|OCTAVIO CAMPOS - BIOGRAPHY|
Octavio Campos is a Miami born Cuban-American dance theater artist.|
He has been collaborating as a dancer, performance provocateur, arts advocate, GLBTQ activist, educator and choreographer in theater, dance, music, opera, circus, cabaret, television, film and the visual arts arenas for the past 30 years, with over 100 professional credits.
He studied dance and composition at the State University of New York at Purchase, Martha Graham School, Folkwang Schule of Pina Bausch and Lincoln Center Director's Lab.
He has created original works and performed in theaters and opera houses throughout Europe, Australia, North and South America. He has collaborated within the works of Robert Wilson, Birgitta Trommler, Philip Glass, Jorge Guerra, Los Carpinteros, Honeygunlabs, Vivienne Newport, Stephanie Ansin, CircX , Pioneer Winter and Rosie Herrera. Campos has received countless awards and grants namely at the Berliner Theater Treffen, Miami Choreographers Fellow (2006, 2009, 2011), State of Florida Interdisciplinary Arts Fellow, Creative Capital Fellow, and a MasterMind Genius Award.
He has given master classes and workshops worldwide, notably at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Catholic University Belgium, Centro Cultural Lima, Pontificia Universidad Catholica Peru, Dance Space, Tanzfabrik, KlapStuk, Frankfurt Schule de Darstellender Kunst, The Theater Offensive, St. Petersburg Music Hall Russia, Broward Correctional Institute for Women Florida, Young Arts, and New World School of the Arts. As a commercial artist and producer he has been commissioned to create and perform for many fortune 500 company's, namely: Discovery Channel, Heineken, Cirque du Solei, Bacardi, NFL, International Olympic Committee,
MySpace Latino, Merck, Mercy Hospital, Shell, Ferrari, Def Jam Records, SpiegelWorld and Donald Trump.
Upon his return to Miami in 2002 from an extensive performance career in Germany, Campos founded the interdisciplinary performance ensemble, Camposition and was an artist in residence at the Miami Performing Arts Center and choreographed the inaugural performance for the experimental Black Box theater - Upwake by Natasha Tsakos. His work has been presented and supported by Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Council, Arsht Center, Miami Dade College, Miami Foundation, City of Miami Beach, Florida Arts Council, Florida Dance Festival, Miami Light Project, Miami Beach Cinemateque, Miami International Film Festival, Tigertail Productions, HERE, PS 122, Dixon Place, Diverse Works, Highways, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, Melbourne Festival, Abbotsford Convent, Punctum, The Field, National Performance Network, Kennedy Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Currently he is Resident artist and at Miami Theater Center, Producer of the award winning SandBox Series - a platform for artists creating new work, a collaborator on the PBS documentary series West Encounters East and a Spring 2013 Artist in Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
I push the boundary between all the performative interdisciplinary containers surrounding me , constantly, even in my dreams. I am negotiating a feeling of deep responsibility to my world by responding actively through my work using interactivity, movement, humor, mise-en-scene and social phenomenon. Organizing those states become the universal connector that charge my process which has become more about inspiring the human condition, finding balance and enjoying the freedoms that strict boundaries permit.|
The EXPERIENCES I accept now must question my own presumptions and help me rethink peoples assumptions.
The PERFORMANCES I create will be about issues that matter in really profound ways in a world in which nothing of consequence seems to matter anymore.
The QUESTIONS I raise in my work will create a rich conversation about how we live with one another generating interesting ideas we can bring into our daily lives, inspiring the ACTIONIST that lives within each of us to create a catalyst for social change.
Miami, FL (USA)
March 11, 2013