ABOUT

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Dancer, improviser, teacher and meditation practitioner from Barcelona. Trained in contemporary dance and specialized in improvisation with AECID Grant (Israel, 2008). Since then she is deeply committed in this discipline as the basis of her body and movement work. She continues expanding her studies with masters such as Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton, Julyen Hamilton, Mal Pelo, Steve Clorfeine, among others. She is influenced by Body Weather (Andrés Corchero and Frank van de Ven), Bio Voz (Víctor Turull) and the practice of meditation (Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism).

As a dancer she performs her own creations and collaborates with artists from different disciplines since 2005. She created the solos A Glops (2010), Fragments de cos (2012) and The Unfinished Solo (2016), and directed the duo Taking a walk (2014) with Guy Leon and 3 group pieces with Los3nombresdeungato (2012-14). She is interested in collaboration as a practice of working together, from which she created many platforms and projects. Currently she dances in Societat Alaka collective and directs CIM, Cicle Improvisació en Moviment.

She teaches nationally and internationally for about 10 years. Currently she teaches instant composition, body weather training, contemplative movement and Dharma/Shambhala Art. The essence of her teaching is creativity as an inherent capacity to all human beings, and believes that connecting to the wisdom of the body benefits society. Professor at the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Metropolitan Program of Education for Sustainable Development (AMB).


"Her need for movement lets her do away with pre-established forms, reject closed choreographies and explore improvisation from the innermost core of her senses, meditating." (Barbara Raubert, Time Out Barcelona)


CURRICULUM VITAE


EDUCATION:  

2010-now. Meditation Training in the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and student from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She is a Meditation Guide (2015) and Shambhala/Dharma Art Teacher (2018). Since 2010 she incorporates a contemplative approach into her practice of Dance Improvisation training with the artists from this lineage Steve Clorfeine (Barbara Dilley's material on Contemplative Dance Practice, 2010-2014) and Arawana Hayashi (Social Presencing Theatre Basics, 2014 Madrid).
2008-now. Complementary Training in Dance and Improvisation with Master such as: Joan Jonas (Barcelona), Ilanit Tadmor (Israel), Stephanie Maher & Kathleen Hermesdorf (Germany), Scott Smith (Germany), Mal Pelo Company (Celrà), Lisa Nelson & Steve Paxton (Celrà), Carme Torrent (Celrà), Julyen Hamilton (Berlin), Tal Avni (Israel). Intensive Trainings in techniques: Gaga with Batsheva Company/Ohad Naharin (Israel, 2011), Body Weather with Raravis Company/ Andrés Corchero & Rosa Muñoz (Barcelona, 2010-2012) and with Frank van de Ven (France, 2012), Bio Voice with Víctor Turull (2010-2011, Barcelona).
2008-2009. "Contemporary Arts Practice & Dissemination" Master (MACAPD) at L'animal a l'esquena, University of Girona (UdG) and UNESCO, Girona.  
2007-2008. "Improvisational Performance Art" Lab at Artness, Israel. With AECID Grant (Spanish Government).
2005-2007. Contemporary Dance at AREA, Barcelona.
2004-2005. Contemporary Dance at Institut del Teatre, Vic (IT).
2001-2004. Biology at University of Barcelona (UB).


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A DANCER: 

2012-now. As director:
- Taking a walk (2014) duo with the dancer Guy Leon  
- "Du bist dran" (2014) with Los 3 nombres de un gato Co.
- "Fuera de lugar" (2013) with Los 3 nombres de un gato Co.
- "Los 3..." (2012) with Los 3 nombres de un gato Co.
2010-now. Solos: 
- The Unfinished Solo (2016)
- Fragments de cos (2012)  
- A Glops (2010)
2008-now. As dancer for different choreographers: 
- Cuerpo Transitorio co. "Mujer Manus Factura" (2012).
- Raravis co. (Andrés Corchero & Rosa Muñoz) "Spring Landscape" (2011).
- Sabine Zahn & Jan Mech "PLAY>>3" (Fabrik Potsdam-Berlin, 2008).
2005-now. In collaboration:  
With the dancers (Sabine Zahn, Guy Leon, Ronnie Waldmann, Steve Clorfeine, Álvaro Prats), the musicians (Adriano Galante, Marcel·lí Bayer, Míriam Fèlix, Pablo Selnik, Nathalie Huber, Ariel Zutel, Roser Negro), the photographers (Ronen Hirsh, Andrés Sunyer, Oriol Segon, Sergi Periche, Judit Rodríguez), the writers (Santiago Mora Soteras, Laia Noguera i Clofent), and the video artist Ariadna Pujol. 
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A TEACHER:  

2016-now. Movement Group +55 (University of Barcelona).
2015. She collaborated with Comunicaos for the creative leadership workshop Movement and communication for innovation.
2014-now. Health in Movement (Metropolitan Program of Education for Sustainable Development, Environmental Department)
2010-now. She teaches for adults Improvisation/Instant Composition and Body Weather Training in important centers and festivals in Catalunya (AREA, TragantDansa, Barceloneta Civic Center, Escola Municipal de Dansa de Celrà, Territori en Dansa Festival, nunArt), nationally (Madrid, Cáceres) and internationally (Germany, Israel). Currently she also teaches Contemplative Movement and Shambhala/Dharma Art.
2005-2010. Creative movement to children from ages 3 to 6 (Ubae)


RESEARCH PROJECTS:  

- improLab (2011). A platform from which she articulates different projects and activities promoting the practice, research, creation and reflection of dance improvisation in Barcelona.
- Interdisciplinary research laboratories (2010). "2nd Fòrum de les experiències" (La Caldera, Barcelona), "La Paraula Aguda" (Cal Gras, Avinyó). 
- BodyWalks (2009). A research, creation and theoretic project around the body in the territory; within the context of the first year of the MA "Contemporary Arts Practice & Dissemination" that she studied in L'animal a l'esquena/University of Girona. Until 2012 she developed it together with the dancer Guy Leon, with which she realized artistic residencies, site-specific performances and walks in very different artistic contexts. 
- CUE Barcelona (2008-2010). An international artistic project that creates space for interdisciplinary improvisation. During these years with this project she kept exploring the art of improvisation along with various interdisciplinary artists in different city spaces, as well as making several interventions in public spaces: urban and rural.

CULTURAL MANAGEMENT: 

- CIM, Improvisation in Movement Cycle (2014-2016). In collaboration with Civic Center Barceloneta and the coproduction of Antic Teatre and La Caldera.
- AREA, Espai de Dansa i Creació (2011-2012). Office work at a Dance School, receiving public subsidies.
- DiàlACTS Festival (2010). In collaboration with Can Felipa Theater and La Caldera.