FERNANDO BELFIORE [1983 – Sao Paolo, Brazil] is a choreographer and performance artist currently based in Amsterdam. He graduated from the School for New Dance Development – SNDO. Before moving to Europe he completed his studies of theater at Sao Paolo Public University – EAD/USP. He was invited to be part of Europe in Motion program in 2012 and received the Impulstanz/DANCEWEB scholarship in 2013. He is a guest teacher at SNDO since 2013 and has been teaching workshops abroad and mentoring young artists.

After his graduation, he received an award for best direction in Spain and was nominated for ITS Festival Choreography Award with The miserable Thing. Since then he has slowly toured his works extensively in many European countries, America and Asia in places such as American Realness Festival, New York, Fierce Festival Birmingham, Guangdong Dance Festival, Festival Contemporâneo de Dança, Sao Paulo, among others. After graduating he made his solo You Must with the dramaturgic collaboration of Ivo Dimchev and .whatdofinallyshare. that was selected for Aerowaves as priority company 2013. Also in 2013, he started to develop the performance improvisation practice called Supernatural together with Florentina Holzinger. His last solo premiered at the end of 2014, Al13FB<3, was selected to Aerowaves TopTwenty 2016.

Last Year, 2016, he represented The Netherlands at the Olympic Cultural Program in Rio de Janeiro at dance category (HOBRA/FPK/Panorama Festival) creating a mass choreography and installation. He was commissioned to make work for students of FONTYS Academy in Tilburg and directed a new work D3US/X\M4CHIN4. Belfiore also created a series of social practices in Amsterdam called EXPERIMENTS inspired by LOTE/Cristian Duarte residences and has been collaborating with artists from the local scene and abroad.

Since graduating he has been artist-in-residence at Dansmakers Amsterdam and he was guest artist of ICK for two years. He is currently part of DANSCO, a nomadic structure for artistic exchange and production, founded together with Vincent Riebeek, Michele Rizzo, Florentina Holzinger, Renée Copraij and Marieke van Bueren. He also performed in projects by Deborah Hay, Miet Warlop, Ann Liv Young, Ibrahim Quraishi, Matej Kejžar, Bojan Djordjev, Vincent Riebeek, Jeremy Wade, Peaches and The Knife.

Belfiore works explore performance art having the body as his main medium trough the mixture of theater, choreographic questions and visual arts references. Each work proposes a diverse experience because Belfiore drinks from diverse themes and experiments with modes of creation.

The performer’s presence and potentialities of the body affects are a strong characteristic of his work. He searches for challenging new forms of engagement within the audience’s bodily experience and choice making. His works are intense, designed, visual and radical often arriving at places of softness, and delicate transformation. He is intrigued by exploring the politics of the contemporary body and by questioning our social relations. All his works present a body that is primitive and vulnerable, which is contrasted with a mix of pop and mass culture elements.

Belfiore avoids completely theater as an illusion box but seeks for magic. Also, does not work with dance as a combination of set movements one after the other but as precise sculptural tasks and actions to transform the space and the mind, we are set in. He is searching for the extraordinary within the earthly.



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MovementExposed (2019) Lucia Fernandez Santoro (English)
La provence (2017) Over work for PDU/Redplexus,Marseille (French)(English)
Battle of Critics proposition by Isadorino Gore In collaboration with Garage Museum in 2018
TaniecPolska 2018 Marcin Mietus (Polish)(English)
Video Interview 2017 Divadelni Flora (English and Czech) 
Festivalovÿ Zpravodaj 2017 Barbora Kašparavápage 6-7 (Czech) 
CultuurPeers 2016 Maarten Baanders (Dutch) (English)
Dans Magazine Photo Interview 2016 Thomas Lenden 
Draff Maganize Video Interview 2016 José Miguel Jiménez (English) 
Field NOTES WSB 2016 (English)
Writing Dance 2015 Sebastian Kann  (English)
Interview 2015 Zeynep Gunduz (English)
TheaterKrant 2015 Moos van den Broek (Dutch)
Examiner/Axs 2016 Chris O'Rourke (English)
Totally Dublin 2016 Rachel Donelly (English)
Wild Card Guest 2016 Tom O'Dea (English) 
Spring Back Academy 2016 Stella Mastorosteriou/Ka Bradley/Sanjoy Roy (English) 
PateyFerg's Blog 2015 Phoebe Patey-Ferguson (DocVersionEnglish)
OutThere Interview 2015 Emily Carlton (English)
Die Rheinpfalz 2015 Olivia Kaiser (Germand) (English)
TheaterKrant  2014 Moos van den Broek (Dutch)
CJP Interview 2014 Martine Bakker (Dutch)
Contemporary Cruising Online Magazine (English)
Performatus 2014 Tales Frey (Portuguese) (English)
Dans Magazine 2013 Lisa Reinheimer (Dutch)
Interview 2012 Zeynep Gunduz (English)
TheaterKrant 2012 Karin van de Wiel (Dutch) (English)
Contemporary Cruising Online Magazine (English)
You Must
Volkskrant 2012 Annette Embrechts, You Must over Julidans (Dutch)
Volkskrant 2011 Mirjam van der Linden (Dutch) (English)
The miserable thing
Volkskrant, 2011 Mirjam van der Linder, over ITs Festival (Dutch)
Art Critique Europe 2011 Charlotte Schultz, over Its ( Dutch)
NRC 2012 Herien Wensink, over ACT Festival (Dutch)
Make8elieve, Online Magazine Page 53-55 (English)
You Better Move#3 Curating Festival Review of works 2017 Theaterkrant ( Dutch)
Video Interview Paraplet Team / Derida Dance Center-Sofia 2016 ( English) 
Radio Interview Schaduwploeg ITs Festival 2015
Interview by Margô Dalla-Schutte (Portuguese)
Report from Ingrid van Frankenhuyzen – EUROPE IN MOTION (Dutch)
O Globo Over HOBRA - Residence Carina Bacelar (Portuguese)
Schunk- Waar Zijn de NeeZeggers Van Nu- Fransien van der Putt (Dutch)
DubbelInterview 2014 SSBA-Salon (Dutch)





2019 Paradigm Festival Groningen (NL)

2019 Cometogether#4 Frascati Amsterdam (NL)

2019 Julidans International Theater Amsterdam Studio Premiere Version (NL)

2019 Julidans International Theater Amsterdam (NL)

2019 Julidans Openluchttheater VondelPark  (NL)


2017 Festival Préavis de Désordre Urbain – Friche La Bella De Mai (FR)

2017 Festival Préavis de Désordre Urbain – Place Bargemon (FR)

2017 Festival Préavis de Désordre Urbain- Place Bargemon (FR)

2017 Festival Préavis de Désordre Urbain – Vieux Port (FR)


2016 Centro Casa Laurinda de Cultura, Rio de Janeiro –  HOBRA Residence (BR)


2019 OCCI Queer Party Amsterdam (NL)

2018 Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (RU)

2018 De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (NL)

2018 Kikker Theater, Utrecht (NL)

2018 Gran Theater, Groningen (NL)

2018 Staatstheater, Mainz (DE)

2018 Dansmakers Podium, Amsterdam (NL)


2016 Commissioned to Fremdkörper Festival with students of FONTYS Academy, Tilburg 


2018 BalletOFF Festival – Krakow – (PO)

2017 Frascati – Amsterdam  (NL)

2017 Frascati – Amsterdam  (NL)

2017 Flam Frascati – Amsterdam  (NL)

2017 Flora Theater Festival – Olomouc (CZ)

2017 Flora Theater Festival – Olomouc (CZ)

2016 DansmakersPodium (NL)

2016 Forum of Live Arts VI, Arti Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)

2016 Working Title Platform#4 – WSB (BE)

2015 Moving Futures Festival Amsterdam (NL)

2015 Theater aan de Rijn, Moving Futures Festival, Arnhem (NL)

2015 Theater Kikker, Utrecht  (NL)

2015 Schouwburg de Lawei, Drachten (NL)

2015 LUX Theater, Nijmegen (NL)

2015 WorkSpaceBrussels – Showing Studio ROSAS (BE)


Selected to Aerowaves European Platform priority company 2016

2018 Gender Bender Festival – Bologna – (IT)

2018 Gender Bender Festival – Bologna (IT)

2017 M.A.I Montreal Arts Interculturel (CA)

2017 M.A.I Montreal Arts Interculturel (CA)

2017 FLAM ArtFair Rotterdam (NL)

2016 Tanztausch Leipzig Festival, Leipzig (GE)

2016 Open House International Festival, Dance House Lemesos, Cyprus (CY)

2016 Katalyst Festival, Koln (GE)

2016 Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin (IE)

2016 Burgenländische Tanztage, Oberwart (AU)

2016 Spring Forward Festival, DEPO2015, Pilsen (CZ)

2016 Antistatic Festival, Sofia (BG)

2016 TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LUX)

2016 American Realness Festival, Abrons Art Centre, New York (US)

2016 American Realness Festival,Abrons Art Centre, New York (US)

2016 American Realness Festival,Abrons Art Centre, New York (US)

2016 American Realness Festival,Abrons Art Centre, New York (US)

2015 Fierce Festival Birmingham (UK)

2015 First Friday/Corrosia Almere (NL)

2015 Wunder der Praire Festival Mannheim ( GE)

2015 OpenLucht Festival Amsterdam (NL)

2015 Spider Festival, Elektrarna, Ljubliana (SO)

2014 NWE Vorst, Moving Futures Festival, Tilburg (NL)

2014 Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Moving Futures Festival, Rotterdam (NL)

2014 Theater aan de Rijn, Moving Futures Festival, Arnhem (NL)

2014 GMDC Theatre Guangdong Dance Festival, Guangdong (CN)

2014  Kaaistudios, Working Title Platform, Brussels (BE)

2014  Lux Nijmegen, Moving Future Festival , Nijmegen (NL)

2014 Dansmakers ann t’IJ Moving Futures Festival, Amsterdam (NL)

2014 Dansmakers ann t’IJ Moving Futures Festival, Amsterdam (NL)

2014 Dansmakers ann t’IJ Moving Futures Festival, Amsterdam (NL)

2014  Arti Gallery, Forum of Live Art Amsterdam V, Amsterdam (NL)

2014  Ultima fez Studios, Residence Showing at Work Space Brussels (BE)

2014 Galeria Vermelho, VERBO, Sao Paulo (BR)

2014 Mosteiro de Sao Bento, MAP/P,  Porto (PT)


2014 FLAM V, Arti Gallery, Amsterdam.(NL)

2013 Bouwplaats Festival, SSBA-Salon Stadschouwburg, Amsterdam.(NL)

2013  Hal T2 , Makers Intensive Program, Amsterdam.(NL)

2013 Betanienklooster, Nuit Blanche Festival, Amsterdam (NL)


2013 Casa do Povo/LOTE#2 , Sao Paulo (BR)


Selected to Aerowaves priority company 2013

2013 Funarte, Festival Contemporaneo de Danca de Sao Paulo (BR)

2013 Z Zentrum für Proben und Forschung Frankfurt (GE)

2013 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (NL)

2013 Paradiso, I like to watch too Festival , Amsterdam (NL)

2012 Theater Bellevue, Punch Festival, Amsterdam (NL)

2012 Theater Bellevue, UitMarkt Festival,  (NL)

2012 Dansmakers aan T’Ij, Markers Intensive Amsterdam   (NL)


2016 MIP3 Manisfestção Internacional de Performance, BDMG, Minas Gerais (BR)

2013 Spanski Borci Culture Centre, Spider Festival, Ljubljana (SI)

2013 Impart Theater, Mandala Performance Festival, Wroclaw (PO)

2012 FrankFurt Lab, Rough Cut Festival, Frankfurt (DE)

2012 Galeria Olido, Festival Contemporaneo de Danca, Sao Paulo (BR)

2012 Volksroom, Brussels (BE)

2012  Paradiso, I Like To Watch Too, Amsterdam (NL)

2012 Arti Gallery, Forum of live Arts in Amsterdam III   (NL)

2011  Melkweg Theater, Brazil-Holland Festival, Amsterdam (NL)


2016  Vertigo Festival, Varna (BG)

2012 Warehouse9, Performance Art Festival, Copenhagen (DK)

2012 WitteTheater, Ijmuiden (NL)

2012 Teatro Municipal de Almada, Festival Quinzena de Almada (PT)

2012 Teatro Barakaldo, ACT Festival, Bilbao (ES)

2011 Theater Bellevue, Punch Festival, Amsterdam (NL)

2011 Kanuti Gildi Saal, NEW/NOW Festival, Tallin (EE)

2011 Ufferhallen, Berlin (DE)

2011 Arti Gallery, Forum of Live Arts of Amsterdam II (NL)

2011 Theater Frascati, ITS Festival Awards, Amsterdam (NL)

2011 Melkweg Theater, Graduation Festival,  Amsterdam( NL)