António Casalinho

First Soloist

António Casalinho was born in Leiria, Portugal, where he completed his ballet studies from the age of 8 at the Annarella Sanchez International Conservatory of Ballet and Dance, which follows the Cuban methodology of training. He won prizes in every international competition he entered. In 2021 the Prix de Lausanne double win of First Prize and Contemporary Prize; in 2019 the Grand Prix at the Beijing International Ballet Competition; in 2018 the Special Distinction Award in the Junior Category, the Emil Dimitrov Prize for Young Talent, Promising Young Dancer and the Bounty Award for the youngest round 3 competitor; at YAGP he took the Grand Prix Award in the Junior and Senior category in 2016 and 2018. António Casalinho has been engaged as soloist at the Bayerisches Staatsballett starting with the 2021/22 season. With January 1st, 2023 Laurent Hilaire promoted him to First Soloist.

(Information as of 2023)

Debuts with the Bayerisches Staatsballett
Pas de six in Giselle (P. Wright)
Solo in the Pas de six in Giselle (P. Wright)
Benno in Swan Lake (R. Barra)
Dancer in Passages: Pictures at an Exhibition (A. Ratmansky)
Dancer in Passages: Sweet Bones' Melody (M. Goecke)
Franz in Coppélia (R. Petit)
Philostrate/Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Priest in The Blizzard (A. Kaydanovskiy)
Autumn Solo in Cinderella (C. Wheeldon)
Benjamin in Cinderella (C. Wheeldon)
Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Dancer in Tchaikovsky Overtures (A. Ratmansky)
Dancer in A Jour: Tag Zwei (Ö. Ayik)
Italian Dance in Swan Lake (R. Barra)
Pas de Trois in Jewels: Emeralds (G. Balanchine)
Dancer in Jewels: Rubies (G. Balanchine)
Dancer in Jewels: Diamonds (G. Balanchine)
Dancer in Schmetterling: Silent Screen (Sol León und Paul Lightfoot)
Dancer in Schmetterling (S. León and P. Lightfoot)
Golden Idol in La Bayadère (P. Bart, M. Petipa)
Drum Solo in La Bayadère (P. Bart, M. Petipa)
Dancer inThe Habit (F. Diaz)
Dancer in Aunis (J. Garnier)
Magician / The Mad Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (C. Wheeldon)
Lenski, Onegins Friend in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Jack in Alice adventures in Wonderland (C. Wheeldon)
Dancer in Duato/Skeels/Eyal: White Darkness (N. Duato)