Body and artistic creation for personal and collective transformation

I share and interpret a new way of looking, living and thinking the body, and the processes of artistic creation deriving from it (thought, theory and practice).

I am Zoe Balasch,  I combine teaching with artistic creation working in different artistic groups and adopting several roles, either in the actual creation or in production or research.

My intent is to create new narratives, perspectives and aesthetics in relation to social, political and environmental concerns with a playful and subversive attitude and the humble aim to participate of a global social transformation. My work combines the research and creation of new body languages in the performing arts in order to explore ways of approaching, denouncing and reflecting on different current affairs topics that concern me.

My language is fluid and far from labels. I navigate in a wide spectrum of creative forms. My usual proposals adopt different shapes and formats: creative pieces and coreographies in landscape (urban, rural, emotional), performances, awareness workshops in landscape, courses relating art and territory, walkshops and urban drifts, always involving the audience in different degrees of participation. I am especially interested in site-specific pieces, either indoors or outdoors, in both rural and urban environments.

The projects I work on are in relation to dance/performance, artistic exchange, collaborations, as well as organising and administrating research and exploration sessions. I have collaborated  with poets, musicians, painters, architects , landscapers and geographers and  I usually take the opportunities offered by technology as a link to collaborate with sound and video artists.  I have participated in A.I.R projects  and I have received several scholarships of support to creation (OSIC, Catalan Council for Arts,  Institut Ramon Llull, Eco-Art Incubator).

My works have been presented in national and international festivals, art galleries, centres of creation, universities and in unconventional exhibiting circuits.

My perspective of the body and of dance is influenced by Eastern thought and its body practices, most of them coming from Asia: Japan and India.

As a researcher of body languages and dancing shapes I am interested in Eastern philosophies and how the body is understood, linking this research with postmodern studies of the body and its language in Western contexts. I also write, question, read and rethink dance, body and its exhibition and creation spheres.

“Physical presence is not something that can only be found in the body”

Kuryama Shigehisha