Born in Maputo, Mozambique, Panaibra Gabriel Canda studied theatre, dance and music in Mozambique and Portugal. Since 1993 he has been developing his own artistic projects. His work has been presented all around the world and has won major prizes. In 1998 he founded CulturArte – Cultura e Arte em Movimento, perhaps the first and only production space for contemporary dance in Mozambique. Panaibra´s dedication as artistic director and choregraopher lies in supporting and developing the local and regional dance scene, including original creations, performances and training programmes. He also develops collaborations with artists in southern Africa and Europe as well as collaborating with artists from other disciplines.
Panaibra has been working for 25 years as a dancer and choreographer in Maputo and around the world. He was distinguished by the prestigious German magazine TANZ, together with 30 other international artists, as a “New Promise for the Future of Dance”.