Armando Duarte (www.duartedance.com), a native Brazilian, holds a B.S. in Physical Education from University of São Paulo and an M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Mr. Duarte is a founding member of the internationally known Cisne Negro Dance Company (from São Paulo, Brazil, where he worked for 14 years). He has received a Best New Choreographer award from the São Paulo Association of Arts Reviewers, and in 1989, he was one of the international guest choreographers at the American Dance Festival.
He has choreographed 60 original works and re-staged numerous works since coming to the UI in 1993. He has created works for companies in the United States, Brazil, and other countries, and more than half of his repertory is based on or related to his native Brazilian culture.
At the University of Iowa, he is a two-time winner of the Iowa Old Gold Summer Fellowship; and has received several grants from the Support Program for Arts and Humanities and the Arts and Humanities Initiative Program.
Several repertory and regional dance companies throughout the world have commissioned his choreography. Most recently he has created works for the Brigham Young University in Utah, the Victoria Ballet in Texas, the Georgia Youth Ballet in Atlanta, Georgia, the Sandra Organ Dance Company, and the internationally known Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. His international guest appearances included visits to Milan, Geneva, Lausanne, Udine, Paris, São Paulo, and Natal. In Brazil he continues to be very active in the Dance field. He has choreographed works for the Bale da Cidade de Natal and the UAI Q Dança Company in Uberlândia. He taught several workshops at prestigious places, including the Studio 3 with the Sociedade Masculina da Dança and the Cisne Negro Companhia de Dança.
Currently, his academic research involves an in-depth investigation on Brazilian Carnival, and since the fall, 2008 he has been teaching the Brazilian Carnival, music, dance, design, and street performance course for UI students. The course offers an in-depth view of the popular Brazilian culture, with emphasis on the dance and music of Samba and Carnival. In addition, since the winter, 2009 he has been leading groups of UI students to experience the making of the Brazilian Carnival Parades and the African-Brazilian Diaspora in dance, music, design and street performances in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in southeast of Brazil (http://www.youtube.com/user/uiowainternational). He also shares his knowledge on this fascinating subject through lectures and presentations to schools and communities throughout Iowa and the Midwest.
Mr. Duarte intends to continue teaching and choreographing for universities, dance schools, and regional dance companies throughout the United States. With his artistry and cultural background, he hopes to contribute to the education of dance students and audiences of all ages.
Mr. Duarte is also the artistic director of the Duarte Dance Works (DDW), a contemporary dance company based in Iowa City.