BIDE is a platform for networking and exchange for dancers, choreographers and performers. We provide a space for artists to meet and work together, to research and develop material, to do tryouts and perform, and to find new inspirations and collaborations for artistic work. BIDE hosts one annual event each spring in Barcelona, plus satellite events and artists residencies throughout the summer in Europe. Applicants for BIDE should have professional experience and a strong interest in contemporary dance.
During the annual event of BIDE, we will work in a structure of laboratories. Participants can propose to facilitate or co-facilitate a laboratory of the theme of their interest. Each day there will be 3-6 laboratories for people to choose from. Each evening there will be a showing or a performance, where we come together to exchange what has happened during the day.
The BIDE artist residencies are open for all the participants of the annual event. During the event, artists interested in continuing collaboration together, can apply for the residencies.
The aim of BIDE is to offer a structure that supports creative work to happen and share information in a non-hierarchic way. BIDE aims to support the sharing of information and experience as well as the methods to do so - thus, we emphasize a curious attitude towards working in laboratories and finding ways to develop such collaboration structures.
BIDE welcomes only professional artists. We focus on dancers, choreographers and performing artists but invite also musicians working with dance. We have a limited space for students in the field of contemporary dance. There is also a limited possibility for scholarships through our partners.
Take a look at our photos and videos in the media section or videos on YouTube from BIDE 2009-2014, and browse through our website to read more about our events! You can also find BIDE in Facebook with interesting news.
SEBASTIÁN GARCÍA FERRO is an Argentinian choreographer, dancer, director and composer, resident in Barcelona since 2005. Sebastian García Ferro has dedicated more than 19 years to the performing arts as a choreographer, dancer, performer, director and musician.
He has worked in and premiered 18 pieces of contemporary dance, having been awarded different prizes including the Mercat de les Flors Tot Dansa Award in 2011, IMEB and Institut del Teatre, 1st Prize at Masdanza (2007) and 2nd Prize at the Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid (2006) with his piece “Back”, 3rd Prize at Salt (2006) with “On Your Mark”, as well as 10 theatre pieces and over 20 performances and installations, both as an individual creator and with different companies from South America and Europe.
He has received support, co-production and funding for his work from the following platforms and institutions in Catalunya: Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona (OBC), L´Estruch de Sabadell, Antic Teatre, Escena Poblenou, Centre Civic Barceloneta, La Caldera, Dies de Dansa, Area Espai de Dansa i Creació, Associació de Professionals de la Dansa de Catalunya (APdC),I.C.U.B., C.O.N.C.A., Mercat de les Flors, etc.
He has studied Contemporary Dance and Composition with Cristina Bosso, Gustavo Lezgart and Diana Szeimblum in Argentina and with Jordi Vidal, Ted Stoffer, Roberto Olivan, David Hernández and Martin Kilvady in Europe, Contact Improvisation with Andrew Harwood, Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Cathy Caraker among others, Theatre and Mise-en-Scene with Adrián Porcel de Peralta, Néstor Romero, Guillermo Angeleli (Argentina). He has also studied Acrobatics, Martial Arts, Clown and Physical Theatre.
He has participated in different festivals in Argentina and Europe, working with different dance and theatre companies in Buenos Aires including El Resbalón, Simplemente Cisnes, No se Llama and Agrupación SrSerrano, Cie 13, Huellas, Uma Uma Dance in Europe. He has directed his own contemporary dance company since 1999, having created 21 pieces including "On your Mark", “Mandrös”, “Something Out”, “Modified”, “Back”, “Tancat Attitude” , “Afternoon Shining”, “Travellers” , “Almost first, Almost last”, “Nada”, “Colapsar”, “Behind the Endings”, “Impasse #2”, “Territorio”, “Resonant”, “Brushed Noise”. He currently resides in Barcelona.
In 2012 he received the following commissions:
Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea de Argentina with the piece Versus 0.2 premiered at the Teatro Nacional Cervantes in October 2012.
Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona with the piece Orquestra’t, premiered in February 2012, rerun in November 2012 and through 2013/14.
Auditori with the staging of La Nit del Auditori 12/13, opening the season with over 300 artists on stage
TOTDANSA Project in 2013 with Vacio y Multitud, a piece for 250 adolescent dancers, premiered at the Mercat de les Flors
In 2013 he received the following commissions:
Impasse #2 - Co-production for the Mercat de les Flors, Modul Dance Europe and the Hellerau Tanz Center Dresden, premiered at the Salmon Festival in October 2013. Currently on tour.
TOTS DANSEN social dance project produced by Xarxa Transversal, Institut del Teatre and Mercat de les Flors in 3 towns in Catalunya with 600 adolescent dancers:
La Nit del Auditor 13/14 opening the season of the Auditori de Barcelona with over 300 artists on stage and live transmission by TV3
BCN_MTL Project, co-produced by La Caldera (Barcelona) and Circuit Est (Montreal) premiered at the Festival Grec 2013
TERRITORIO, improvisational piece together with Vanina Goldstein and Quio Binetti, co-produced by La Caldera, nunArt, Institut Ramon Llull (Barcelona), Espacio Pata de Ganso and Universidad de Palermo (Buenos Aires).
ORQUESTRA’T second rerun of 10 performances at the Auditori de Barcelona together with the Orquesta Sinfonica (OBC)
In 2014 he created the following pieces:
BRUSHED NOISE co-produced by la Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea de Argentina (CNDC), La Caldera, La Piconera, nunArt and OSIC. Contemporary dance solo created for Pablo Fermani, soloist at the CNDC. Premiered at the FIDIC International Festival in Buenos Aires in September 2014. Currently on tour.
ORQUESTRA’T third rerun of 10 performances at the Auditori de Barcelona together with the Orquesta Sinfonica (OBC)
RESONANT co-produced by La Caldera, La Piconera, Centre Civic Drassanes, Barcelona International Dance Exchange, Festival de Ibiza and OSIC. Contemporary dance piece with real time compositional mechanism for six dancers and one musician. Premiere at the International Meeting Point, La Caldera in September. Currently on tour.
DCSL co-produced by Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosi, Mexico and the Compañía Joven de Folklore de San Luis Potosi. Premiere February 2015.
He has been invited to over 16 creative residences and commissions in Europe over the last seven years, including Kampnagel – K3 (Hamburg), The Bluecoat (Liverpool), Rosas P.a.r.t.s – a summer studio Project by Anne Teresa de Keesmaker, Le Bain Connective (Brussels), Rui Horta’s Espaço do Tempo (Portugal), TanzHaus Nwr (Dusseldorf), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), La Caldera (Barcelona), El Graner (Barcelona),Teatro La Fundición (Bilbao), Hellerau Tanz Center (Dresden) , Cal L´Estruch (Barcelona)
He is the artistic director of the Barcelona International Dance Exchange (B.I.D.E.), a platform for professional choreographers, dancers and performers.: www.bide.be, supported by La Caldera, Associació de Professionals de la Dansa de Catalunya (APdC), TragantDansa, Area Espai de Dansa i Creacio, Centre Civic Barceloneta, Mercat de les Flors, Institut de Cultura del Ajuntament de Barcelona (I.C.U.B.), Consell de les Arts y la Cultura (C.O.N.C.A.), Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid, North Karelia College of Finland – Outokumpu – Finland, Master’s Studies of Contemporary Dance Pedagogy in the University of Music and Performing Arts – Frankfurt – Germany, Contact meets Contemporary Festival – Germany
He has also composed the original music for more than 44 dance and theatre as well as for installations, shorts films and television programmes. The combination of theatrical and , chorographic creation together with music and soundscapes has always formed part of his work. Dance, physical and visual theatre, video and soundscapes make regular appearances in his work, extending out into experimentation and research through the combination of different disciplines. He is also interested in new channels of distribution, including his spaces at Soundcloud and YouTube, having received over 140,000 views of his videos in 2014.
He has taught Composition, Contemporary Dance and Contact Improvisation since 1997 in an assortment of dance studios, festivals and theatre schools in Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Finland, UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Cyprus and Belgium at spaces including TanzHaus Nwr (Dusseldorf), K3 (Hamburg), Blue coat (Liverpool), Forum Dansa, C.E.M. (Lisbon), La Caldera, Tragantdansa (Barcelona), Estudio 3 (Madrid), Centro Parraga (Murcia), etc.
Artist in residence at La Caldera, Barcelona
Artistic team member at the Auditori de Barcelona
Composer in residence at the Fundació Phonos , Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
Secretary of the Asociación de Profesionales de la Danza de CatalunyaMore about Sebastian García Ferro at La Caldera