FACULTY/LION’S JAW BARCELONA 2019
Constanza Brnčić is a Choreographer, dancer and stage director. Graduate in Philosophy and Master degree in Contemporary Thought and Classical Tradition at University of Barcelona (UB), where she is currently engaged in the Phd program in Contemporary Philosophy. Currently she is composition and improvisation teacher at the CSD (Dance Conservatory of Barcelona’s Theater Institute), and chief of Choreography Department.
She is guest teacher at the ESAD (School of Dramatic Art of Barcelona’s Theater Institute).
Recently she has been commissioned by Grec Festival 2018 to direct an choreograph the participative opera Monster in the Maze, by Jonathan Dove, presented at Grec Theatre in Barcelona in the context of Grec Festival 2018, with the participation of 300 singers of different ages, de JONC (Young Orquestra of Catalonia), and Orfeó Català, directed by Simon Hasley. She has been comissioned by Mercat de les Flors to direct and choreograph the 2018 edition of Totsdansen Project, a project of dance that involves 960 teenagers from different high schools of Catalonia. She has been commissioned by Auditori of Barcelona, to direct and stage the concert for children Planeta Clarinet, that has been performed every year since 2014. She has been commissioned by Institute of
Culture of Barcelona to direct 2018/19 edition of art and education project En Residencia.
In 2000 she starts La Sospechosa Cultural Association, developing projects that focus on the relations between body / environment, teaching / learning, and perceptional processes. All these projects seek to take artistic action into unusual contexts, in order to generate a critical reflection about art and in particular on performing
arts. Since 2009, she works as a choreographer and director of community projects at the Municipal Music School and Centre of the Arts of Hospitalet de Llobregat (EMMCA). Together with playwright Albert Tola, she directs the project PI(È)CE (intergenerational creation project) since 2010, produced by Tantarantana Theater
A a choreographer she has created several pieces in collaboration with artists like: Gabriel Brnčić (composer), Agustí Fernàndez (pianist), Victòria Szpunberg (dramatist and playwright), Carme Torrent (choreographer), Joan Saura (composer), Nuno Rebelo (composer), Albert Tola (dramatist and writer), Matt Davis (musician), Ferran
Fages (musician)… Her last dance solo, What is the Word, based on Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, was premiered at Mercat de les Flors de Barcelona in the context of International Grec Festival 2017.
As a dancer she has worked with the company Raravis/Andrés Corchero and Rosa Muñoz (1996-2009) and with Malpelo dance company (2002-2005). She has been soloist dancer at The Magic Flute, by W.A. Mozart, choreography by Min Tanaka and stage direction by Piere Audi, at Salzburg Festival, 2008.
Jorge Crecis’ work is renowned for merging the athleticism and excitement of sports with the compelling visuals of an art installation. He is passionate about showing off the dancers as resiliently virtuosic individuals that together form a strong and compact team. Jorge holds a degree in Sport Sciences and studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. After working as a professional dancer for different companies throughout Europe, he became a full-time lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) for four years. Currently, Jorge is an award winning choreographer whose work has been performed in the theatre’s around the world: from the prestigious New York City Centre (USA), to the avant-garde 798 District in Beijing (China) or Sadlers Wells and the Royal Opera House in London (UK).
Using his synthesis of sport, non-ordinary states of mind and dance, Jorge leads workshops internationally and coaching professional companies such as Akram Khan Company, DV8, Punchdrunk, Rambert, etc. Over the last years Jorge has been commissioned by companies such as: Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theatre (China), Acosta Danza (Cuba), among others. His work has been described as: “irrepressible good fun” (The Guardian), “perfect” (The Independent) or “a Sudoku brought to life” (Londondance.com). His latest creation for the company directed by Carlos Acosta has been awarded as the best dance piece presented in Cuba in 2017.
For the last 20 years, Jorge has been working to crack the secret of how to replicate altered states of consciousness through very accessible but highly effective body routines. This has resulted in a cutting-edge methodology that has been published in the form of a doctoral thesis. In 2018 Jorge has been awarded a PhD by Goldsmiths, University of London.
Abhilash Ningappa was born in India and is currently a performer, teacher and choreographer working in India and Europe. He graduated from SEAD (Salzburg) and received his Masters in APASS (Advanced performance and scenography studies) (Belgium) developing a movement research project called PLAY PRACTICE.
A yoga practitioner and martial arts teacher trained in kalari payattu and contemporary dance, Abhilash started his training in India and later travelled throughout Europe and India teaching and developing those practices.
Since 2015 he has acted as artistic director of the Play Practice Artists Residency, organising apprenticeship programs for young dancers, yoga teacher training programs and martial arts residencies.
He has taught and performed at Nunart (Spain), Dance Perfect (Prague), Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Antwerp), I-dance(Hong Kong), Ibiza and Freiburg Contact Festival(Spain) and worked with choreographers such as Constanza macras in “Back to the present” and ” The past” , Katie Ducks Improvisation performances, Tania Carvalho In “Icosahedron”, Rex levitates Dance Company (Ireland). “Bodies in urban spaces” by Willie Dorner.
He Won Pecda award for His choreography work “Architect of self destruction” Which he toured throuought India , He choreographed for NUNOFF festival and Ibiza movement and performance Festival, ” No Speaking Solo” Performed in Isadora Festival in Russia, “Too far east is west” performance with Carla Guida Johnson and Ana jezabel, “Disposable Heroes” with Bangalore Dance Collective, “Troubled Duet” in Bangalore international dance festival.
He presented a lecture performance called ‘Life Unedited” and performed 15 solos choreographed by all participant choreographers called “15 pieces ” as well as a concept by Daniel Kok,”Lets Make Up India” in Zurich.
Laura Vilar is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and researcher in contemporary dance. At present: PhD student at the UAB in philosophy of dance. Member of the teaching teams of the Degree in Philosophy of the UAB. Teacher in various subjects at the Institut del Tetatre of Barcelona. Director of the training project Grup de treball in nunArt. Coordinator of the Professional Training at the Area school since 2017. Collaborate with nunArt association. Collaborated with Compagnie Taffanel since 2003. MURAD master thesis tutor (master in artistic research and design_EINA_UAB) She teaches workshops nationally and internationally.She started the dance in Barcelona at the Varium school where he received a contemporary education. Professional career in many companies: Tránsit, Sisters of Castro, Salvatge cor, La inconnexa, Lanònima Imperial, Dance Theater of Ireland. Works with Compagnie Taffanel since 2003. Cobosmika (2006-2013), with whom she has worked internationally with the company of Russell Maliphant. In her role as a choreographer, she has presented many projects, at the moment working on the solo “Voyager”
She has taught nationally and internationally at art centers such as: CODARTS Rotterdam Dance Academy, Saineb dance co, Istanbul, Linz Anton Bruckner University, Varium, Area, Timbal, Eolia, nunArt, among others. Artistic coordinator of the National Dance Production 2017-2018.