Art Alive in collaboration with

Cruz Isael Mata Rojas

"AMBIENTI & SPACE", Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, July 2019

Cruz Isael Mata Rojas, Aldina Topcagic 


Cruz Isael Mata was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his dance training at the Instituto Superior De Danza Caracas, Venezuela in 1992 where he studied with Simone Forti, Jeremy Nelson, Julyen Hamilton, Jennifer Monson, Sasha Waltz, Dominique Mercier and other outstanding artists. He continued his study at the Central University of Venezuela, where he followed classes in theatre sciences, fine arts and philosophy. He toured in Latin America as a soloist and company member. In 2000 he came to Belgium, where he became a member of the X-Group in P.A.R.T.S., directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Besides his dance education, he also studied circus techniques at the Ecole Nationale du Cirque - Academie Fratellini, physical therapy, and psychology in Paris. He danced with several dance companies: Espacio Alterno - Venezuela, Tim Feldman - Denmark, Michél Noiret Company - Belgium. He collaborated with artists such as David Zambrano, Roberto Olivan, Nadine Ganase, Virginie Thirion, Josse de Pauw, Maria Clara Villalobos, Mey-Ling Bisogno, and others. Cruz created the productions „Puzzle“ and „Casa“, which premiered in Paris in 2005. Since 2010 he has been teaching the company traing and the auditions of Ultima Vez – Wim Vandekeybus. He has been collaborating with and teaching professional training for outstanding contemporary dance companies, academies, and at international dance festivals. Among others: Company Thor, Need Company, Cie Philipe Saire, Lausanne-Switzerland, Royal Dance Conservatorium Antwerpen, Escuela superior de artes du cirque Lesac, University for Music & Dance Köln – Centre for Contemporary Dance, Tanzlabor 21 Germany-Frankfurt, La Raffinerie/Charleroi Dance, Feria Música Circus Company, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Compania Nacional de Danza Contemporanea de Venezuela, Summer Intensive, Performact Portugal, La Factoria, Altrefrontiere Roma, Tic Tac Art Centre, etc. In 2019 Cruz was the choreographic assistant in the Award winning circus production “La Vrille du Chat” created by the Belgium acrobatic company “Back Pocket”. During his collaboration with Art Alive, he co-directed and performed “AMBIENTI & SPACE” at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and won seven awards for being the co director of the short film “couch me!”. Cruz Isael has been teaching Flying Low, Acrobatic Dance, Release Technique and Contact Improvisation in Latin America, Europe, and Asia for more than 22 years.


Workshop Description:

“Flying Into Gravity Skills” focuses on developing and maintaining the body´s fluent and weightless movement patterns. Different exercises are exploring the relationship with the floor as well as towards other people, space, gravity, and towards one's own mindset while experiencing oneself in the present moment. The body is being given the opportunity to activate the relationship between the center and the periphere with the aim of moving more efficient and using the ground as well as the gravity as support. Cruz explorers the principals of recreating movements of daily life and exploring the influences of voice onto the body´s movement. Figuring out what the body has to say in the moments when it doesn’t move and doesn’t produced sound is one of the main approaches, which is being achieved through dynamic dance sequences, partnering work and diverse techniques including Flying Low and Release Technique. Answers are appearing, when we calm down the mind but open the space for the body to talk.


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