Elena finished her choreography studies at the Institut del Teatre in 2014. She attended a 1-year programme with Compagnia Zappalà Danza in Italy and concluded her academic studies on the Postgraduate Program at the London Contemporary Dance School.
She has worked as a freelance dancer with Giovane Compagnia Zappalà (Sicilia), Olatz de Andrés, Danae Morfoniou and Pere Faura. Since 2016 she has worked with Catalina Carrasco in the performance CROTCH, with Zero en Conducta on their next show “Eh man éh” and with Tilted Productions.
She is also a member of LEMA, a collective created in 2015. The group were resident artists at La Caldera (Barcelona) for 1.5 years where they created the piece “Cúmul” which premiered in Hiroshima (2017). Moreover, she has other personal projects where live music and movement are combined such as; Duo Latorraca Lalucat or IMPRO with Donallop (Mallorca).
Elena won the third prize of the Vic’s Choreographic Contest 2016 with LEMA and the first prize of Art Jove/ Mallorca’s Choreographic Contest 2015 with her solo “Caching Air”.
How did you come to be a performer?
I have never been really conscious of this choice. Even when I was studying dance I didn’t think that I would be a performer. It wasn’t until last year that I found myself working with three different companies and surprising myself that I was able to live on dance.
How do you feel when you perform?
I feel present. Embodiment, as if my skin was different. Just being. I feel committed to whatever I am doing.
What is your earliest memory?
It’s probably not my first memory, but a memory triggered by an old video. It’s me, with about 5 or 6 years old, jumping and rolling up and over the sofa. Just kind of throwing myself towards the cushions and having a big smile on my face. There is some classical music playing on the background. It seems that I’m just discovering a whole new world and enjoying it very much.
How does performing outside feel compared to inside?
Outside there is no mask, there is no trick, you are exposed not only to the eyes watching the performance but to whoever is walking down the street. It’s fresh, it’s raw. I like to think that in the theatre you can achieve the same honesty and “nudity” as outdoors, but it feels certainly more sheltered. Seeking refuge in the stablished structure (or rules) of the theatre; black box, lights, seats, silence…
If you weren’t a performer, what would you like to do?
I enjoy a lot teaching to non professional adults. I like being able to transmit what movement is to me and how I relate to it. How being more engaged with your body can change how you perceive your surrounding. But I’m not sure if I would like just to teach… maybe I would be very happy in an old house in the middle of nowhere, growing some vegetables and lighting a fire every night… I really don’t know how my life would be if it wasn’t this one.
What do you like to do on your day off?
I like hiking. Being away from the city and enjoying nature with the ones I love. I like to go to the beach even if it’s winter, I like hanging out with my friends in the most peculiar bar in Barcelona, but if it’s my first day off in a while… there’s nothing more important than doing nothing.