BLANCA LI

THE BEWITCHING ENIGMA

WRITTEN BY GERRARD CARTER
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BLANCA, HER NAME ITSELF COULD PERHAPS REPRESENT A WHITE CANVAS, OPEN TO A MULTITUDE OF COLOURS, TEXTURES, DIVERSE ELEMENTS AND PAINTS THAT SHOWCASE HER AUTHENTIC ESSENCE: EXISTING AS PURE ART.

A multifaceted talent, there are simply too many sides to Blanca Li to fully encapsulate her unending brilliance. She is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and director who possesses an incessant energy to extend her dexterous touch to all forms of creativity and artistry. Blanca, her name itself could perhaps represent a white canvas, open to a multitude of colours, textures, diverse elements and paints that showcase her authentic essence: existing as pure art.

Blanca’s broad spectrum of work includes collaborations with the likes of academy award wining directors and screenwriters Pedro Almodovar and Michel Gondry to providing choreography for music artists Beyoncé, Daft Punk, and Paul McCartney. She has worked with numerous fashion designers including Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix and has also created ballets for such prominent companies as the Paris Opera Ballet, BerlinBallett-Komische Oper and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. All this while simultaneously performing the role of producer and director of the Blanca Li Dance Company which is one of the most successful independent companies in France, touring across the world for more than two decades.

Dividing her time between Europe and the United States, this Spaniard is truly a citizen of the world. I was very fortunate to catch her in between flights and be offered a glimpse into her extraordinary life. We met briefly for a coffee on a beautiful Parisian morning at Place de Clichy. I first asked Blanca what was it about dance and movement that intrigued her? “I have always been fascinated by movement and dance since I was very little. When I would see someone dancing, I was always overtaken by the power and what it meant to move. dance is special to me. It’s a way to express myself through movement that I may not be able to express in words. It’s my way of talking”.

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