Biography

Yann is a stage and costume designer he trained in Theatre Design at the renowned Motley Theatre Design in London, directed by Alison Chitty. His stage and costume design commissions cross a range of genres: theatre, musicals, opera, films and dance.

He was born in Manaus, Brazil and studied at The Artes Centre of Amazonas before studying classical dance in São Paulo. For over 15 years Yann worked as a professional dancer with Companies such as Ballet Stagium, CPBC director Vasco Wellemkap and Phoenix Dance Theatre.


He collaborates with leading directors and choreographers,his notable design commissions include The Little Match Girl, feature film Panic, the International Dance Festival Birmingham shows Utopia and Concert Danse,  The Confession, a short film nominated for an Academy Award and Rosie Kay Dance Company’s There is Hope. He has also collaborated on site specific events including art direction for Secret Cinema shows.

Yann's designs have been described as "magical", "excellent" and "innovative". 


Also working as a Movement Director, some of his choreographic work includes, The BFG at the Birmingham Rep theatre, I Was A Rat base on book of Philip Pullman with Uk tour and directed by Teresa Ludovico and 
You Do It All Again performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange

Yann has collaborated with choreographer Arthur Pita as tour director for God’s Garden, Revival choreographer for the musical Street Scene (directed by John Fulljames), at The Young Vic and assistant director for Utopia, International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010.

He has assisted the choreographer Lynne Page on the BBC’s Tv series So You Think You Can Dance. 

Yann has also developed and led education projects including creating design workshops for a National Theatre schools project for Macbeth and teaching the young cast of the musicals Billy Elliott and The Bodyguard.

Yann has supported the choreographic workshop research and development for various West End musicals including, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Choreographer Peter Darling).