Art is Presence

Joana Gea

Joana Gea, born in Spain, dancer, teacher and choreographer. She studied Social Integration in Barcelona and is a member of the CID International Council, France.

She studied Oriental Dance, Traditional Ethnic Dances of the Middle East, Central Asia, Central Europe, Balkans, Giro Derviche, Romani Dances (Gypsy Dances), and Flamenco among other disciplines, such as yoga, bioenergetics, reiki and Meditation.

She studied with great masters of gypsy dances and travelled to the places of origin to establish direct contact with the Roman communities in different countries such as Turkey, India, France, Romania, Greece and her place of origin, Spain. Her perseverance drives her to seek new knowledge and she is currently continuing her training in Dance Therapy at the University of Barcelona.

Creator of several social-artistic projects for social collectives, she organized meetings, workshops and creations in collaboration with young artists.

She actively participates in the independent dance movement by teaching, creating and giving specific workshops.

She collaborated directly with the Project Gypsy Soul together with the Photographer Jordi Oliver, travelling and investigating the music, dance and traditions of the Romany People in Romania, Istanbul and the South of France, establishing direct contact with gypsy families, living and travelling with them.

She has collaborated as a soloist dancer in different Gypsy music bands, such as Fanfara Transylvania (Romania), Zíngaros (Argentina), Orchestra Octophus (Italy) and Sadko Klezmer Band (Argentina), among others.

She was a principal dancer in various projects and musical groups such as Masallah (Granada), Les Bohemiens (Mexico), Tutti Frutti (Argentina). She actively participates in activities related to Romanies dances, participating in different Events and Festivals related to Rom culture.

Some creative proposals in dance were: Stories of Idariel a work based on the legend of the Poppies, presented in Mexico and Buenos Aires with the collaboration of guest artists, and currently works with the Project Zigarian Stories which mainly disseminates some of the Romanies legends through music, theater, dance, poetry and stories. His last presentation was Once day we were birds, a dance show inspired by an ancient Russian Romani legend, in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

A great traveler and lover of other cultures, Joana dyes her dance with deep feelings with an altruistic vision creating a genuine style. She dedicates herself mainly to her project of Itinerant School Estudio Nómada Danza-Art-Cultura, organizing different cultural dance events each year, collaborating directly with other internationally renowned artists.

For years she shares her knowledge and passion for teaching in different countries such as Italy, Greece, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, performing Seminars and performances, participating in various festivals and artistic projects.

At the moment she works with more detail an own investigation on the gypsy people, their customs, traditions and art.