Vitor Luiz (© David Allen)
Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Joined as a principal dancer in 2009
Born in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Vitor Luiz trained with Victor Navarro and Dalal Achcar, Pedro Kraszczuck, and The Royal Ballet School. He began his professional career with Birmingham Royal Ballet and performed as a principal dancer with Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro prior to joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2009.
Among Luiz’ major roles are Albrecht in Tomasson’s Giselle, Nutcracker Prince and King of the Snow in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, Mercutio in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Prince Siegfried in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Basilio in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Franz in Balanchine’s Coppélia, Onegin in Cranko’s Onegin, Solor in Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II; and The Swimmer in Possokhov’s Swimmer. He created roles in Tomasson’s Trio, Caniparoli’s Tears, Liang’s Symphonic Dances, Possokhov’s Swimmer (Nighthawks pas de deux) and Talk to Her, Wheeldon’s Number Nine, and Zanella’s Underskin.
His repertory also includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (2nd movement), Divertimento No. 15, Serenade, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Act 2 pas de deux from Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, Ibsen’s House, and No Other; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, RAkU, and The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Russian Seasons, and Shostakovich Trilogy (Piano Concerto #1); Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Brick); Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Caprice, Concerto Grosso, Criss-Cross, The Fifth Season, “Haffner” Symphony, Prism, and the pas de deux from Tuning Game; and Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Within the Golden Hour.
As a guest artist with English National Ballet, Luiz danced Swan Lake and Coppélia in 2015 and Nutcracker in December 2014. He performed with Lorena Feijoo at World Gala of Dance in the Dominican Republic and Gala Evening of Stars in Aspen, Colorado, in 2009; at the TITAS Command Performance of International Ballet in Dallas, Texas, and the XIII International Ballet Fest of Miami in 2008; and at the Razzle Dazzle Gala in Stamford, Connecticut, and the Gala of International Ballet Stars in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2007.
Luiz was nominated for the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Possokhov’s Classical Symphony during the 2010 Repertory Season.