LAISVIE ANDREA OCHOA GAEVSKA
I am an artist interested in expanding what dance can be by breaking down barriers of participation and involving different languages. I believe in the strength of the collective and I understand art as a tool to generate positive change in society.
Laisvie Andrea Ochoa is a Colombian-Lithuanian choreographer, inclusive dance expert, and video artist. She is the leader of ConCuerpos, the pioneer inclusive dance company in Colombia where mixable dancers come together to develop artistic, educational, and research projects. She studied Psychology and a Specialization in Multimedia Creation in Colombia, and the Master in Choreography COMMA (CODARTS / Fontys) in the Netherlands. At the moment she is following the ELAP (Embodied Life Art Program), a somatic-based trajectory of 2 years. She trained in dance mainly at Danza Comun Academy in Bogota and has been a dancer there for the companies La Arenera, Tercero Excluido, Korpe, and La Gata Cirko. She also danced for the Spanish company Erre que Erre (residence 2012) and for the German choreographer Isabelle Schad (residence 2011 and 2012). Laisvie is a member of the performing arts magazine el cuerpoeSpin and she has co-written 2 books in the field of Inclusive Dance. Laisvie has worked as a choreographer and/or video artist in Colombia, Argentina, and The Netherlands. Her creative exploration is based on working from subjectivity, developing bodily intelligence from a state of listening, and finding creative freedom from the abundance of imagination. Laisvie addresses political and human issues in her works, creating multimedia performances that often involve live video projection. Currently, Laisvie is developing an artistic research on accessibility in dance, seeking to create a stage language that allows the autonomous participation of people with visual and hearing impairments as an audience. This means integrating elements such as subtitles, audio description, and Sign Language within the dramaturgy of the work with the interest to use these tools as means of expression. At the moment she moves between Colombia and the Netherlands, continuing her work with ConCuerpos, being a dance teacher and a maker.
Background, Education, and Awards:
Laisvie is trained as a dancer in techniques such as Floorwork, Release, Instant Composition, Contact Dance, Partnering and Somatics, mainly in the "Common Dance Foundation"; she taking special and permanent workshops with national and international teachers and in the Choreographic Experimentation Center project. In addition, she did an internship for 6 months in London, England on inclusive dance and has taken various workshops in cities such as London, Brussels, Barcelona (Festival Deltebre dansa 2016, 2020) and Berlin. In the Specialization in Multimedia Creation she began her first works using live video projection and in the Master's Degree in Choreography she integrated her explorations on multimedia to investigate female power.
She began making video dances in 2007 and in 2013 she was the winner of the Video Art Circulation Award, granted by the District Institute of the Arts of Bogotá, IDARTES. In 2011 she was the winner of the VideoMovimiento Festival in Colombia and has received honorable mentions from said festival in 2014, 2013 and 2009. Her video dances have been selected at international festivals such as FORM in Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Proyector 13 (Spain), Breaking 8 (Italy) and VARTEX (Medellín, Colombia).
As director of ConCuerpos, he has received the recognitions: "Award for Cultural and Artistic Organizations of and for People with Disabilities" from the Ministry of Culture in 2012 and in 2015 the "Dance Creation Scholarship" from the same entity . Also the "Fulbright Specialist" support, the residency at La factory LÉxplose in 2014, the "Body and Memory of Dance Research Scholarship" 2017 from the Ministry of Culture, the "Bogotá Diversa Scholarship for Social Sectors" 2018 from Idartes and the Idartes "City of Bogotá Creation Scholarship" in 2019.
Work Portfolio 2017