JAVIER CÁRCEL HIDALGO - SAAVEDRA
Javier is a performance maker, actor, director, and singer born in 1990 in Valencia, Spain.
His practice plays with storytelling, the exploration of living sound and alive singing, dramaturgical burning territories, the grotesque, irony, and the research on organic physical action, voice, and movement. His work navigates between tradition and contemporary artistic expression. As a researcher, he is fascinated by the potential of performance as a means to cultivate tools for developing the performer’s craft through presence, immediacy, and self-awareness in relation to “the other”, be it the audience, the fellow performers, a given context, or the world in constant change inside and around him.
After graduating in 2010 from the International Laboratory of the Actor in Motion in Valencia (Spain), directed by Olga Peris, he began his professional career as an actor in Hamlet, retrato de Familia, directed by Ximo Flores, a production by Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana.
At the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona he studied a B.A. in Acting and Theatre Studies, specializing in Physical Theatre (2010-2014). He worked in Barcelona as an actor, singer and dancer in Alarma Nuclear: Un drama Familiar! by the company La Palpebra; Fuenteovejuna: Breve tratado sobre las ovejas domésticas, by the company Obskené; Tu vas Tomber, by the physical theatre company Moveo (Winner of the public award in the Festival Internacional de Danza de Huesca 2016); Flying Pigs, by the choreographer Eulalia Bergadà; En Construcción 2, by Amalia Fernández, and Personne, by the choreographer Andrés Corchero (National Dance Award of Catalonia 2003).
His artistic research lead him to continue training with theatre, dance, and singing specialists such as LosCorderos.sc, Stèphane Levy, Gey Pin Ang, Milòn Mela, Pere Sais, Teatr ZAR, Natalka Polovynka, Matej Matejka, Carlota Subirós, Andrés Corchero, Alejandro Tomas Rodriguez and Thomas Richards.
In 2016 he was invited by Thomas Richards to join The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards – National Theater / Teatro Della Toscana, where for six years under the direction of Thomas Richards, he developed his craft as an actor, singer, director, and performance creator.
At the Workcenter he delved into the praxis of the performing arts research initiated by the Polish theater master Jerzy Grotowski based on ancient songs of tradition and theatre, that Thomas Richards developed after Grotowski's death.
He performed with The Workcenter in Europe and Latin America as an actor and singer in Sin Fronteras, The Underground, and Songs of Tradition.
Currently, he is studying the Master of Arts (MA) - Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (2022-2024).
He is directing and co-writing It's all Lies, a monologue by and with the Brazilian actor and musician Gabriel Coupé.
From 2015 to the present he teaches workshops for different schools, universities, theater companies, and independent professionals in Spain, France, Italy, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and U.S.A.