David Rodriguez

Photo: Sean Martin

Born in Girona, Catalonia, David is the director of the festival Girona en Moviment. He began dancing with the local folklore group Esbart Fontcoberta de Banyoles followed by classical ballet with Maria Elvira Buck Gili. While continuing his dance studies, David graduated as a pianist from the Isaac Albéniz Conservatory and was trained in drama at El Galliner school. He studied at the Dance Conservatory of the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and a year later was accepted to the Ecole Rudra Béjart Lausanne, Switzerland. David has danced professionally with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, and Gauthier Dance Stuttgart, collaborating with choreographers such as Marco Goecke, Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman, Hofesh Shechter, Enrique Gasa Valga, Mauro Bigonzetti, Adonis Foniadakis, Natalia Horecna, Angel Rodriguez and Bridget Breiner among others. He performed in festivals across Europe and North America, including Diana Vishneva's Context Festival (Moscow), Jacob's Pillow (USA) and Holland Dance Festival, as well as in various international galas in renowned theaters such as the Mariinsky of St. Petersburg or the New York City Center.

David began choreographing for Gauthier Dance Company in 2016 with the piece "Some People" and performed his choreography “Peace, Peace, Peace!” for the Noverre Junge Choreographen at the Stuttgart Opera House. Today, he continues to choreograph most of the time with the artist Luke Prunty in Switzerland, Germany, and Catalonia. Their latest choreography is "Tongues" created for the Ballet de Barcelona, which premiered at the Teatre Condal in 2021. For the past three years, David has been living again in Lausanne, Switzerland, now as a dancer, freelance choreographer, and cultural manager. He is the coordinator of cultural projects in the Swiss Cancer League and manages the dance and health program “Dansons la vie!". David is a member of "Danse Suisse" and of the International Dance Council (CID, UNESCO). As a freelance dancer, he works on projects with international artists such as Iratxe Ansa of the Metamorphosis Dance.

David has close contact with his Catalan roots and is a member of Barcelona Global, Òmnium Cultural and the Catalan Economic Society. David founded the Girona en Moviment dance festival and has been its director since 2017. This is a festival that brings the art of dance to the province of Girona with the aim of raising funds for the fight against cancer. The festival hosts internationally renowned dancers, teachers and artists through shows, participatory workshops, conferences and galas. David is the president of the Association Cultura en Moviment, which is in charge of the artistic and cultural management of the festival in collaboration with the Fundació Oncolliga Girona.

At the academic level, David Rodriguez holds a Bachelor in Humanities and a Master in Cultural Management from the Open University of Catalonia, (2017, 2019). As a PhD candidate in CECUPS – Center for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society – he is currently conducting research on cultural diplomacy within the perspective of multilateralism and global governance, under the guidance of Prof. Arturo Rodríguez Morató and Dr. Mariano Zamorano. His academic career thus far has focused on research work in the fields of culture, art, education, and more recently cultural diplomacy and international relations, and as a result, he has participated in round tables and conferences at the University of Girona on Physical Education and culture. Further studies have focused on global governance from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and on international relations and cultural diplomacy from the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and from the Geneva School of Diplomacy. In 2019, David presented his paper “Cultural diplomacy as a social innovation trigger in arts festivals” at the ATLAS Annual Conference as well as the 16th IdentiCat seminar. His continued executive education in management, business, and leadership was with Prof. Alison Meister at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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