"The first new work - and also the most interesting of the program - is What Got You Here by the Brazilian Daniela Cardim. On each of the beautiful miniatures by composer Nico Muhly, three men and three women answer the amazement that sounds in Bill Bryson's texts, as quoted from his equally witty and masterly A Short History or Nearly Everything. The dance is frieze and airy, but with enough interesting movement material. I would like to see it three times in a row.”
Het Parool, Amsterdam, 2019
"Inspired by Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, the dancers were accompanied by extracts from the audio book and a diverse array of music fragments... six young dancers brought the subtle irony of Bryson’s words to life with a youthful playfulness that belied the technical polish and faultless timing of their performance." - Arts Talk Mag.NL, February, 2019
“Cardim’s enchainment’s had a screensaver-ish flow but her real gift is for the tricky business of getting dancers on and off. Lesser dancemakers play about with lights or resort to a po-mo slouch into the wings but Cardim’s ensembles melt away to solos like magic."
Financial Times, London, November, 2016 on Vertex
“Top honours.... go to Cardim for Vertex, a highly attractive, inventively dynamic ensemble dance inspired by a lively, tender string quartet by Camargo Guarnieri and British sculptor Ann Christopher’s abstract drawings.”
The Times, London, November, 2016
"Tangents, by company manager and choreographer of growing repute Daniela Cardim to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition was an abstract, lyrical journey centred around the changes in relationships, the differences in how people interact with each other. It was sensitively shaped, with a number of eye-catching sequences. I liked the moment when two of the girls came on stage huddled on the backs of their partners like infant monkeys clinging desperately to their parents."
Dance Europe August 2015
"Daniela Cardim's 'Inertia' to Michael Nyman music was a confident, sophisticated work in neo-classical style"
Daniela's video reel is here.
Forthcoming performance calendar here.
Daniela Cardim is British/Brazilian choreographer based in London. She danced with Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro for 5 years and with Dutch National Ballet, in Amsterdam, for 11 years.
Daniela has created works for Dutch National Ballet, New English Ballet Theatre (NEBT), Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo Companhia de Dança, English National Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet’s School, School of American Ballet (as part of the New York Choreographic Institute) and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
In 2016 she created two ballets to critical acclaim: Uirapuru for Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro performed at the city's opera house, and Vertex for New English Ballet Theatre, performed at the Peacock Theatre in London.
Her most recent commission, What Got You Here, a creation for Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company was premiered in January 2018 in Amsterdam, and also performed at the ROH Linbury Theatre in London, on 5-6 July 2019.
In 2019, Daniela has created new works Elmhurst Ballet School and Two Husbands, for New English Ballet Theatre which previewed in September at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells. Upcoming commissions include new works for Birmingham Royal Ballet, as part of Ballet Now in 2020 and Dutch National Ballet in collaboration with fellow choreographer Peter Leung.
Daniela is New English Ballet Theatre’s Associate Choreographer and created works for the company in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She was cited as ‘new name to watch’ by Dance Europe Magazine’s Critics’ Choice Awards for her 2015 work for NEBT. Her work Vertex was chosen by Dance Europe's Critics’ Choice Awards as one of the 'Best Premieres of 2017’.