João Vladimiro holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Porto’s Faculty of Fine Arts.
From 1999 to 2012 he helps to build the visual theater company Circolando as a creator/performer/video artist. The performances were presented all over the world, from Rio de Janeiro to Seul, from Manchester to Torino, receiving all kinds of awards.
In 2006 he took the documentary filmmaking course held by the Ateliers Varan at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in wich he directed Rooted Foot, later awarded the Best Portuguese Short Film Director at IndieLisboa.
In 2007 he directed the documentary Garden, which premiered at Doclisboa in 2008 and was shown at international film festivals, like Fid Marseille and Mar de Plata among others.
In 2013 he finished his second feature film, Lacrau, which premiered at the 10th Indie Lisboa and won him the Best Portuguese Feature Film Award and the Tree of Life Award. The film was screened at numerous renowned festivals, like Fid Marseille, Rio de Janeiro, Vienalle, Sevilla, among others. The film had comercial exhibitions in Portugal, France and in Switzerland.
He continued to work as a performer with choreographers such as Madalena Victorino, Joana Providência and Karine Ponties (Belgium) and as an art assistant for creators in theater and dance like Ainhoa Vidal and Constanza Givone.
In 2014, at request of the coreographer Madalena Victorino, he directed a docume tary about the creation of her dance performance The Wool and the Snow, which premiered at Doclisboa that same year.