Marcela Santander Corvalán, lives and works in France since 2009. Performer, choreographer, artistic collaborator and investigator in different dance and performance contexts. Since always she has been interested in creating knowledge exchange bridges and ways of working between artists and spaces in Europe and Latinamerica.
Her main interest relies on history, the construction and deconstruction of our personal and collective histories. Her work is focused overall on the urgency of inventing new fictional narratives through the body, in creating more sensitive knowledges, practices and relationships, and in making an effort to open to listening to other human and non-human cosmovisions, visible and invisible.
She studied dance in the Scuola d’Arte Dramatica Paolo Grassi in Milan (Italy) and contemporary dance in the CNDC d’Angers (France).
In parallel to her dance formation, she studied History in the University of Trento and obtained her bachelor in dance in the University Paris-8.
Since 2011 she works as a performer, dancer and collaborator with choreographers Dominique Brun, Faustin Linyekula, Julie Nioche, Ana Rita Teodoro, Volmir Cordeiro, Mickaël Phelippeau, Mylène Benoît, among others.
In 2015 she participated with a scholarship from the Danceweb program, in the festival Impulstanz in Vienna. That same year she co-created with the brasilian dancer and choreographer Volmir Cordeiro de piece Époque. In 2016 she created her first solo, Disparue. In 2017 she made a new co-creation, MASH with the italian choreographer Annamaria Ajmone, her last piece is Quietos (Still) created in november of 2019.
Between 2014 and 2017 she is associated artist-performer in the National Quartz Theatre of Brest, France, this invitation offers a field for experimentation and production to develop her first pieces. From september 2020 until june 2023 she is an associated artist at Manufacture CDCN in Bordeaux, France.