Cesc Gelabert

Both as choreographer and dancer, Cesc Gelabert (ES) is currently one of the most influential figures in Spanish contemporary dance. A highly versatile artist, who has influenced and made a notable contribution towards the creation of a dance culture in Spain. Gelabert does not belong to any specific dance tendency; creating a personal contemporary style, which he has developed over the course of a long professional career, fired by his immense passion for dance. Symbols and cross references serve as a starting-point for his choreographies, which are characterised by a clear comprehensible language, in which each gesture is crafted with keen intention.Cesc Gelabert was an architecture student, commencing his dance studies with Anna Maleras, joining her group in 1969. In 1972, he created his first choreography; followed by his first solo ›Accio 0‹, in collaboration with F.Amat, later to be performed at Teatre Lliure, Barcelona. 1977 he formed his first dance group, whose début production was entitled ›Ver-estiu-altumne-ivern-1‹, a work for seven performers.

Between 1978 and 1980, he became an active member of the New York dance community, performing his pieces at La Mama, The Kitchen and other venues. 1980 back in Barcelona, he began his collaboration with Lydia Azzopardi, forming Gelabert Azzopardi Companyia de Dansa in 1985. ›Desfigurat‹ was the first of more than twenty-five productions staged by Gelabert Azzopardi touring internationally. The company became an associate of the Teatre Lliure, and since 2003 is the resident company. During his lengthy career, he has choreographed, danced and collaborated in opera, video, theatre, cinema and cabaret productions, in some of the major theatres of Europe. In the early eighties until 2003 Gelabert Azzopardi was the co resident company of Hebbel Theater, Berlin.
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