Born in San Sebastian in 1983, Igor Urzelai is a London-based artist with a focus on dance, interested in the body as a means to empower the individual. Igor trained in dance at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Danza in Madrid, before graduating from London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) in 2009. Igor had previously trained as an actor but his interest in the moving body and the immediacy of action as a vehicle for meaning, ideas and desires drew him to dance. Igor has been creating work in partnership with Moreno Solinas since 2007; they are known as Igor x Moreno.
Since forming in 2012, the company’s works have toured extensively across the globe, and have been met by public and critical acclaim. They have been nominated for awards such as the Total Theatre Award for Dance and the National Dance Awards, as well as being promoted in numerous international dance platforms including Aerowaves, NID Platform and the British Council Showcase.
Following on from Idiot-Syncrasy (2013), their first choreographic venture, the company presented A Room For All Our Tomorrows (2015), which is a duet that explores the secret lives we all possess when we are close to others. A recent work, Andante (2017), featured four dancers, and was an invitation to pause and to connect with your senses in a room filled with smoke and scent.
The company’s work is characterised by an interest in the moving body and the immediacy of action as a vehicle for meaning, ideas and desires. It wants to reclaim the role of the theatre as a place for assembly whilst exploring the cathartic properties of live performance. Across all works, Igor x Moreno have always tried to create a frame to share their views without dictating a single reading, instead creating space for reflection for the viewer.
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