Alex Magno (choreographer)
Alexandre (Alex-Andre) Magno is a Brazilian born, Emmy Nominated choreographer and director. Magno has a wide vocabulary of dance styles, which includes Hip-hop, Jazz, Ballet, Samba, Flamenco, Tango, Salsa, and Martial Arts. Some of his credits include: Madonna, Yanni, Britney Spears, The infamous Lido La Tourné, Ballet Hispanico, The Ringling Brothers Circus, and the Academy Awards all the while continuing work with his own highly acclaimed dance company, “Personna Dance Theatre".
In 1993 Magno was hand picked by Madonna to be the choreographer of her world tour and HBO special The Girlie Show. Magno’s work on The Girlie Show has been called "provocative, sensual, outstanding, and genius" (Daily Variety, November. 22, 1993). "Intricate dancing and expressions expertly choreographed by Alex Magno" - "Daily Variety, November. 22, 1993"
In 2001, Madonna worked with Magno again on her Drowned World Tour, this time with even greater demands: Tango, Salsa, Flamenco, Karate, Kung Fu, Samurai sword work, a Contortionist, and a traditional Javanese dancer. Magno received an Emmy and American Choreography Award Nomination. Immediately following Madonna’s tour, Magno began working for the male pop group Plus One on their 2002 Obvious tour.
In 2002, Magno took some time off once again to expand his skills, graduating from the New York Film Academy.
In 2004, Magno was commissioned by the European company ODE, to create the centerpiece of their 10th anniversary show, to be titled Illusionatics. Earlier in the same year, Mr. Magno was featured in a New York Times article about choreographers, and was dubbed the one to watch.
In December 2005, Magno worked with Flamenco Guitarist Ron Benise, choreographing and staging Nights Of Fire a PBS special which incorporated flamenco, afro-Cuban salsa, and samba. Immediately following the hit success of the PBS Special, Magno went on to work on Benise’s 2006 National Tour; re-mounting, choreographing in addition to sharing the stage with Benise as one of the lead performers.
Magno appeared in, directed and choreographed The Eternal a short film written by Zalman King, for BRAVO T.V. that aired as part of Bravo’s Forty Duce series. He also choreographed for the show So You Think You Can Dance, on Fox, as one of the shows first guest choreographers.
Magno choreographed the video Sway for the Pussycat Dolls, which is from the soundtrack to Shall We Dance.
In the beginning of 2006, Magno completed his work on Orfeu In The Carnival of Souls a full-length original ballet commissioned by New York's Ballet Hispanico. In addition to conceive and choreograph the Ballet, Mr. Magno directed, produced the entire Sound Track and also co-wrote, most of the original music made for the Ballet. Orfeu In The Carnival Of Souls received a favorable review from (The Villager - Sara G. Levin):
The premier of Alexandre Magno’s Orfeu in the Carnaval of Souls, a Brazilianized version of Orpheus’s descent into the underworld by Ballet Hispanico, was splendidly seductive. In one duet the lovers are so entangled in swings and splits, they look like they could get lost weaving through each other…The music, a wonderful collection of samba, waltz, and Spanish guitar, changes to match the creepy mood, setting an uneasy tone to contrast the willowy love scenes. …Above all, Orfeu’s Broadway-style performance adds pizzazz to this classic story and delivers compelling, convincing characters.
Magno is also a music producer, having created original work for his ballets Rendezvous Liaison, Dejame Sonar and Orfeu In The Carnaval Of Souls.
Magno collaborated with "Yanni" as "Artistic Director and Choreographer for Televisa and for Yanni's 2008 PBS TV Special "Yanni Voices" which featured four new artists: Natahan Pacheco, Chloe, Ender Thomas and Leslie Mills, as well as a world class orchestra and 4 Latin Artists: José José, Lucero, Christian Castro and Olga Tañon. This special was nominated for a Luna award in Mexico.
Magno produced, staged and choreographed "Benise Th Spanish Guitar", he then went on to direct and choreograph the "Benise" 40 city US Tour, ending the tour at the "Chicago Theatre"
Magno is also under pre-production for Winds of Passion a series of three short films, linked into one dramatic and stylized dance feature film. In addition to directing and choreographing all of the films, Magno is also the co-writer.
Magno created for ODE (a Norwegian Dance Co.) La Rueda a Latin/Cuban ballet, inspired on a collection of established and new Latin Artists; using popular and classic Latin songs such as Celia Cruz’s life anthem La Vida Es Un Carnaval.
In 1989, Magno formed his own dance company, Personna Dance Theater. Magno successfully produced a five show series With Passion, which won him the acclaim and respect of the entertainment community. Then in 1998, Magno and his company were invited to be the featured company for Joinville, the largest dance festival in South America. At this festival, in front of an international crowd of over 8,000 fans, Magno received a special homage award for artistic excellence in the realm of choreography.
In 1996, Magno took on one of the most serious jobs of his career. He was hired to choreograph, write, and compose Hiroshima Requiem, a dance concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
Then, after a two year break from the stage, in which Magno was improving his skills as a composer, writer, and editor, he returned. The world famous Parisian Lido Show called upon Magno’s to direct, choreograph, and compose Rendezvous Liaison, an original ballet for their upcoming world tour.
Most recently, Magno has completed work for the Ballet Hispanico in NYC. He created an original ballet based on the popular Hispanic music of the 40’s and 50’s.Magno has received rave reviews for his work Dejame Sonar.
In 2003, Magno was commissioned by several dance companies, both domestic and international, to create original works for their company. Highlights include: Odyssey dance company, for which Magno created a piece based on the mythic story of Euridice; An original ballet based on Shakespeare’s Othello for Origins Company that was a unique fusion of Latin ballroom, Jazz, and Hip-hop; and lastly, Mr. Magno created a compelling piece for the European company ODE, that was acclaimed by public and critics alike.
Feature Films and Television
- 62nd Academy Awards, which he co-choreographed with Paula Abdul
- In Living Color, in which he also directed the dance segment
- Lord of Illusion a Clive Barker film
- Somebody to Love, starring Rosie Perez
- Liquid Dreams, which won critical acclaim for choreography at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival
- Brasil 500 Anos, a star-studded spectacular celebrating Brazil’s 500th birthday
- The Golden Eagle Awards for Nosostro TV
- Just a Dream, a video for MCA recording artist Donna Delory
Additional Stage Credits
- Franz F. Master of Illusion
- Hair 20th anniversary
- Jfoxx and Jmen
- Love vs, Hate; A Romeo and Juliet Story