Guillermo Vidal Ribas
Born in Barcelona in 1988, he broke into performing arts attending his first acting class at the age of eight. His passion for music led him to dance soon afterwards. Since then, he has been continuously studying both arts, always moved by an inquisitive impulse to find the connections between both arts and their interspaces.
He is a specialist in street dances and recognized as one of the principal representatives of this discipline in Spain. He was firstly trained by national masters like Hector “Hope” Lechón or Juan Carlos Valls “Kanga”, and afterwards by national street dance pioneers and international masters like Poppin’Pete, Don Campbell, Locking Khan, Richie Rich, Anthony Thomas, Brian Green, Buddha Stretch, Hiro, P-Lock, Jimmy Soul, Gemini, Jazzy J, Mr. Wiggles, Shannon Wichway, Du Lock, Locker Mong, Kite and many others. He complemented his background by studying contemporary dance, modern jazz, butoh, contact-improvisation and creative movement, among other disciplines.
Similarly, his acting traineeship is plural as well: Stanislavski, Michael Chejov, Jacques Lecoq, Étienne Decroux, commedia dell’arte, clown and masks theatre influenced his evolution and work. Lately, he has been focused on exploring voice trainning and singing.
He started teaching in some of the most important street dance schools in the area of Barcelona (Varium, Escola Sant Cugat, Tribu Urbana, etc.), but he promptly started being invited to give workshops and masterclasses around Spain, Italy and Israel. His common subject areas are street dance, dance-theatre, scenic movement, movement improvisation, and acting for dancers. His pedagogy is holistic: among other things, it combines different movement techniques, acting, musicology, bodily and space awareness, and theoretical and practical approaches to performance and staging… looking forward to foster students’ creativity, consciousness and critical spirit to engender a reflection process about the relations between sound and movement, bodies and space/time, performers and audience, form and content… And, in the end, trying to understand the functional and poetical relation between arts and human experience of life. One of his most successful pedagogic offers has been the workshop “Dance, Funk & Seduction: a dramatic analysis of Locking as a social dance”.
As a performer, choreographer, coach or artistic director he has been involved in almost 30 shows —theatre, dance and dance-theatre, touring in Spain, France, Germany, Romania, Mexico and Chile—, and he works as a choreographer for TV programmes and commercials.
Graduated in Humanities, he also offers conferences about Hip Hop culture and street dances. The last one, produced by the Mercat de les Flors of Barcelona, was entitled “Transmissions: a panoramic overview of Innovation in street dance history”.