has created new versions of classics such as “Swan Lake” and “Nutcracker”. Since 2018, he has been a teacher at the Escola Artística de Dança do Conservatório Nacional and a guest teacher at several dance schools, both national and international. Between 2021 and 2023, he directed the project Radio(grafias) Iguais. He is currently a co-artistic curator of Ciclo de Bailado and a PhD candidate in Artistic Studies at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, researching narrativity and choreology in contemporary ballets.