Biography

Irene Alvarez Coto (Asturias, 1984).

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Since a child, dance is part of my life. At first it was classical ballet and as I grew up I got interested in many different movement forms. In a nomad lifestyle I combine my passion for Dance and the labour as physiotherapist.  So, I travel in Europe, but also Cuba, India, diving into the Contemporary Dance Art, Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Butoh. I also trained Flamenco, African Dance, Acroyoga, Dance in Tissues, Martial Arts, Thai Massage.

I love to explore dance in nature and urban spaces, and the most of all, I love to co-create with artists from different disciplines. I feel very proud to work with such amazing artists as Marina Oural Villapol (MOV) (Poetry & Movement), Xuan Alyfe, Luis Fernandes (Kiss Me Lisbon DanceFilm), Des Nomades (Änima – Site Specific), Pedro Paz (…de Corpo Inteiro, Mandala Crew), Imprevisto Colectivo, among others. I also worked with the choreographers Karel Neninger (Das Tempo Company, 2011) and Lázaro Batista (La Habana, 2012). In 2015,  I get involved in the artistic residency Play Practice in Bangalore, coordinated by Abilash Ningappa, and in the European Project “Symbols” (Dundee). From there, Dark In Vivo, a performance for dance & music in live is born and gets a residency in 2016 in the “Factoría Cultural” in Avilés.

I share my experience by facilitating dance workshops and classes since 2009. Contact Improvisation becomes a hugh world to explore and to share wherever I go, so I get involved in different projects to spread this practice. I develop workshops and jams in Asturias since 2013, Contact Impro Sintra in Portugal, 2014, and the First Asturias Contact Festival in 2015. This year we come with the second edition and another Contact Improvisation events are in the agenda: Cercanías Contact Festival and Karavana Norte CI.

 

INFLUENCES

Classical Dance: Myrian Chamorro.
Contemporary Dance: Fernando Hurtado, Mª Ángeles Padilla, Laura Cueto, 
Mónica Cofiño, Carmen Werner, Erre que Erre, Megaló Teatro Móvil, 
Bebeto Cidra, Cecilia Colacrai, Iris Heitzinger. Cesc Gelabert, 
Juan Kruz, from Sasha Waltz, Karel Neninger, Tomas Guilarte & George 
Céspedes from Danza Contemporanea Cuba, Susana Pouss, DanzAbierta, 
Rosario Cárdenas, Retazos Dance Theatre, Efesto Teatro
Contact Improvisation: Olaf Kehler, Mirva Makinen, Bernd Knappe, 
Cristiane Boullosa, Linda Bufali and many other masters and 
dancers I’ve found on the dance 
Dance Butoh: Miguel Nariz Roja, Rhea Volij, Lorna Lawrie, 
Rosana Barra, Rasjid César, Marlene Joebstl, Atsusi Takenouchi, 
Jonhatan Martineau.
Flamenco: Mónica Núñez
Yoga: Verónica, Mercedes Palacio, Miguel, Namrata Sudhindra, B.S.K. Iyengar.
Martial Arts: José Luís Monforte (Tai-Chi Chuan), Guillerme Luz (Kung Fu), 
Ajeesh Katta (Kalari Payattu)
African Dance: Moudone Sall
ASTURIAS, BARCELONA, LONDON, LA HABANA, INDIA, EUROPE, PORTUGAL, CÁDIZ, 
PAIS VASCO, EVERY ISLAND I WAS…

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