Thiago Soares answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition


Thiago SoaresWhen did you start dan­cing?
I started age 15.

Why did you start dan­cing?
When I joined the Centro de Dança Rio it felt right, and I felt like I had found something that I had been looking for until then.. and I thought that to keep going would take me somewhere.

Which dan­cer inspired you most as a child?
My first idol in dance was Fernando Bujones.

What’s your favourite role?
’s Onegin.

What role have you never played but would like to?
Armand in Asthon’s Marguerite and Armand.

Who is your favour­ite cho­reo­grapher?
If there was a way to go back in time I would love to work with two people: and John Cranko.

Who is your favour­ite writer?
Khaled Hosseini.

Who is your favour­ite dir­ector?
Fernando Meirelles.

Who is your favour­ite actor?
That’s a difficult one… some actors I really like: , Jeremy Irons, Alfred Molina, Marília Pêra, Al Pacino, Isabelle Huppert, Fernanda Montenegro…

Who is your favour­ite singer?
Juan Diego Florez.

What is your favour­ite book?
The Kite Runner.

What is your favour­ite film?
The Artist.

Which is your favour­ite city?

What was your proudest moment?
Being able to have a nice house with my wife, and help my family and give back a bit of what they did for me back in Rio.

When and where were you hap­pi­est?
Oh… ok… summer, London, Núñez, Rio, dancing, eating, beach, amigos, films, carnival, Milan…

What do you con­sider your greatest achieve­ment?
Having fulfilled most of my dreams in life.


— a biography

Thiago Soares trained at the Centro de Dança in Rio de Janeiro before joining the Theatro Municipal in Rio in 1998. His repertoire there included the Prince in , Siegfried in Makarova’s Swan Lake, Solor in Makarova’s La Bayadère, Romeo in Vasiliev’s Romeo and Juliet, and Basilio in Don Quixote.

Over the years he has trained with Yelê Bittencourt, Debora Bastos, Angelica Fiorani, Manoel Francisco and Dalal Achcar in Brazil, Slawa Muchamedov in Russia, Johnathan Cope in the UK, and Liopa Araujo and Dino Carrera in Cuba. In 2002 he briefly trained with the  Ballet and danced Siegfried and Basilio with the Russian State Ballet.

Soares joined the in 2002 as a First Artist and was promoted to Soloist in 2003, First Soloist in 2004, and Principal in September 2006. Since joining the company, he has danced the title role in John Cranko’s production of Eugene Onegin, Siegfriend in Anthony Dowell’s Swan Lake, the Prince in Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, the First Movement of Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, the Second Movement of Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Diamonds in Jewels and Balanchine’s  Pas de deux.

His Kenneth MacMillan repertoire includes Tybalt and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Rasputin in Anastasia, Lescaut in ManonElite SyncopationsFarewell Pas de deux from Winter Dreams and Rudolf in Mayerling, while his  repertoire includes the Thaïs Medatition Pas de deux, Orion in Sylvia, Colas in La Fille mal gardéeBirthday Offering Pas de deux and Awakening Pas de deux.

He has also danced Carabosse and Prince Desire in Makarova’s Sleeping Beauty, Solor in Makarova’s La Bayadére, the lead Pas de deux in William Forsyeth’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated Franz in ’ Coppélia, Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Mark Morris’ Gong, Ivan Tsarevich in Fokine’s The Firebird, Prince Florimund in the Monica Mason and Christopher Newton production of The Sleeping Beauty and the Queen of Fire’s Consort in Christopher Wheeldon’s Fire variation in Homage to the Queen.

Soares has also created roles in David Bintley’s Les Saisons and Will Tucket’s The Seven Deadly Sins.

He has performed with Svetlana Zaharova, , Sylvie Guillem, Darcey Bussell, Tamara Rojo, Alina Cojucaru, Roberta Marquez, Cecilia Kerche, among others.

Soares is married to fellow dancer and frequent partner Marianela Núñez who he proposed to on stage after a curtain call for a performance of The Sleeping Beauty in front of the whole company. They married in Buenos Aires in July 2011.

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