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Pablo Tapia Leyton

Graduated in dance from the faculty of art at the University Academy Humanismo Cristiano (Santiago del Chile, 2011). He trained in South America and Europe with different authors, teachers and paths from different somatic practices to contemporary theater and circus.

As a performer and dancer, he developed an early part of his career in South America working with companies and authors that led him to acquire a wealth of experience not only in contemporary dance, but also in circus, theater, montage, production and research.

He moved to Europe in 2014 and worked as a dancer for various productions, residencies and projects of a different nature.

The following year he debuted as an author with MustBe within the M100 festival (Argentina). Over the years he presents numerous projects and performances in Italy. He realizes his last work Seven project in 2021 in the city of Essen/Germany.

In 2022 he is one of the winners of the Spring call, the our new project in collaboration with Gaia Clotilde Chernetich that gives support to unpublished choreographic projects on the themes of identity and travel.

In April 2022, our studio opened its doors to the two choreographers who won the Spring call. Pablo Tapia Leyton was supported by Gaia Clotilde Chernetich, a dramaturg and dance scholar, to develop his project Archipelago.

Archipelago by definition is a collection of islands that share a similar morphology. The author identifies the lived experience of people in the history of an island, what creates its structure. Like islands, similarly people form archipelagos by approaching those they perceive as similar. The island becomes identity.

The first step of the research created the foundation for the construction of an island for each performer. Recognizing, observing and crossing are the given inputs on which individuals travel within their islands. Starting with the design and spatial location of their island, the project uses these three actions as the principle of movement by determining the execution.

In his residency journey, Leyton met with professionals from different areas of study who helped him understand in what direction to develop the work. He had support in making a vocabulary used as a transmission tool and opening up an artistic and musical landscape.

I had the idea that each of us is an island, practically the experience of an island is the same as the experience of each person; and that a group of islands morphologically more or less similar form an archipelago.

- Pablo Tapia Leyton