In the weeks leading up to the learning modules in Prague and Vilnius we will introduce the participants country by country. Let’s get to know the seven artists from Spain!
Agnes Balfegó graduated first class with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona. She is touring with the production “Gran Bolero” with Jesús Rubio Gamo. The company was awarded as “Best dance show of 2020” (Premios Max). Balfegó has also worked with Luiz Fernando Bongiovanni (Brazil), Poliana Lima, Valleto Dance Company (USA), Clara Pampyn and Alberto Alonso (Colectivo la Imperfecta ES), Roberto Olivan (ES). Her solo “EIXOS” was awarded in the Festival 15m2.
Balfegó will participate in the second module in Vilnius and expects to get more closely familiar with digital tools: “I aim to use them in the benefit of art and not as a limitation, to learn ways of innovate to get a wider perspective in performance creation, to communicate and reach more people”.
Helena Córdoba is a choreographer and a multimedia artist specialized in performing arts. She was trained professionally in contemporary and modern dance simultaneously to her university degree in multimedia engineering. In 2019 she created and premiered PARALLELS, a multimedia interactive dance show created technologically and choreographed all by herself. She has been working as a multimedia artist for performing arts companies for over five years and directing her own company, FUSE.
Córdoba will join the second module with the expectation to learn more about new digital tendencies in the arts world. She is looking forward to learning from the other participants as well: “I want to have the experience to work with other professionals and collaborate together to know other workflows that are being used abroad and improve my own way to do my tasks”.
Ingrid Esperanza is a circus artist and creator based in Barcelona. She is dedicated to the investigation of movement and the exploration of hybrid languages in the contemporary scene and is the co-creator of the Otradnoie, Imaga and Páramo Cero projects. Esperanza has worked for companies like Cirque du Soleil, Animal Religion and Karlik Dance Theater among others. Currently Esperanza is the director of Haa Collective, its transdisciplinary project called Picaderø.
Esperanza will participate in the second module with the aim to get on track with the current developments in the field: “I want to be updated with the current digital tools for creation, promotion and dissemination specially in the contemporary art field”.
Dídac Gilabert is a juggler and lover of sciences. He generates shows and audiovisual projects through the artistic project troposfera.xyz, where he also researches juggling and writes theory to order his ideas through web platforms and thus contribute actively to the circus community. Gilabert also composes soundtracks for shows with vintiset.net He has been a circus programmer at FIS, the International Solo Festival since 2016.
Gilabert will participate in both of the modules. He is self taught in programming and web development and decided to take part in the project as he sees digitalization as an essential part of modern life: “I would like to understand the physics of the world we live in.”
Inka Romani is a dancer and creator trained at the Choreographic Center in Toulouse CDCN with a BA in Communications. She has worked with choreographers Marquez & Zangs (UK) and Germana Civera (France), Core Dance Company (USA) and also as a production assistant for Sadler’s Wells Theater and La Mutant (Spain). She currently lives in Valencia where she develops her work and collaborates with artists La Coja Danza, Norberto Llopis and Julia Zac. She is a co-founder of Club Mutante.
Romani will participate in the first module in Prague. She would like to gain insights on how her artistic practice can travel through different platforms: “How can I relate different narratives together to ensure that the concept of the work is still ‘readable’ or accept the mutations generated by the format or platform used? At this point I would like to delve into content creation but I struggle to find the strategy around it.”
Tomáš Václavek is the co-founder of Kolektiv Lapso Cirk. OVVIO, their first show, has received multiple awards and has been performed more than 150 times all over the world. While studying at DOCH in Stockholm he was researching the possibilities of doing circus in the form of audio. This led to Audio Crumbs being formed, a company specialized in creating immersive audio experiences. He is a digital native and has no problem building websites and writing basic code – and is always looking to learn more.
Václavek will participate in the second module and is looking for new ways to utilize sound as a medium: “I’m using this platform to create work that blends reality with fiction using simple technology. It’s an extension of my practice as a balancer, going in and out of being in control. A fine line between the known and the unknown”.
Julia Zac is a choreographer-dancer (Arg-Fr) based in Valencia, Spain. She studied at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes in of Choreographic Interpretation and Composition culminating with a master’s degree. She has been presenting her pieces at festivals such as Festival danza trayectos, Corpo (a) terra, Roca Umbert, 10 sentidos, Me gustas pixelad_, Etopia_ ,CCC Barceloneta and Blueproject Foundation. She is the Co-director of Club Mutante, an event that tries to energize the dance community in Spain.
Zac will participate in the first module and is keen on creating an audience for her work: “I want to be able to have the tools to communicate my ideas and my artistic universe with clarity”.