I am a self-confessed European Mongrel, making art from the position of an outsider. Though born and raised in Spain, I have a mixed heritage: half Spanish, half German, with a bit of Polish mixed in for good measure (tired of ticking the 'white other' box on many a form, I invented the label of European Mongrel for myself). I moved to the UK in 2000 after receiving a scholarship to study the International Baccalaureate at UWC Atlantic College, going on to graduate with First Class Honours from a Drama and Theatre Studies degree (2006) at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Recently a good friend likened me to a cabinet of curiosities. Make of that what you will.
My practice is as much a hybrid as my identity. I'm live artist, performance-maker and event producer, and am co-director of Accidental Collective. I am also a pedagogue and para-academic, so my practice is conceptually inquisitive, and often conceived as Practice as Research.
In 2005 I formed Accidental Collective with Daisy Orton. Together, and thanks to funding from Arts Council England and various local authorities, we have made full-length stage performances, promenade pieces, immersive environments, one-to-one experiences, and celebratory events; presenting our work in theatre and non-theatre spaces across the UK. Treating each project on its own terms, we’ve taken site-specific, interactive or community-based approaches in turn.
In 2010 I completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Kent under the auspices of Prof. Paul Allain's three-year British Grotowski Project. My research investigated the impact and influence of renowned Polish director Jerzy Grotowski on British theatre. The primary aim was to outline a historiography stretching back from Grotowski’s first contact with the UK stage in 1966, and his work with the RSC on Peter Brook’s production of U.S./US, to the practices of companies and performers who were part of the British alternative/fringe scene. The title for my thesis was: Jerzy Grotowski’s influence on British theatre, 1966 – 1980 (histories, perspectives, recollections).
Between 2006 and 1016 I was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent, in Drama and Theatre Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Since September 2017 I am a permanent Teaching Fellow specialising in practice at the University of Birmingham.
In this position I flirt with academy, existing at the fringes of HE without succumbing to its more institutionalised aspects, and have developed an eclectic and embodied pedagogy. My areas of expertise include live art, devising, new approaches to directing, contemporary performance practices, site-specific performance, and auto/biographical theatre.