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Performance Discipline
Choreography/Live Art
I am a Spanish artist who has lived in London for the last 8 years having completed an MA in performance at the London Contemporary Dance School in 2010. I am originally from the Canary Islands, where I trained as a physiotherapist. Throughout secondary school and university, I attended drama workshops, until I discovered dance classes during the last year of my physiotherapy degree (2010-11). After that and until I moved to the UK, I progressively moved from a pre-vocational to a professional dance training attending different dance schools between Gran Canaria and Madrid, having entered the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza “Mariemma” during my last year in Spain. I also trained as a Pilates instructor and practiced regularly various Somatic techniques (especially Feldenkrais, Euthony and Franklin Method) with the aim to find a bridge between my physiotherapy background and the skills I was building with contemporary dance.
Since I finished full time training at LCDS in 2008 (as part of EDge dance company under the artistic direction of Lauren Potter), I have been both teaching Pilates and performing/choreographing. The works I have created can be divided into two groups. In the first group there are works I created in collaboration with Riccardo Buscarini. “Cameo,” the first piece I choreographed after higher education was selected as finalist for The Place Prize for Dance 2010/11. I also collaborated with Buscarini as choreographic assistant for “Volta” (winner of Premio Prospettiva Danza 2011; Padua, Italy) and “Athletes” (winner of The Place Prize 2012/13). The second group of works come from explorations I undertook on my own and with other performers, delving deeper into the matters of performance, presence, mindfulness and embodiment. These works include “Va por Vds,” part of my MA and exploring the use of mental imagery during solo choreography and performance, and “open OPENLAB,” a hybrid between shared practice and performance in which performers work on their performing whilst asking “what does to perform entail,” sharing their experiences with a present audience. For the last year, I have been working on the Unrehearsed Series (US), including “CROCODILE” and “Make Me Cool” (still in progress).
The US aims to be a group of pieces which will be neither rehearsed in their final form as set choreography nor improvised; there is a preparation process and a compositional strategy that will allow their performances to take place. My intention behind the US is to explore ways in which life and performance are understood more as the same thing rather than different or even opposite things. These pieces mean that my work is also moving towards performance and live art. I am still interested in choreography although I like to understand choreography in expanded ways. My intention is not for my practice to fully migrate towards performance art but rather to work at different positions within a continuum between both fields according to what each piece needs to be.

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