MBE, Director, International Arts & Cultural Projects.
A key figure in the international arts world, with a specialization in dance, Assis Carreiro is a senior cultural leader working for over three decades in senior roles with organisations around the globe.
Assis’ current projects include work for Canada House in London; the National Arts Centre and Canada Council as well as acting as Artistic Advisor to DanceEast’s Rural Retreats 2020. Assis represents international choreographers and designers and provides mentoring and strategic consultancy to a range of arts and cultural organisations. She is a Trustee of Rambert School of Dance and Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh. Recently, she has worked as Cultural Strategist at the High Commission of Canada in and served as Director of Culture for the Quebec Delegation, both in London. Pas appointments include Artistic Director of Royal Ballet Flanders, Artistic Director and Executive Director of DanceEast in the UK, Dance Programmer at DasTAT for William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt, Artistic Director of Birmingham’s DanceXchange and Director of Publications, Education and Outreach for The National Ballet of Canada. At DanceEast, from 2000 – 2012, she led the organisation through a period of reorganisation and expansion, initiated and produced the respected Rural Retreats, a series of international think tanks supporting dance leadership for existing and future artistic directors. As a programmer, she produced a dance series at the Jerwood DanceHouse and conceived Snape Dances at Snape Maltings, bringing international companies that include Danza Contemporanea of Cuba, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Royal Ballet, Goteborg Ballet and Rambert. Her legacy there is leading the capital appeal for the £9 million Jerwood DanceHouse, the cultural cornerstone of the largest urban regeneration project in the East of England on the Ipswich waterfront. Assis was born in the Azores and raised in Canada. In 2014 Assis was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her services to dance.