João Costa Espinho was born in Espinho, Portugal, in 1979. He is a dancer, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist, particularly interested in establishing relations between art and science.
He develops his work between Paris and Porto. He began his dance studies with Conchita Ramirez with the teaching program of the Royal Academy of Dance, and later joined the Research and Choreographic Creation Course of the Forum Dança 2003/2004.
At the same time, João Costa Espinho carried out scientific studies, completed by a master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Porto – Erasmus Student in Paris Descartes University/ Sorbonne Paris Cité.
As a dancer, performer or choreographer, he collaborated with many choreographers, including Né Barros and Isabel Barros, Nigel Charnock, Joclécio Azevedo, Alberto Magno, Ana Figueira, Pedro Carvalho, Mathilde Monnier, Rui Horta, Javier de Frutus, Jamie Watton, Jaro Vinarsky, Peter Bebjack , Juraj Korec, Vera Mantero, Ana Borges, Joana Antunes, Bruno Listopad, Yves Noel Genod, Mariana Tengner Barros, Abrahan Hurtado, Davis Freeman, Meg Stuart and Benoît Lachambre, among others.
The beginning of his choreographic work dates back to 1997 with the choreography "Vivências" for Companhia de Dança de Aveiro, and later in 1999, with "7 dias e uma semana …" at the Municipal Theater of Porto-Rivoli.
He participated as a guest choreographer at the Capitals-Encounters Acarte 2003 of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, where he presented the piece "Meeting Room".
Subsequently, are part of his creations: "Lilly 03" (2003); "EUS" (2004); "Peter 05" (2005); "Jo and Jo" (2007) and "Simon 06.07.08.09" (2009), presented at the Shorttheater Festival in Rome; "Anticorpo" (2009), solo created to the Culturgest Foundation, "Esboço" (2011) and "Monte" (2012), creation with the Community in the context of Guimarães 2012-European Capital of Culture.
Represented Portugal in the area of dance at the Biennial of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean – Puglia 2008 and in Répèrages Danse à Lille in 2010 with the piece "Anticorpo".
His most recent creations include "La Vie" (2014), "Je t'aime" (2016), duet presented at La Maison du Portugal – André de Gouveia in Paris, as well as "rEvolution" (2016).
His work has been presented internationally, in addition to Portugal and France, in England, Turkey, Belgium, Brazil, Kosovo, Spain, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg and United States of America.
It received the prizes “Independent production” – 2005 from NEC – Núcleo de Experimentação Coreográfica of the city of Porto and the selection to “Jovens Criadores 2006” with the piece "Swap", creation in collaboration with the digital artists Rudolfo Quintas and Tiago Díonisio.
After an initial classical formation, João Costa Espinho soon became interested in replacing dance in the field of experimentation and the Human, in addition to any formal consideration.
Permeable to the unexpected, to the present context, their choreographies are moments of sharing, within a community whose contours vary, from the dancers involved, but also the spectators, the space in a shared vibration. His projects are built with input from the participants. Some take a definitive form, others continue to evolve in each presentation.
This permeability is found in the field of João's current artistic interests; his work is multidisciplinary, in relation to dance, image, drawing. Influenced by science, as a tool to think the relation of the human being to the world and the cosmos. His notion of "molecular dance" accurately reflects this continuum shared between the bodies of the dancers, their viewers, and the context.
This notion allowed João to gradually invest in drawing and photography as other artistic mediums although in resonance with dance.
On another level, this sharing is found on the platform of meetings initiated by João with his Salabranca Lab, whose "Petit Festival" or "Danço Festival" organized intermittently since 2010, allows artists of all disciplines to present, reflect and experiment their creations, with or without public, in different contexts.