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Mar 3rd 2017 @ Théâtre des Abbesses

Paris, France
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Friday, March 3rd, 2017
8:30 PM
Théâtre des Abbesses
Paris, France
Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas are two London-based artists making and presenting dance performances across Europe and internationally. They first met in 2006; later they trained together at LCDS-The Place in London where they started collaborating. Igor and Moreno are currently Work Place artists, the associate artists programme of The Place and they have been creating dance works in partnership since 2007.
Their work is characterised by their interest in the moving body and the immediacy of action as a vehicle for meaning, ideas and desires. Igor and Moreno want to reclaim the role of the theatre as a place for assembly whilst exploring the cathartic properties of live performance.
As well as their work in partnership Igor and Moreno are amongst the founding members of BLOOM!, a dance collective rooted in various cultural backgrounds and disciplines founded in 2009 to embrace collaboration as the foundation of its creative process. In that same year they started another collective venture called Hiru Dance Org, willing to curate and disseminate dance across the home countries of its members.

Igor and Moreno have presented their works extensively in Europe and also in the USA and Chile. In 2010 CITY by BLOOM! dance collective, their first major work, premiered and received the Rudolf Laban Award 2010 in Budapest and an artist residency by Prix Jardin d’Europe (Brussels / Istanbul). In 2011 the work got selected for the Aerowaves Priority list.
TAME GAME (2011) and The End Is Near (2012) where both works in which they explored the individual’s place within an ever changing world. Also in 2012, Hiru curated a week of performance in an empty unit at a shopping centre and for that it was selected as a nominee for the ’h.Club100′ by Time Out London in a search of the most entrepreneurial, influential and innovative people in the creative media in England.

In 2013 Igor and Moreno premiered Idiot-Syncrasy, their first choreographic venture as a duo in a work about commitment and perseverance exploring dance as an agent for change. Idiot-Syncrasy was well received by both audience and press and was nominated for the National Dance Awards 2015, the Total Theatre Awards 2015, it was selected for the Aerowaves Priority list in 2015 and for the 2015 British Council’s biennial Edinburgh Showcase. Furthermore Vetrina Giovane Danza D’Autore 2014/15 (Anticorpi XL) introduced them to the Italian dance scene, allowing them to tour extensively the country.

Igor and Moreno make work about people and what makes us such special animals. Across all their works they have always tried to create a frame to share their views without dictating a single reading, instead creating space for reflection for the viewer.
On his own, Moreno has created the solos URANUS and Life Is A Carnival, the latter commissioned for The Place Prize and later selected for Aerowaves 2013. He also choreographed for Balletto di Sardegna and as part of the Stroke Odysseys project.
Igor danced Basque folk and worked as an actor in theatre and film as well; he starred in Hansel & Gretel, created for the BBCa short film nominated for the BAFTA awards. He is most attracted to what happens before the word comes and focuses in the one thing we all share: a body.

Igor and Moreno’s work has been supported by numerous international organisations including the Arts Council England, the British Council, The Place (London), Yorkshire Dance (Leeds), Cambridge Junction, Dancexchange (Birmingham), Centro Per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano, Italy), El Graner (Spain), BAD Festival (Spain), Workshop Foundation (Hungary), SIN Cultural Centre (Hungary) and TIR danza (Italy).