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 the CIM Festival.

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 has been trained as a Meditation Guide (2015) and Shambhala Art Teacher (2018). Since 2010 she incorporates a contemplative approach into her practice of dance improvisation, and influenced by the work of senior teachers of this lineage such as Steve Clorfeine (Barbara Dilley's material on Contemplative Dance Practice) and Arawana Hayashi (Social Presencing Theatre) she developes her offering of Contemplative Movement.
2008-now. Complementary Training in Dance and Improvisation with Masters such as: Lisa Nelson & Steve Paxton, Scott Smith, Mal Pelo Company, Julyen Hamilton, Carme Torrent, Stephanie Maher & Kathleen Hermesdorf, Tal Avni, Ilanit Tadmor, Joan Jonas.
Intensive Training in techniques: Gaga with Batsheva Company (Ohad Naharin / Israel), Body Weather with Raravis Company (Andrés Corchero & Rosa Muñoz) and Frank van de Ven, and Bio Voice with Víctor Turull.
2008-2009. "Contemporary Arts Practice & Dissemination" Master (MACAPD) at L'animal a l'esquena, University of Girona (UdG) and UNESCO.  
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:  
- Societat Alaka Collective (with the dancers Maria Mora, Majo Villafaina and Melissa Scioscia).
- 43:43 Collective (with the musicians Adriano Galante and Marcel·lí Bayer).
- With artists from different disciplines: the dancers (Guy Leon, Sabine Zahn, Ronnie Waldmann, Steve Clorfeine, Álvaro Prats, Marta Hervas, Linn Johanson), the musicians (Nathalie Huber, Míriam Fèlix, Pablo Selnik, Ariel Zutel, Roser Negro), the photographers (Ronen Hirsh, Andrés Sunyer, Oriol Segon, Sergi Periche, Judit Rodríguez), the poets (Santiago Mora Soteras, Laia Noguera i Clofent), and the video artist Ariadna Pujol. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A TEACHER:  

2018-now. She starts teaching Shambhala Art, a training that integrates meditation and the creative process as a way to expierence "art in everyday life".
2016-now. Movement Group +55 (University of Barcelona). She starts teaching Contemplative Movement, a contemplative approach to Dance Improvisation practice integrating meditation.
2014-2016. Health in Movement (Metropolitan Program of Education for Sustainable Development, Environmental Department)
2010-now. She teaches for adults Dance Improvisation/Instant Composition and Body Weather Training in important centers and festivals in Catalunya (AREA, TragantDansa, Barceloneta Civic Center, Marabal, Escola Municipal de Dansa de Celrà, Territori en Dansa Festival, nunArt, La Tregua), nationally (Madrid, Cáceres, Huesca) and internationally (Germany, Israel).
2005-2010. Creative movement to children from ages 3 to 6 (Ubae)

RESEARCH PROJECTS:  

2011-now. improLab: A platform from which she articulates different projects and activities promoting the practice, research, creation and reflection of dance improvisation in Barcelona.
2010. Interdisciplinary research laboratories as a guest artist: "2nd Fòrum de les experiències" (La Caldera, Barcelona), "La Paraula Aguda" (Cal Gras, Avinyó). 
2009-2012. BodyWalks: 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. 
2008-2010. CUE Barcelona: 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: 

2014-now. CIM, Improvisation in Movement Festival: Director of the Festival, in collaboration with Civic Center Barceloneta, Antic Teatre and La Caldera.
2011-2012. AREA, Espai de Dansa i Creació: Office work at a Dance School, receiving public subsidies.
2010. DiàlACTS Festival: Co-director of the Festival, in collaboration with Teatre Can Felipa and La Caldera.