Choreography • Dance • Personal Growth

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Lucas, originally from Spain, was born in Basel in 1988. As a child, his passions were sports and hip-hop culture, which led him to discover his love for dance through Breaking (Breakdance). At 19, following a personal crisis, he shifted his focus to dance and the study/practice of personal growth.

He taught himself to dance while pursuing studies in Cultural Anthropology and Media Studies, eventually becoming a professional dancer and cultural worker. Since 2014, Lucas has been a part of the MIR Dance Company in Basel. In 2017, he collaborated and performed with dancers from the Ballett Theater Basel.

Lucas also ventured into cultural management, where he supported dance institutions, organized dance events, and developed dance projects. Additionally, he contributed behind the scenes as a choreographic assistant and/or production assistant for dance productions.

Throughout his journey, Lucas faced numerous injuries, surgeries, and personal crises. Today, he is dedicated to choreography and dance, and also works as a mentor, teacher, and lecturer in personal growth.

EDUCATION/TRAINING:

Master of Arts in Dance – Choreography as a Field of Practice (ZHdK, Zürich)

Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Media Studies (University of Basel)

Personal Growth (integrating Philosophy, Psychology and Spirituality. Self-taught and through courses, seminars, conferences)

Movement & Dance: Breaking, Contemporary Dance, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong

ACHIEVEMENTS/AWARDS:

2022 Choreographer Newcomer-Award (26. Oltner Tanztage, Olten/CH)

2022 «Search» choreography selected for the Swiss Tour TANZFAKTOR 2022

2021 Three-year grant SZENOTOP by Aargauer Kuratorium & Kurtheater Baden, as part of the PR·SMA collective (Elena Morena Weber, Lucas del Rio, Luca Magni)

2020 «Simplexity» choreography commended by the Burgos-New York International Choreography Contest 2021

2018 Establishment of ‘the movement spot’ (Basel/CH) – a 600 m2 center for movement, education and hip-hop arts (Co-Founder, Co-Director)

 

In my own words…

“Throughout my journey, I had many injuries, surgeries, and personal crises. As a young person, I was initially only encouraged to pursue an academic career, which alienated me from my talents and passions. My unconventional path as a dancer, creator, and student of life has been shaped by many external and internal obstacles, as well as numerous physical and psychological setbacks. Today, I look back with gratitude on past lows and difficulties. They made me grow, gain insights, and (re)connect with the magic of life. Essentially, my work and life is about cultivating and sharing a spirit of continuous learning, and awakening a sense of magic and inspiration in people’s hearts.”

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
What is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry