Leipziger Ballett

Less is more

The dancer Marcos Vinicius Da Silva talks about Mario Schröder.

von Nele Winter Friday 19.02.2021
Mario Schröder and Marcos Vinicius Da Silva at a rehearsal for »Märchen, Märchen« © Ida Zenna

The Brazilian dancer Marcos Vinicius Da Silva moved to Leipzig in 2016 to dance at the Leipziger Ballett. In this part of our series #marioschroeder10 he talks about his experience of working with the Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer Mario Schröder whose 10-year anniversary at the Leipziger Ballett we are celebrating this season.

»Before I came to Leipzig, I knew Mario's piece ›Chaplin‹ and I knew that he had worked with Uwe Scholz. That made me think, that this company would be a good fit for me. Mario has something very special about him. When he's working with you, he doesn't seem like a director, but more like a friend. The vibe that we share with him is never heavy. It's always fun and we laugh a lot. I think he picks his dancers, because he wants to share something with them and not only because they are good dancers. This is what makes working with him really cool. Even when he's going a little crazy while preparing for a premiere, it is still very funny working with him.«

Mario Schröder with Lou Thabart, Laura Costa Chaud and Marcos Vinicius Da Silva at a rehearsal for »Le Sacre du Printemps« © Ida Zenna
Mario Schröder with Lou Thabart, Laura Costa Chaud and Marcos Vinicius Da Silva at a rehearsal for »Le Sacre du Printemps« © Ida Zenna

»When Mario created ›Swan Lake‹ and I was Rothbart, there were a lot of special moments, because this character is a very bad guy and for some reason Mario chose me to do it (laughs). He helped me getting into character by saying that I had to tell a story to the audience. I also loved his ›Lamento‹. I enjoyed dancing the pas de deux with Anna Jo and loved the music and the message behind it. ›Solitude‹ was also very special. The pas de deux I danced with David Iglesias Gonzalez was very challenging, especially in terms of stamina and technique. When I did ›Carmina Burana‹ I was really amazed by Mario's work. For me and for most people I guess, it is one if the most beautiful pieces that Mario created.«

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Marcos Vinicius Da Silva with Urania Lobo Garcia in »Swan Lake« © Ida Zenna
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Marcos Vinicius Da Silva in »Lamento« © Ida Zenna
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Marcos Vinicius Da Silva with Mario Schröder at a rehearsal for »Solitude« © Ida Zenna
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Marcos Vinicius Da Silva in »Lamento« © Ida Zenna
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Marcos Vinicius Da Silva in »Solitude« © Ida Zenna
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Marcos Vinicius Da Silva and Mario Schröder at a rehearsal for »Märchen, Märchen« © Ida Zenna

»I am the type of dancer who always puts all of his emotions and strength together and sometimes that might come out as too much. Mario opened my eyes by teaching me that sometimes less is more. He is a very talented choreographer, especially when comes to the visual realization of his ideas in an abstract form. In the end it’s beautiful to see how all those things come together with us dancers and his artistry. His choreographies always leave you with a question to think about.«