Quim Bigas BIO and INFO

Contact(e): info@quimbigas.com

English/Català/ Castellano/English BIO

Quim Bigas Bassart was born in Barcelona. Artist working within the fields of choreography, performance arts, information and education. Since 2007 combines performing for other people, collaborations and his own work.

His interest in dance lies in the choreographical, the conversational, the practice and the encounter. He has a tendency towards working focus on movement research, social interactions and information procedures. His works are very diverse and are located around concerns and triggers on the gaze, the idea of experience, the present, performativity and commitment in an a artistic environment. He uses sources that comes from Popular Culture, Performative and Theater Essays, Sociology and Information Science.

Quim Bigas currently lives between Copenhagen, Stockholm and Barcelona where he develops his own work, as well as collaborating with different artists.

Quim Bigas Bassart treballa en els camps de la coreografia, la dramatúrgia i la societat de la informació. Graduat com a Major in Dance and Post-Graduate Artists in Residency a SEAD (Salzburg) i alumne convidat a l’escola de Nous desenvolupaments de la Dansa- SNDO (Amsterdam). Actualment està estudiant el Grau en Informació i Documentació a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) i el Màster en Noves Pràctiques Performatives a UNIARTS/DOCH Estocolm. Resident entre Copenhaguen, Estocolm i Barcelona, durant aquest últim any ha col·laborat amb Aitana Cordero Vico (To-get-her(e)) i Carme Torrent (Eclipse o la imagen siempre llega tarde); ha creat Crònica d’un espai de desgast amb el grup de joves FESTUCS i ha seguit treballant amb El Conde de Torrefiel.

Quim Bigas Bassart (Barcelona, 1984). Trabaja en los campos de la coreografía, la dramaturgia y la sociedad de la información. Graduado como Major in Dance and Post-Graduate Artists in Residency en SEAD (Salzburgo) y alumno invitado en la escuela de Nuevos desarrollos de la Danza- SNDO (Ámsterdam). Actualmente estudia el Grado en Información y Documentación en la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) y el Máster en Nuevas Prácticas Performativas en UNIARTS/DOCH (Estocolmo).

Vive entre Copenhague, Estocolmo y Barcelona donde desarrolla sus propias creaciones, así como algunas colaboraciones con otros artistas. Durante estos últimos años ha trabajado entre otros con Aitana Cordero Vico (To-get-her(e) y Sweet); Carme Torrent (Eclipse o la imagen siempre llega tarde); o El Conde de Torrefiel (Escenas para una conversación después del visionado de una película de Michael Haneke). Ha creado Crònica d’un espai de desgast con el grupo de jóvenes FESTUCS.

 

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Quim Bigas Bassart, Barcelona, 1984.

Influenced by his grandfather, starts his relation with theater in his childhood by performing in amateurs representations, as well as following the programs of the places around his hometown. His grandfather introduces the first information concerning theory and vocabulary of arts. After asking to his parents for it, he starts going to ballet classes as well as handball and theater classes around his hometown. He was 8 years old.

After getting the elementary level on ballet and having self-learn hip-hop, creating his own crew and teaching with 17 years old, starts going to professional classes in Barcelona in different schools with a special focus on learning more about the dance field. In 2004, he gets accepted to attend a 3 years professional course at Company& Company, where he graduates in 2007 after learning many different dance techniques. After that, he decides to go into a more open structure as well as deciding to engage in new adventures further than his country. In 2007, he gets accepted at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria. In that school he gets familiar with concepts and approaches toward composition and creation that helped him to deepen much more on the concepts of choreography as expanded practice. After graduating in Salzburg, he is invited to assist at seminars and workshops around Europe. Quim kept eager to learn and engage with structures that deal with choreography and new perfomative practices. In 2011, he gets accepted, as a Guest Student, for 7 months at School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. During that period, he gets inspired by Jeanine Durning and his whole approach towards performative practice as well as by the theoretical approach of Andre Lepecki and his thoughts on dramaturgy. After having lots of information inside the choreographical and dance field, he was still curious about information procedures and archive. Being like that, he decides to engage at a BA in Information and documentation at Open University of Catalonia. He combines his studies with his work as a choreographer, instructor and performer. Actually, the studies are an important source of knowledge as well as offering relevant information for the interests he has towards performance arts.

Since 2007 the professional activity of Quim has being between performing for other makers, engaging in collaboration/encounters and creating his own work. All those experiences have given to him very good platforms for reflecting about the process of making and the protocols of performance art.

Since very early, Quim shows an interest on dipping into the informational process that can be created inside an artistic process. The experience he gained as a performer has being precious in order to deepen much more on different attempts on choreography. Good examples of this experience would be “Maschinenhalle #1” by Christine Gaigg or “Retrospective” by Xavier le Roy.

Collaborations/encounters are a relevant platform for Quim’s work. Even If there’s a certain sense of collaboration already on his own work, he’s interested in the collaboration/encounter with other people around a specific topic created by consensus. His first big collaboration was with CollectifPoPs a collective that gather 5 dancers with the will to create non-hierarchical structures. The main activity of the collective took place between 2008 and 2013.

He is currently in two ongoing collaborations. Since 2011, him and Costas Kekis work on “Brunswick Centre 1970’s” an encounter around “Dead Public Spaces” propose by Richard Sennett. Another precious collaboration for him, is “TO-GET-HER(e)” an encounter and relation on fidelity with Aitana Cordero that started in 2011. Each work has its own rules and its own methodology.

Some of the interests in Quim’s work are the use and appropriation of information, the obvious and the practical, the theatre protocol and the tools to generate committed movement.

He considers that his first piece was “The history of the poor chair” that was premiered in 2008 in SEAD. In 2009 he starts his first long process: “Showing Godiva”, that had being present in different formats and last until 2013. After that, he got more interested in long-term products as well as in the possibility of investing on a diversity of formats, deepening common knowledge and ways of sharing the work. That same year he graduated in SEAD with solo in collaboration by Diego Gil called “MOLAR”. The latter has been going on and off for some years and during 2014-2015, worked in a longer version that is allowing him to be touring at the moment in several venues.

The curiosities around the information procedures and the appropriation of it inside the performance realm had brought him to start APPRAISERS in 2011, a project that is still going and that pretends to be a constant line for his future.

Quim is currently an enrolled student at the MA on New Performative Practices at DOCH/UNIARTS, Stockholm, touring the work “MOLAR” and seeking and investing on formats and context for “APPRAISERS”. Lives between Stockholm, Copenhaguen and Barcelona.

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