Esther Freixa i Ràfols

In 2005 obtains a Drama degree at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona. From 2006 to 2009 she continues her professional training taking part in different workshops lead by Kari Margolis, The South Wing, Rene Baker, Omnibus, Mal Pelo, Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, KiM (Kosmos in Movement). Between 2010 and 2012 she trains regularly Body Weather with Andrés Corchero-Rosa Muñoz, and Bio-voice with Víctor Turull, with whom in 2015 she deepens her research with the work ‘The voice body’. Since 2012 she is traveling to the south of India to learn the martial art Kalaripayattu at the Hindustan Kalari Sangam.

She has been performing with Jill Greenhalgh, Fura dels Baus, Dulce Compañía, Meg Stuart, Roger Sala Reyner and La Reial, showing her work in England, Berlin, Amsterdam and Spain.

From 2007 she collaborates with the actor, researcher and director Toni Cots taking part between 2011 and 2015 in the laboratory Residual memory and collaborative practices. With him has created both the solo Medea (a la carta) which since 2009 has been presented over 120 times in Spain, Mexico, Lebanon, Venezuela, Italy, Germany, and Argentina; and 30 years, a poetic act of resistence that since 2014 has been presented as a working-process to the audience in Mexico and Catalonia.

Also she does artistic coaching for different theatre and dance makers, teaches regularly classes, workshops and courses, and applies her research in individual sessions, depending on the needs of each person.

Between 2006 and 2010 is a member of La Bombeta, a non-profit cultural association which aim is to ensure links and relations between live artistic work and an audience. Between 2008 and 2010 co-directs and manages La Serradora, a working space run by a city council, dedicated to the Performing Arts research and practice. She is a funding member of the non-profit artistic association CRA’P. All these spaces based in Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona), her city of birth.

Toni Cots, actor, maker, researcher and director of Performing Arts.

In 1975 gets a Theatre degree at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona. Studies and practices Contemporary Dance in Barcelona, London and Oslo. Between 1976 and 1985 is an actor member of the Odin Theatre (Denmark), and between 1979 and 1987 takes active part as a teacher at the International School of Theatre Anthropology – ISTA. As a maker and director establishes in 1984 BASHO, an international Performing Arts Platform, with which he directs and produces several works and events in different parts of the world.

Has been an artistic director or advisor of several international festivals, production platforms or events such as the International Theatre Festival of Sitges, Spain (1987-1990), ‘Teatre Obert’ in Barcelona (1989-1991), ‘The European Theatre’ in Copenhagen (1994-1996). Between 1997 and 2000 funds and directs in Copenhagen the socio-cultural project ‘Borderland’, aiming at the production of artistic works and events based on issues related to migration, exile and political refugees.

Between 2001 and 2010 has been coordinating and co-directing the Performing Arts centre ‘L’animal a l’esquena’ in Celrà near Girona, Spain. Between 2007 and 2010 establishes and directs at L’animal a l’esquena in collaboration with the University of Girona, the Master in Contemporary Arts Practice & Dissemination – MACAPD. Since 2011 is a funding member of CRA’P in Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona (Spain). For over 30 years he has been teaching performing arts courses and workshops in many parts of the world.