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Ismael Ivo

São Paulo, New York and Berlin are considered the outstanding stages of his career. Ismael Ivo studied acting and dance in his home town of São Paulo, winning an award as best solo dancer in ´79, ´81, ´82. In 1983 he accepted an invitation from Alvin Ailey to move to New York, where he became a member Alvin Ailey Dance Center. From ´85 to ´96 Ismael Ivo lived in Berlin. He collaborates closely with Johann Kresnik, the German Dance Theatre choreograph and Ushiu Amagatsu, the Japanese director and choreograph of the world famous Sankai Juku ensemble. This very varied experiences synthesize with his African-Brazilian roots.

He has made guest appearances all over the world with his numerous solo performances, such as Phoenix, 1985, Under Skin,´87, Delirium of a Childhood,´89, Die kreisrunden Ruinen,´91. In 1992 he went on tour with Apocalypse, accompanied by Takashi Kako, the Japanese pianist. Labyrintos his first group choreography, was premiered at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart early in ´93. Ismael Ivos previews collaboration with Johann Kresnik include Phoenix,´85, Mars (Theater Basel and later Schauspielhaus Hamburg), Francis Bacon, which was acclaimed as the Dance Theatre success story of ´94, and most recently Othello in ´95. The later two productions, for which the Theaterhaus Stuttgart was responsible were subsequently performed in many countries around the globe.

In 1994 Ismael Ivo worked with George Tabori in Leibzig on the opera Moses and Aron. For more than ten years he had been the artistic director of the International Tanzwochen Wien festival in Vienna. To mark the start of the ´96/ ´97 season, Ismael Ivo was appointed Dance Theatre director at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar, where he produced The Brief History of Hell ´97, Artaud ´97, Kuss im Rinnstein´, directed by Marcio Aurelio, ´98, Micheangelo, coproduced with Schaubühne Berlin and directed by George Tabori in ´98. At the opening of the Cultural Capital of Europe Weimar in 1999 Mephisto, based on the text Faust from Goethe,also collaborated with the Brazilian director Marcio Aurelio. In ´98/´99 he also directed and choreographed Medea-Material from Heiner Müller, which combined actors and dancers, a solo evening for female dancer, Ariadne, a group piece inspired on three short stories of Garcia Marques, The Funeral of the Big Mama, and a new solo piece for himself, Dionysos.

Parallel to his last directorship season in Nationaltheater Weimar with the premiere of Babel 2000, Ismael Ivo returned to Stuttgart to collaborate again with Theaterhaus, this time in partnership with the dancer Márcia Haydée. They premiered in October ´99 Tristan und Isolde, inspired on the opera of Richard Wagner.

The partnership between Márcia Haydée and Ismael Ivo is continued: Aura is a choreography they both realized for the ballet of Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro. This homage to Miles Davis and Alvin Ailey was premiered in October 2000. For Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, they created a piece inspired on the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Floresta Do Amazonas, premiere was in December 2000. Again a ballet for a classical company, the Ankara State Ballet, they realized in April 2001 with “Medea”.

With Yoshi Oida as director and Koffi Koko as dance partner Ismael Ivo works on Saint Genet, a piece about the French writer Jean Genet, realized in collaboration with Theaterhaus Stuttgart, House of World Culture, Berlin and City Theater Rouen, France and Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, premiere in March 2001.

Under the directorship of George Tabori, Márcia Haydée and Ismael Ivo developed a new form of performance in a play without words, Ödipus after the play of Sophokles. The premiere was in September 2001 in Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, which produced the piece together with Theaterhaus Stuttgart.
In May 2002 Ismael Ivo created a new duo together with Màrcia Haydée, “M.-like Callas”, a homage to the famous opera singer, as well to his college as one of the most famous female dancers, which was called once “The Callas of the Dance” by international press. In the same month Ismael Ivo followed an invitation by Carolyn Carlson to her “SoloMen” project. His new solo evening “Mapplethorpe” he premiered at La Biennale Di Venezia 2002. This piece is inspired by the work of the famous American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe

2006 revival of APOKALYPSE

since 2005 artistic director of the Biennale di Venezia

Takashi Kako (composer, pianist)

Takashi Kako was born in 1947. After studying composition as an
undergraduate and graduate student at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, in 1971 he went to France on a scholarship from the French government and studied at the Paris Conservatoire under Olivier Messiaen.
In 1973, while still a student, he made his debut in Paris as an improvising pianist. He graduated with the Prix de Composition in 1976. In 1979 he became the first Japanese musician to have an album released on the German ECM label. Entitled Paradox, this album was released all over the world. Kako has presented concerts of his own works in more than 200 cities in 26 countries.
After returning to Japan in 1980, he established his own musical
style incorporating elements from classical music, contemporary music and jazz into his compositional and performance activities, including works commissioned for the cinema, stage and orchestral performance.

His major works to date include Klee, a collection of works for piano based on his impressions of paintings by Paul Klee, music to accompany the NHK Special documentary Eizo no seiki and more than fifty albums. In 1998 he was awarded the Prize for the Best Artistic Contribution for his music for the film by the Belgian director Marion Hansel entitled The Quarry, which won the Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival. He was awarded the Music Prize in the 57th Mainichi Film Competition for his music for the film Amidado-dayori by Takashi Koizumi, which was released in 2002.

He composed the music for “The Professor and his Beloved Equation”,a film directed by Takashi Koizumi and put on the show in January 2006.

His official website is located at

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