About Helena





"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." 




Dancer improviser, meditation practitioner and Dharma Art authorized teacher, 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 Company, among others. She is also influenced by Body Weather training with Andrés Corchero and Frank van de Ven.

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 several group pieces with Los3nombresdeungato Company (2012-14). She is interested in collaboration as a practice of working together, from which she created many platforms, collectives and projects. Currently she has premiered her new solo piece 'Fulles' (2020).

She is a meditation practitioner since 2010 of the Shambhala community, a tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. She is a vajrayana student and an authorized Dharma Art teacher (trained in Los Angeles, California 2018-2020). Currently she is also a Shambhala Art Assistant Director for Europe. This view has influenced her dance improvisation practice, since then incorporating a contemplative approach into her offering of Contemplative Movement to this sacred world.

She teaches nationally and internationally for 15 years. The essence of her teaching is creativity as an inherent capacity to all human beings, and she is convinced that connecting to the wisdom of the body benefits society. She has been professor at the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Metropolitan Program of Education for Sustainable Development (AMB).



EDUCATION:   

  • Dance:
2004-2005. Contemporary Dance at Institut del Teatre, Vic (IT).
2005-2007. Contemporary Dance at AREA, Barcelona.
2007-2008. "Improvisational Performance Art" Lab at Artness, Israel. With AECID Grant (Spanish Government).
2008-2009. "Contemporary Arts Practice & Dissemination" Master (MACAPD) at L'animal a l'esquena, University of Girona (UdG) and UNESCO.
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.

  • Meditation:
2010-now. Meditation Training in the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and vajrayana student from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has been trained and authorized 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 Barbara Dilley (Contemplative Dance Practice) and Arawana Hayashi (Social Presencing Theatre), she develops her offering of Contemplative Movement.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A DANCER: 

  • In collaboration:
2005-now. 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.
2008-now. For different choreographers: Sabine Zahn & Jan Mech "PLAY>>3" (Fabrik Potsdam-Berlin, 2008). Raravis Company (Andrés Corchero & Rosa Muñoz) "Spring Landscape" (2011). Cuerpo Transitorio co. "Mujer Manus Factura" (2012).
2010-now. For interdisciplinary research laboratories as a guest artist: "2nd Fòrum de les experiències" (La Caldera, Barcelona), "La Paraula Aguda" (Cal Gras, Avinyó).
2016-2017. 43:43 Collective (with the musicians Adriano Galante and Marcel·lí Bayer).
2017-2019. Societat Alaka Collective (with the dancers Maria Mora, Majo Villafaina and Melissa Scioscia). 
 
  • Solos:
2010. A Glops
2012. Fragments de cos 
2016. The Unfinished Solo
2020. FULLES

  • As director:
2012. "Los 3..." with Los 3 nombres de un gato Co.
2013. "Fuera de lugar" with Los 3 nombres de un gato Co.
2014. "Du bist dran" with Los 3 nombres de un gato Co.
2014. Taking a walk duo with the dancer Guy Leon  


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A TEACHER:  

2005-2010. Creative movement to children from ages 3 to 6 (Ubae)
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, Escuela Arteterapia Hephaisto), nationally (Madrid, Cáceres, Huesca, Alcoy) and internationally (Germany, Israel).
2014-2016. Health in Movement (Metropolitan Program of Education for Sustainable Development, Environmental Department)
2016-2018. Movement Group +55 (University of Barcelona). She starts teaching Contemplative Movement, a contemplative approach to Dance Improvisation practice integrating meditation.
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".


RESEARCH PROJECTS:  

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.
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. 
2011-2018. improLab: A platform from which she articulates different projects and activities promoting the practice, research, creation and reflection of dance improvisation in Barcelona.


CULTURAL MANAGEMENT: 

2010. DiàlACTS Festival: Co-director of the Festival, in collaboration with Teatre Can Felipa and La Caldera.
2011-2012. AREA, Espai de Dansa i Creació: Office work at a Dance School, receiving public subsidies.
2014-2018. CIM, Improvisation in Movement Festival: Director of the Festival, in collaboration with Civic Center Barceloneta, Antic Teatre and La Caldera.