Sarah Trist Dance Management Agency is pleased to announce Arts Council funding has been awarded to A Darker Shade of Fado, Nuno Silva’s steamy and unpretentious evocation of Lisbon old quarter in which Portuguese fado song collides with sensual contemporary dance.  The funding enables us to extend the tour to spring 2014, so if this opens up possibilities for you, please let me know.  You can download the promoters pack Promoters pack for Darker Shade of Fado.

A trained dancer, singer and actor, Nuno is a performer of many talents, recognised in the National Dance Awards 2010 with a nomination for Best Male Performer for his role in Arthur Pita’s God’s Garden.  Though extremely well known for his performances in British contemporary dance (choreographers Henri Oguike, Luca Silvestrini, William Tuckett and Javier de Frutos have also worked with him),  his singing credits are serious enough also: Mahogany Opera, Brighton Early Music Festival, Sadlers Wells/Clod Ensemble and the West End production of Cabaret where he understudied EmCee.  This summer he begins work on Tori Amos’ musical The Light Princess for the National Theatre.

These varied talents provide the basis for A Darker Shade of Fado, in which Silva sings and dances alongside a team of dancers and musicians under the direction of choreographer Marc Brew and musician Vincenzo Lamagna.  Designed to be presented in either cabaret style or traditional theatre setting, Fado also has the flexibility to be performed in short chunks as part of mixed bill or as a full length evening of music and dance all of its own.