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Renê Salazar

Set and Costume Designer

Born in São Paulo, Brazil and based in Switzerland, Renê began his career as a dancer, studying in São Paulo and later performing as a soloist at the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro from 2001-2012.

Renê transitioned from his dance career into design for the stage and film production, gaining a degree in Scenography from the Institute of Performing Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) . During that time he also worked as a trainee for Cine and assistant stage designer at the  Municipal Theatre in Rio. In 2015 he was production assistant for Sound Kitchen at PQ 15 - Prague Quadrennial  of Performance Design and Space.


 Renê's work in the theatre includes set and costume  designs  for opera, theatre, and ballet. Recent productions include full length Giselle for Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan as well as Ricardo Amarante's productions of Touch of Illusion and Diversity for Astana Ballet. For the 2016 cultural programme of the Rio Olympics, he designed the costumes for Trilogia  Amazônica which included works by Daniela Cardim and  Marcelo Gomes. He also created the costumes for Diamante for the Ballet of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina  and Discotheke for Grupo DC de  Danças.

In September, 2018, Renê created the set and costume designs for Ricardo Amarante's Premiere, commissioned by Atlanta Ballet. In autumn 2019, he worked with Alexander Stoyanov's Kiev Ballet on a revival of Ricardo Amarante's Touch of Illusion.

His other stage work includes the  ballet Catulli Carmina for the Municipal Theatre of Rio and Acis e Galatea and Orfeu e Euridice for the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). Theatre productions includes productions for Teatro Sergio Porto and SESC Circuit in Rio. 

In 2021-22, Renê created the sets and costumes for a new full-length production of Alice in Wonderland for the National Ballet of Portugal with choreographer Howard Quintero and designed Firebird and Scheherazade, two new productions by Ricardo Amarante commissioned by Estonia's Vanemuine Ballet.

Recent projects include a new creation, Delight, choreographed by Ricardo Amarante, for Miami City Ballet as well as an evening of new choreography for Switzerland's Cie La Ronde both in Spring 2024.


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