The Spark

By In Ballet, Dance 26 min

' artistic sensibility and distinctive choreographic voice have earned him international praise from critics and audiences alike, and he has worked extensively with leading ballet companies and choreographers across the globe. He has been a collaborator of (former Pennsylvania Ballet) since 2019 when he made his debut with the company's production of Connection. Connection was revived by the company this past October as part of Philadelphia Ballet's triple-bill The Spark, and was also presented by the company that month at New Work City Center's Fall for Dance. His second and most recent work with Philadelphia Ballet, Encounters, was part of the company's 2021 Digital Spring Season and was hailed as “exquisite” and a “must-see” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Juliano, also known as on Instagram, has 291,000 followers who eagerly watch his every move as he creates works for ballet and dance companies around the globe.

I look forward to exploring the layers of creativity with Philadelphia Ballet. A place where I feel home, a place that embraced me since the beginning of my journey. I feel extremely honored and excited to bring the audiences on a yearly magical journey, filled with joy and endless possibilities of bodies in conversation.

Juliano Nunes

Juliano Nunes was trained at the Brazilian Dance Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro, furthering his studies at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. He spent his dancing career with Royal Ballet of Flanders, Leipzig Opera Ballet, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart , working with such choreographers as , , , , , , Yuri Grigorovich, , among others.

Juliano is now a full-time freelance choreographer, receiving critical acclaim for his work. He has created pieces for in London, Nederlands Dans Theatre 2, Acosta Danza, Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, Ballet Zürich Opera House, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Staatstheater Hannover, Origen Festival Cultural, and Teatro San Carlo. Juliano has also choreographed for the 2020 Netflix series, “Tiny Pretty Things”.

Founded in 1963 by Barbara Weisberger, a protégé of , Philadelphia Ballet is one of the nation's premier ballet companies and a true cultural treasure of Philadelphia. Furthering a nearly sixty-year artistic lineage in Philadelphia, Artistic Director Angel Corella leads an ensemble of 45 dancers from around the world and an ever-evolving repertoire of classic and contemporary works. Executive Director Shelly Power spearheads development and strategic plans to strengthen and expand the company's presence and impact locally, nationally, and internationally. Recognized as one of the top ten ballet companies in the United States, Philadelphia Ballet's 30-member Board of Trustees is led by local business leader and philanthropist David F. Hoffman. In addition to its performances on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, Philadelphia Ballet serves more than 17,000 individuals across the region every year with hands-on arts education and engagement activities brought to children and adults alike regardless of ability or socioeconomic background. The School of Philadelphia Ballet offers the highest caliber dance education of any program in the Greater Philadelphia area.