Jose Vidal

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The choreographer and dancer Jose Luis Vidal was born in Valdivia, Chile. He studied anthropology and sociology before turning to dance in 1994. Two years later, he received a grant from the American Dance Festival to study in New York. He was recruited by the Czech-Italian group Déjà Donné and worked as an assistant choreographer for Simona Sandroni at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, the Czech Republic. After that, he was a member of Ernesto Company at the Théâtre Varia in Brussels and Transit Company in Barcelona. Vidal gained a Master's in Choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School, Kent University. Ever since, he has been living and working in London and Santiago. In London, as an associate artist at The Place, he produced the award-winning choreographies 21frames21minutes, Inventario, The Kiss and Loop. In 2011, he brought together dozens of dancers and performers from a range of disciplines for Loop.3 – the opening performance of the theatre of the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM). They form the basis for his own dance company in Santiago. Vidal's choreographies revolve around a fascination with continual movement and how the cycle of nature can be portrayed with the dancing body. He also focuses on the role of the individual in large group movements, how different bodies can move together as one, assisted by a fervent belief in the transformative power of the art form of dance. Under the name Jose Vidal & Cía, he presented DOSMILDOCE (2012) – an interactive theatre experience with forty spectators and performers on the same stage, and Tramas Coreográficas – with more than thirty performers, made specifically for the central hall of the GAM and enacted as an intervention in the public space. His ensemble, brought together by a love of sharing knowledge and creative synergy, now consists of more than fifty members. Rito de Primavera was also established during a residency at GAM in 2013. This performance marks his debut at the Holland Festival.