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Dancer/Performer & Maker/Choreographer/Creator

Born in Colombia, Alexander Carrillo is a Berlin base artist. He studied Contemporary Dance at the Academy of Arts of Bogotá (Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota – Colombia). In 2007, Carrillo moved to Europe to pursue his studies in Dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany and at the “ArtEZ-Hogeschool voor de Kunsten” in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Throughout his professional career, Carrillo has worked for celebrated international choreographers and dance companies, including Charles Vodoz, Tino Fernandez, Carlos Maria, Cie. Toula Limnaios, Theater Der Klänge, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Jerome Bell, Mark Sieczkerek, Henrieta Horn, Reinhard Schiele, Malou Airaudo, and Rodolpho Leoni. He performed “In the Pretty Boys Mouth” with the Fors Works Company of Denmark, co-directed an interactive piece with Venezuelan dancer Veronica Santiago, and a dance-video performance “Dystopia Visual” with the Art Collective Estereotips.

Eager to express himself creatively, Carrillo has been leading his own artistic research. By exploring the concept of “The Ugly” and “The Role of the Audience in Performing Arts” through the creation of “games”, which disrupt the physical and emotional state of participants, along with their critical perspectives. For this purpose, Carrillo has been creating performances and art installations, also collaborating with artists from other disciplines: musicians, actors, painters, and dancers.

Furthermore, as a native of Latin America, Carrillo is also always furthering his knowledge of his culture and roots in order to integrate them in the most authentic way in his body of work: Tradition and native customs in South America, and how they influence contemporary western societies and cultures.

Currently in 2014 has created a performative solo “Human Intermittent: A Journey”, choosed in an International competition in Poland. Performed for Marina Abramovic in Beyeler Museum, Stella Zannou in Berlin and with the artists Allora & Calzadilla being part in the Art Basel 2014. Since 2009, Carrillo has been running the “DASEIN” project, which focuses on human creativity and the ability to live the present moment, through series of site-specific improvisations, involving the audience in spontaneous and participative ways. In 2012, Carrillo launched the “DREIZIG Festival” in Berlin to showcase the work of artists in their thirties from different disciplines, celebrating collectively 30 years of art and life.