Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet
BORN: Juiz de Fora, Brazil
TRAINING: The Royal Ballet School
Joined the San Francisco Ballet Company as a principal dancer in 2009
Vitor Luiz has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Albrecht), Nutcracker(King of the Snow and Grand Pas de Deux Prince), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desiré), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Basilio); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Franz); Cranko’s Onegin (Onegin); Scarlett’s Frankenstein (The Creature); Balanchine’s Prodigal Son; and Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (Solor). He created roles in Tomasson’s Trio; Caniparoli’s Tears; Liang’s The Infinite Ocean and Symphonic Dances; Lopez Ochoa’s Guernica; Possokhov’s “Adagio” from Carmen, Swimmer, and Talk to Her (hable con ella); Wheeldon’s Number Nine; and Zanella’s Underskin.
His repertory includes principal roles in Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Serenade, Pas de Deux from Stars and Stripes, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Bubeníček’s Gentle Memories; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and No Other; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Millepied’s The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Petipa’s Le Corsaire Pas de Deux; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, RAkU, and The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, Seven Sonatas, and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering; Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries and Hummingbird; Thatcher’s Otherness; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Concerto Grosso, The Fifth Season, Haffner Symphony, On a Theme of Paganini, and Prism; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. He danced a featured corps role in King’s The Collective Agreement.
Vitor was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Possokhov’s Classical Symphony during the 2010 Repertory Season.