Xavier Bobés (Barcelona, 1977) defines himself as a self-taught actor, artist, object manipulator and stage creator. For more than a decade he has explored the poetics of the everyday objects around us, and the symbolic and theatrical content of everything that is apparently banal. In his performances, he works with lighting and audiovisual elements, whilst music also plays an important role. Moreover, he is also interested in the triple artistic dimension of creation, testing and teaching.
In 2003, he founded the Playground company, with which he has created and presented five shows: Monstres (since 2012), presented as a work in progress at the TNT festival in Terrassa, in an art residency in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina and at Mas Espolla centre of the Animal a l’Esquena de Celrà art factory (Girona); Insomni (2011), premiered at the Temporada Alta Festival; A taula (2009) presented at the Teatre Lliure (Barcelona) and the Die Schaubude theatre (Berlin); El rei de la soledat (2007), premiered at the Neo Festival (Barcelona) and the Mercè Cultural Centre (Girona); Duet (2006), first performed at the Escena Abierta Festival in Burgos; and El cap als núvols, which was awarded a KRTU grant in 2003 and received the Sebastià Gasch FAD Prize in 2005.
Xavier Bobés’s shows have been presented all over Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Morocco, Lebanon, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, among other countries.
Bobés has also created a number of audiovisual installations and exhibitions, including, particularly, Radiografia, presented in Sala 15 at La Garrotxa County Museum (Olot), and La memòria dels objectes, at the Sala Bòlit d’Art Contemporani in Girona.
Biography written in 2013