Ricardo Campos Freire is a Dancer and Choreographer born in Lisbon, Portugal, and educated at Superior Dance School in Lisbon and Stockholm University of the Arts.

Started as a dancer with the Portuguese Company of Contemporary Dance went on to perform with the Croatian National Theatre, Bitef Dance Company, Ballet Hagen, and Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. Worked with choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, Patrick Delcroix, André Mesquita, James Sutherland, Cayetano Soto, Vasco Wellenkamp, Marco Goecke, Rui Lopes Graça, Maša Kolar, Francesco Nappa, and Ricardo Fernando.

In 2015, Ricardo won the Smiljana Mandukic Award for the best dancer of the year in Belgrade, Serbia.

He's developing his choreographic works since 2011, starting with the duet Mundo meu for the Portuguese Company of Contemporary Dance and choreographing Fallback and In Two for DLWorks in Lisbon.

Winner of the Audience Award at the 18th Festival of Choreographic Miniatures in Belgrade with the solo U meni, being present the following year as a special guest with his pieces In
and Inverted Image.

Inserted in the project Tanzlabor, created Apart and Unstable ground for Ballet Hagen. Apart was chosen to be presented at the 31st international competition for choreographers in Hannover.

In 2017 created Clash and Outsider for the Korea Youth Ballet Stars in Seoul, and under de project Choreo Lab, Impressions of Myself for the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka. In the same year was invited to create the duet Unavoidable for the festival KOTID in Frankfurt.

More recently choreographed For those who can hear me for Dance Arts Faculty in Rome, Us for Yen Han Ballet Productions in Zürich, Num Instante for Companhia Nós da Dança in Póvoa do Varzim, and Public Domain for Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo. 

Guest artist with Tanzkompanie bo komplex, Yen Han Ballet Productions, Julia Maria Koch, DAF (Dance Arts Faculty), Companhia Nós da Dança, Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo, Tanzgebiet, Choreoloop, WestDeutsches Tanztheater, animi motus, and Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. Ricardo has been developing his work in South Korea, Italy, Croatia, Switzerland, Serbia, Egypt, Malta, USA, Germany, Bósnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Vietnam, and Sweden. 

Dance Education

  • 2008 Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2005 - 2008 Superior Dance School - Graduate Degree in Dance, Lisbon, Portugal 

Work Experience

  • 2019 - Freelance Dancer and Choreographer

  • 2018 - 2019 Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany | Director . James Sutherland

  • 2017 - 2018 Croatian National Theatre, Rijeka, Croatia | Director . Maša Kolar

  • 2015 - 2017 Ballet Hagen, Hagen, Germany | Director . Ricardo Fernando

  • 2013 - 2014 Bitef Dance Company, Belgrade, Serbia | Director . Jelena Kajgo

  • 2013 Croatian National Theatre, Rijeka, Croatia | Director . Ronald Savković

  • 2008 - 2012 Portuguese Company of Contemporary Dance, Lisbon, Portugal | Director . Vasco Wellemkamp and Liliana Mendonça

Projects and Collaborations

  • 2024 Guest dancer in Alice wundert sich nicht mehr with Tanzgebiet. Essen, Germany
  • 2024 Created the piece Tempo sem Tempo for Companhia Poveira Nós da Dança. Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal
  • 2024 "Zwischen: Zeit" Tanzprojekt. Freren, Germany
  • 2024 Flowing Identity workshop at Theater Münster. Münster, Germany
  • 2024 Organizer Winter Dance Intensive. Seoul, South Korea
  • 2024 Flowing Identity workshop at Ewha Womans University. Seoul, South Korea
  • 2024 Flowing Identity workshop at Ballet X Schwerin. Schwerin, Germany
  • 2023 Flowing Identity workshop Ricardo Campos Freire X CPBC. Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2023 Flowing Identity workshop at Theater Lüneburg. Lüneburg, Germany
  • 2023 Baghdad International Theater Festival with Tanzgebiet. Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2023 Flowing Identity workshop at 5678 Dance Intensive vol.2. Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2023 Partnering Workshop and residency project "Tanz im with Dazwischen" with Melánie Lopéz Lopéz. Lingen, Germany
  • 2023 Created the piece Eco Sem Voz for Companhia Poveira Nós da Dança. Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal
  • 2023 Flowing Identity workshop at Staatstheater. Augsburg, Germany
  • 2023 Flowing Identity workshop at RüTanz. Essen, Germany
  • 2023 Flowing Identity workshop at Tanzfaktur. Köln, Germany
  • 2023 Flowing Identity workshop at Artist Hub Dance Competition. Strumica, North Macedonia
  • 2023 Created the piece Num Instante for Companhia Poveira Nós da Dança. Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal
  • 2023 Flowing Identity workshop at Moveo Dance Company. Gzira, Malta
  • 2023 Something in Between at the 4. Internationale Tanzgala at Theater Lüneburg. Lüneburg, Germany
  • 2023 Created the piece Public Domain for Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo. Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2023 Guest dancer in Kontra Punkt by Jelena Ivanovic with Tanzgebiet. Essen, Germany
  • 2022/23 Created Embrace, Inner Voice, and The One Left Behind for Korea Youth Ballet Stars. Seoul, South Korea
  • 2022 Flowing Identity workshop at Proud Yejong Ballet. Seoul, South Korea
  • 2022 Flowing Identity workshop at Theater Lüneburg. Lüneburg, Germany
  • 2022 Flowing Identity workshop for Profitraining Köln at Tanzfaktur. Köln, Germany
  • 2022 Something in between presented at Stroetmanns Fabrik. Emsdetten, Germany

  • 2022 Something in between (work in progress with Melanie Lopez Lopez) presented at ESSENZIALE 2022. Essen, Germany

  • 2022 Premiere of the solo And if it's over? at Schaukasten Tanz. Münster, Germany

  • 2022 Flowing Identity workshops at TanzXchange. Münster, Germany
  • 2022 DIS-TANZ-SOLO - Decoding the path. Essen, Germany

  • 2022 Created the piece A procura do instante for Companhia Poveira Nós da Dança. Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal
  • 2022 Guest dancer in "Nimm Platz!" by Diana Wöhrl with Choreoloop. Augsburg, Germany
  • 2022 Guest dancer in n-e-t-w-o-r-k-i-n-g by Elisabeth Kindler-Abali with animi motus e. V. at CounterPulse. San Francisco, USA
  • 2022 Created the piece For those who can hear me for DAF (Dance Arts Faculty). Rome, Italy
  • 2021 Guest dancer in Deals with God by Julia Maria Koch at the 28th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. Berlin / Cairo, Germany / Egypt
  • 2021 Choreographer & Producer of the project Indirect Bond with Melanie Lopez Lopez, Davide Degano, Tiana Lara Hogan, and Péter Daniel Matkaicsek. Sponsored by Stipendienprogramm 2021 des Ministeriums für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.
  • 2021 Flowing Identity Workshop at TanzXchange. Münster, Germany
  • 2021 Created the piece Us for Yen Han Ballet Productions. Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2021 Guest dancer in 77Beethoven by Bärbel Stenzenberger and Olaf Reinecke, with Tanzkompanie bo komplex. Bonn, Germany
  • 2021 Solo dancer in Pierrot Lunaire by Jozsef Hajzer at KunstFestPASSAGEN. Menden, Germany
  • 2021 Guest dancer in the Third Choice by Sagí Gross, with WestDeutsches Tanztheater. Hagen, Germany
  • 2021 Guest performer in a Film Project by Davide Degano. Udine, Italy
  • 2021 Guest dancer in Sentilo by Diana Wöhrl with Choreoloop. Augsburg, Germany
  • 2021 Guest dancer in Tartini's Sonatas by Yen Han with Yen Han Ballet Productions. Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2021 Created the piece La bellezza del Niente for DAF (Dance Arts Faculty). Rome, Italy
  • 2021 Film Project by Sagí Gross with WestDeutsches Tanztheater. Hagen, Germany
  • 2021 Residency project with Choreoloop. Regen, Germany

  • 2020 Guest dancer in moneypulation by Elisabeth Kindler-Abali with the company animi motus e. V.. Berlin, Germany

  • 2020 Guest dancer in The Solitude of Memory by Sagí Gross with WestDeutsches Tanztheater. Hagen, Germany

  • 2019 Guest dancer in Sacre by James Sutherland with Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • 2019 Guest Dancer in Multidimensional by Huy Tien Tran at Hanoi Dance Fest. Hanoi, Vietnam 

  • 2019 Benefiz-Ballet-Gala Theater Lüneburg with Unavoidable. Lüneburg, Germany

  • 2015 Danced the duet Trijada by Maša Kolar. Zagreb, Croatia

  • 2015 Guest dancer in Prokleta Avlija by Dana Ruttenberg with the Serbian National Theatre. Belgrade, Serbia

  • 2013 Ballet master responsible for re-staging Patrick's Delcroix État d'âme for Croatian National Theatre. Rijeka, Croatia 

  • 2012 Danced the duet Entre Nós, choreographer Benvindo Fonseca. Lisbon, Portugal