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Iván-Daniel Espinosa is a Latino choreographer of Live performance based in the Olympic Peninsula. His recent multimedia dance installations exploring mycelium fungi networks, bio-sonification and mycelial bioacoustics are at the forefront of INTERSPECIES PERFORMANCE. Iván-Daniel has presented his ecology-themed artwork nationwide at venues such as the world-renowned La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City, the Seattle International Butoh Festival, Seattle ARTS IN NATURE Festival, CASCADIA NW Arts & Music Festival and numerous academic forums including the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center’s BUTOH NEXT symposium, Performática International Forum of Contemporary Dance and Movement Arts at the Universidad de las Américas in Mexico, Goddard College M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program, York (Toronto) University’s Imagining Differently: Research-Creation Practices in Urgent Times conference, and the 2021 International Federation for Theatre Research conference hosted by the National University of Ireland Galway. Iván-Daniel’s choreographic approaches to performance are highly influenced and inspired by his intensive studies of Japanese Butoh. Iván-Daniel has studied and trained with veteran Butoh artists Hiroko & Koichi Tamano, Natsu Nakajima, Keiji “Semimaru” Morita and Dai Matsuoka of the world-renowned Butoh dance troupe SANKAI JUKU, Eiko Otake of Eiko & Koma, Diego Piñón, Seattle Butoh pioneer Joan Laage and Sheri Brown. He frequently collaborates with avant-garde musicians and electroacoustic sound artists, as well as with mycologists and art-makers of various mediums, to create sensorially immersive environments. Iván-Daniel holds a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU).
"WOMB OF MA." Directed & choreographed by Iván-Daniel Espinosa. 2019. Photo by Delaney Madalinski.
"MESSENGERS DIVINOS: a meditation on space, time and impermanence." Directed & choreographed by Iván-Daniel Espinosa. 2018. Photo by Delaney Madalinski