David Pereira, Vigo/Spain.

David Pereira is a multidisciplinary performance artist whose work is a unique fusion of acrobatic dance theatre, physical, and visual art. Based in Madrid, Spain, Pereira has developed a practice built on a lifetime passion for the powerful and evocative nature of performance.

Pereira began practicing ballet at the age of 12. At 14 he expanded his abilities into acrobatic sports, where he won five Spanish championship titles. His dedication to the craft offered Pereira the opportunity of a lifetime when he was 18, as he found himself called to the stage performing for Cirque du Soleil. Following this opportunity, Pereira relocated to Germany to pursue his own creative projects. Here, he created his first solo act, “TWILIGHT”, acting for the esteemed Markus Pabst and Pierre Ceasar. This solo act took the variety houses by storm as well as receiving outstanding reviews internationally. By the age of 22, David had his own solo show with guests titled “DAVID PEREIRA'S TRIP”. The show ran for four consecutive years at Wintergarten Berlin’s Spotlights, becoming an institutional show within the city. The success of the show allowed it to be performed internationally, including a sold-out season run at the famous Spiegeltent in Melbourne, Australia as well as at Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary. The show was continuously met with critical acclaim such as, "To say that ‘The Trip’ is Wunderbar [wonderful] is an understatement.” During this time, Pereira also starred in and was a lyricist for the renowned musical “Der Helle Wahnsinn”. In 2014 Pereira was cast in both “Cats” and “Big Fish” musicals directed by the prestigious Andreas Gergen. In 2019 David played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with "LORCA: A THEATRE BENEATH THE SAND”, an examination of Federico García Lorca’s “The Public”, one of the most complex texts of the 20th century. Recently, Pereira performed, with great success, at London’s West End with a presentation of the Oliver Award-winning "La Clique”.

Pereira’s work has earned him international acclaim. His premiere solo act, “TWILIGHT”, went on to receive an invitation to the 33rd Cirque de Demain Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious circus festivals. He was awarded third place in the Got Talent France competition, second place at Got To Dance Germany, and was a participant at the European Dance Awards. Additionally, in 2014 Pereira was honored with an invitation to be a creative speaker for The International Peace Foundation in Thailand. Here, he both performed and shared his story of struggle and success with Bangkok’s NIST International School. Pereira’s work has received praise from renowned publications including Culture Fix, the Herald Sun, Broadway World, Arts Hub, and Aussie Theatre.

Pereira continues to disintegrate the boundaries of the performative arts. In the wake of the global pandemic, he pivoted his skills performing for the immersive virtual experience entitled “ESCHATON”, which gained recognition from the New York Times, and has begun developing multidisciplinary theatre pieces. He continues to prepare for shows across the continent of Europe, including his first solo theatre piece with director Indalecio Corugedo, with plans to perform for television, opera, cabaret, variety shows, and galas. Pereira’s unparalleled approach to performance continues to evolve in a manner that is as seamless as his own body’s movements, while never ceasing to provide awe-inspiring visceral experiences to his viewers.

"Unfathomable flexibility, strength and skill." - Broadway World

"David Pereira’s routines are stunning packing beautiful finesse and style into his movements." - Culture Fix

"It's a rare skill to be magnetic, mesmerising and a mirror-ball all in the space of 75 minutes." - Herald Sun

"Graceful, flexible, cheeky, and oozing sex appeal, each of his acts were absolute standouts." - Arts Hub

"Riveting and awe inspiring." - Aussie Theatre

TWILIGHT
“Twilight” is the contortionist dance act created by Pereira alongside Markus Pabst and Pierre Caesar in 2008 incorporating elements of acrobatics, hand-balancing, gymnastics, and dance in an otherworldly presentation of the human body. He glides from movement to movement with such precise effortlessness like an ethereal being not meant for our world; his angelic nature accentuated by the use of wings throughout his performance. He seemingly defies the constraints of physics as he interacts with a shopping trolley; leaping and bounding across its frame while by some mysterious force the trolley remains stationary. A viewer is overcome with emotion as they partake in a voyeuristic experience of this divine creature who has fallen to Earth.

TURN AROUND
The Hula Hoop Act depicts a comical exchange of two opposites elevated by the incredible acrobatic skills and physical dexterity with the hula hoop. Performed as a duo, the plot of the act revolves around the uncontrollable nature of a free-willed individual, Pereira, who toys with notions of feminine and masculine identity through the use of high-heels as he performs. Pereira pushes the limitations of his co-performer through taunting and flirting and even engaging with the audience directly. The performer is constantly exasperated by the tiresome nature of Pereira’s insolence. As the act continues Pereira finds his attitude being matched as his co-performer garners the strength to beat him at his own game. Pereira is forced to leave the stage, disheartened being met with the same frustrations he instilled in the performer from the start. The act provides an enjoyable and humorous experience that crosses the genres of clowning and cabaret where themes of sexuality, innocence, and self-discovery emerge.

ARIA SILK
Immense power and delicate beauty collide in Pereira’s Aerial Silk act; a fusion of acrobatics and contortion. His body seamlessly flowing like fabric matched with his stark movements and extensions of his body. His movements are complimented by his signature style, climbing the silks while dressed in denim. A visual juxtaposition as the rough denim crashes against the softness of the silk, the restrictive nature of the cloth accentuated by the effortless flow of the aerial ribbons. The performance is seductive evoking raw emotions intensified by its pairing with bold vocals or cinematic orchestra. The discipline and grace become both physically and emotionally demanding for both artist and viewer.

SHAVING ACT
In this high-class cabaret performance, the audience partakes in an intimate yet comedic look at Pereira as he acrobatically shaves his entire body. Such a routine task takes on a life of its own as Pereira slathers his entire nude body in foam before the audience, takes the razor to his skin in daring ways, and even approaches the audience for a helping hand. Despite the fact that the performance exudes sexuality, the audience cannot help but be overtaken by the charisma, the talent, and the humor inherent in the act. While the audience may initially feel a sense of shock as Pereira removes his towel, the sincerely charming vulnerability of the performance leaves all who witness the performance with a smile. He encapsulates how the human body cannot be reduced into a single descriptor but is a place of experimentation and endless possibilities.

David Pereira was born in Vigo, Spain with a beautiful vibrant energy.

From a young age, David faced beratement, insults, and violence aiming to diminish his dreams of becoming an artist and instill a sense of shame. Throughout his tumultuous childhood and mental struggles with anxiety, the only time he felt truly himself was in dance.

At 12, David convinced his parents to let him pursue dance classes where he discovered a love for ballet. He studied avidly, practiced vigorously, and expanded his skills. While his parents discouraged new classes, he found himself drawn to rhythmic and artistic gymnastics; pushing his own body’s limitations. He was recognized by the local acrobatic club and finally received his parents’ support to train in the realm of acrobatics, where he competed nationally 5 times. At 17, he began his artistic career and was cast for Got Talent Spain, where he reached the semifinal. In pursuit of the big top, David auditioned for Cirque du Soleil and was cast for the production in Lecce, Italy. He then returned to Vigo to continue developing his practice, and while he was unable to undertake an academic endeavor, he began working across Spain through his growing network.

He caught the attention of Markus Pabst. The two began a partnership that led to David’s relocation to Berlin. The two performed their new act, Twilight, which allowed David to test new themes and modes of performance as the creator of his own show. He incorporated props like the hula-hoop, high heels, denim wardrobe, and aerial silks while finding inspiration from Berlin’s cabaret and LGBTQIA culture. These experiences led to David Pereira’s Trip; exploring intersections of performance, visual arts, and fashion. David and Jack Woodhead became the iconic hosts of the show performing the act for four years internationally. David continued performing for popstars, starring in television commercials, performing in musicals, becoming a professional lyricist, and even being an honored speaker at the International Peace Foundation.

However, with the enormous amount of energy that David spent fighting to achieve his dreams and working tirelessly to meet the demands he felt his mental health decline. He abandoned his dreams and returned to Spain. Nevertheless, in less than a year he realized the stage was his home. When David was offered to perform at Italy’s Tu is Que Vales, he knew this was his opportunity. He then received offers from The Box Soho in London, began training as a text actor, starred in Lorca: A Theatre Beneath the Sand, and performed at London’s West End.

The challenges of 2020 did not demotivate David. He continued his clown training, performed virtually, modeled, contributed to a short film, and began rehearsing his latest solo theatre piece Lebenskunst. This time allowed David to explore new aspects of himself and he is eager to return to the stage in July with the continuation of his 2020 Wintergarten Berlin 2020er Revue Show.

David’s path as a performer reflects a turbulent journey of finding oneself. His years have proven that despite criticisms, disappointments, and self-doubt that he is at his happiest on the stage. Traveling the world, encountering unique individuals, and engaging new audiences has become his home, his family, and his love.