Country : Spain

(UN)COMMON SPACES Emerging artist

The collective BIG BOUNCERS, composed of Anna Rubirola, Cecilia Colacrai & Mireia de Querol, have an extensive career both as solo artists and as collaborators with other artists, as well as in teaching dance.

In 2015, the collective was awarded the Premi Sebastià Gasch, Aplaudiment a la creació emergent, FAD award for emerging artists for their performance BIG BOUNCE. Their piece O.V.N.I. was nominated for Awards of the critics of performing arts (Catalunya) 2018 as the best national dance piece. In 2019 the theater Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona) invites Big Bouncers to present some of their works and other works of artists related to the collective within the frame of a Constellation in their program. 

The three founding members started working together in may 2012, sharing their interests and developing a common practice with the wish of investigating and deepening their knowledge in the new scenic languages and generating their own work methodology. Since the beginning, their work has been developing and articulating around three main lines of action: creation of pieces for stage, creation of “site specific” performances for non-conventional spaces and pedagogy. Their interest and the trigger for collective work lies in the body and the possibilities it has to offer, allowing themselves to cross the borders of dance in order to understand all the elements that intervene on the scene (set design, lights, sound, objects, spoken word…) and treat them with the same parameters. 

The Big Bouncers generate a specific practice for each project, which allows them to discover a distinct physical vocabulary, adequate for the proposal. Their performances try to invite without imposing and suggest without limiting the spectator’s imagery. Until now, they have crated pieces, such as Big Bounce (2013), Big Bounce Site Specific (2013), Doppelgänger (2014), I see a spider on the wall (2014), O.V.N.I. (2017), Acte Reflex (2018) and Jungla (2018) and If we were alone in the universe that would be a great waist of space (2019). In 2023 they premiere the piece PLATA a collective work for urban spaces of transit. 

The work of the Big Bouncers collective has been presented in different venues and festivals, such as Mercat dels Flors theatre, Festival Salmon, Festival El Més Petit de Tots, Fira de Tàrrega festival, La Pedrera Foundation, MACBA, National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia, Festival Sismògraf, Teatre Principal of Mallorca, Convent dels Arts d’Alcover, Antic Teatre, Festival Grec, La Caldera, El Graner, among others. In recent years, the collective has also participated in various other activities, such as Project Of pedagogic and artistic tools for teachers, primary schools and kindergartens, organized by GRANER 2019-2020. First edition of Motors of creation a conference on creation organised by the Association of Dance Professionals (APDC) at the CCCB (Barcelona); the In Residency 2018 project, carried out in the Moisès Broggi Secondary School and promoted by the Culture Institute of Barcelona (ICUB) and the Consortium of Educa-tion of Barcelona (CEB); they transmitted the Big Bounce performance to the students of Institut del Teatre Barcelona as a part of the subject Repertory II; they give workshops on tools for creation and dance workshops for families in different venues in Barcelona and surroundings. 

The Big Bouncers regularly collaborate with other artists and professionals that contribute to the growth of their various projects: Urša Sekirnik, Joana Serra, Oriol Roca, María Ale-jandre, Anna Bohigas, Tristán Pérez Martín, Pablo Mo Ramírez, Anna Boix, Laia Montoya, Imma Romero and Yolanda Toledano.