Volmir Cordeiro (born 1987) holds a doctorate in dance from Paris 8 University. He initially studied
theatre before working with Brazilian choreographers Alejandro Ahmed, Cristina Moura and Lia
Rodrigues. In 2011, he joined the “Essais” programme at the National Centre for Contemporary
Dance (CDNC) in Angers, under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh, where he obtained a masters in
performance and choreography.In Europe he has performed in productions by Xavier Le Roy, Laurent Pichaud & Rémy Héritier,Emmanuelle Huynh, Jocelyn Cottencin, Vera Mantero, Zeena Parkings & Nadia Lauro and Latifa Laâbissi.
As a choreographer, his first cycle was composed of three solo works: Sky (2012, created at
the Angers CDNC), Inês (2014, created at the Actoral Festival in Marseilles) and Street (2015, created
at the Louvre museum in collaboration with the Paris International Contemporary Art Fair – FAIC). In
February of 2017, he choreographed a piece for four dancers: “The eye, the mouth and the rest”, in
Brest, Brittany. At that time, he also created a video installation of the same title on the poetics of
the face in the history of dance for the Passerelle contemporary art centre, as part of the 40 th
anniversary celebrations for the Centre Pompidou. In 2019, Volmir Cordeiro created Sidewalk, a work
for six dancers, presented at the Actoral Festival in Marseilles and the Paris Autumn Festival.
He teaches regularly in choreography programmes, such as the Exerce Master (ICI-CCN Montpellier,
France) and the Drama Master (Kask Conservatorium, Gand, Belgium), P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), the
Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) and also during the Camping Festival at the Pantin National dance centre.
He is the author of “Ex-Corpo”, a book on marginality in contemporary dance and the notion of the
artist-researcher, a continuation of his doctoral research at Paris 8 University, which he completed in
November of 2018.
In 2021, Volmir will revisit the Ballets Suédois, a dadaist dance troupe based at the Théâtre de
Champs-Elysées from 1920-25, with his new performance Erosion, created for the Nancy Ballet de
Lorraine national choreography centre. His next solo work Metropolis will be created in November
2021 as part of the Paris Autumn Festival.
Volmir Cordeiro is an associated artist at the Cergy-Pontoise national theatre, Points Communs, and
at the Briqueterie, Val-de-Marne’s national dance and choreography centre in Vitry. His company
Donna Volcan takes the notion of the volcano, which combines earth, air, fire and vital force, as the
basis for creation. It is supported by the Regional directorate for cultural affairs (structuring
In 2021, Cordeiro won the SACD Society of Author’s prize for young choreographers.
Charleroi Danse, 2021
Ma Culture, Wilson Le Personic, 2020
Journal La Terrasse, Delphine Baffour, 2021
Dialogues, actions et réfléxions...
RFI Convida, 2019
Volmir Cordeiro leva aos palcos...
JETFM 91.12, Pascaline Vallée, 2019
À l'oeuvre, rencontre avec
Cité des Arts, 2018
La littérature m'amène à danser
Paris VIII, 2018
Sensible à l'invisible
Sesc Santa Catarina, 2018
Bate papo: Volmir Cordeiro e Washington Timbó
Arqueologías del Futuro, 2017
Volmir Cordeiro y Marcela Santander Corvalán
Ma Culture, François Maurisse et Wilson Le Personic, 2017
S'offrir à la société...
Radio Grenouille, Emmanuel Moreira, 2016
Mon corps est mon decor