David Espinosa is an artist based in Barcelona, who since 2007 develops his own work in performances and interactive installations, always in the middle of theater, dance, and visual arts. His unique small shows have been presented in many of the great theaters and festivals in the world.
David Espinosa’s work is questioning the idea of performing through a research about theatrical limits, and manipulating the elements of the “stage equation”. Keeping a critical spirit, full of irony, about society and the art world, he tries in every creation to develop a formal game that surprises the audience and make him participant in the viewing of the piece, exposing crudely mechanisms and approaches of the work, away from tags, on the borders of the visual arts, the choreography, and the theatre of objects.
In recent shows where he has replaced the real body with the object (in most cases toys and decorative figures depicting bodies of people, animals or fantastic creatures) there is a great interest in the idea of play as an activity to connect humans to what is transcendental in a simple way. He tries to deepen more in this concept and to further explore the possibilities of objects as a performative element in Shadow Street (2020), A universal story (2018), Much ado about nothing (2014), and My great work (an ambitious project) (2012).
Interested more and more by the creation of meaning through the relationship between form, light and sound, he has delved into the performing concept proposing devices that through precarious methods and “low tech” generate sophisticated effects loaded with theatricality. Adult toys, which provides one particular experience where the ludic or recreational component is as valuable as the artistic discourse, handmade and homemade, following the “do it yourself” doctrine to approach contemporary creation to the citizen, avoiding elitist and endogamous artist image. The Triptych (2017), La triste figura (2015) and Hekinah Degul (2013) are performing sculptures coming from this idea.
David Espinosa (Elche, 1976) Bachelor of acting by E.S.A.D. Valencia in 1998. Since 1994 studying Contemporary Dance, Improvisation, CI and Capoeira in Valencia, Brussels and Barcelona. Performer in different dance and theatre companies: Alex Rigola, Sergi Faustino, Mal Pelo, The Malqueridas, Osmosis cie. (France), Lapsus-Alexis Eupierre, Sonia Gómez / General Elèctrica, Paul Weibel, Carles Alberola, among other. In 2006 creates with Africa Navarro “El Local Espacio de Creacion”, a private structure based in Barcelona to develop their own creative projects.
Their works have been presented around the world at the spaces and internationals festivals: ACT Shanghai, FIAMS Saguenay Canada, Theater der Dinge Berlin, Mime Festival-Tate Modern London, Festival Otoño a Primavera Madrid, International Puppet Festival Jerusalem, Wiener Festwochen, Biennal de Venezia, MESS Sarajevo, Net Moscu, Festival Grec de Barcelona, Temporada alta en Timbre 4 (Buenos Aires, Lima y Montevideo), Figura Festival Baden, Eurothalia Timisoara, World Theatre-Varna Summer Bulgaria, Fimfa Lisboa, Ganz Novi Zagreb, Be Festival Birmingham, Helsinki Festival, Oslo International Teaterfestival, CINARS Montreal, Festival Marionnettes Neuchatel, Festival de Terni, Escena Contemporánea de Madrid, Bad Bilbao, TNT de Terrassa, Ciclo Radicals Lliures Barcelona, Cena Contemporânea de Brasilia, Culture Station 284 Seoul…
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