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Rooted Dance Maker

Javier Vaquero (Toledo, 1984) graduated as a dancer from Codarts Rotterdam in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a performer and collaborator with many different choreographers. During this time, he has also developed his career as a dancemaker, presenting his choreographies Danzas Primitivas, El Plumero, Mover el cuerpo con palabras, Rojo Pandereta, De lo invisible y lo innombrable, among others, in Europe and Latin America.  

For over 8 years he has developed his work as a dance teacher at different universities, institutions and private schools. During the four years he lived in Peru and Colombia, he was a permanent staff member at the Performing Arts Departments of three universities. Upon returning to Spain in 2017, he continued to give workshops and regular classes. 

In addition, Javier has experience directing and managing dance spaces (Espacio Práctico, in Barcelona from 2010 until 2011; La Poderosa, also in Barcelona, in 2012) and en 2014 he created the “Conversations about Contemporary Dance” series at the CCE (Centro Cultural de España) in Lima, Peru, which he published as a book titled “Cuerpo Achorados”. In 2019 he began to develop his ongoing project “El Plumero” that works around dissident gender expressions through dance and digital communication, which he continues to direct.

Since 2018 he has been very involved in LGBTIQ+ activism, with a special focus on the relationship between body and performativity. He co-directs the digital campaign #stopplumofobia and has taken part in the Red Levadura (digital activists) network,  creating campaigns such as “Orgullo Hetero” (“Hetero Pride”) for Pride  2020.