Rebeca Fernandez Lopez, co-artistic director

Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer, Voice Over Artist, Workshop Facilitator

Rebeca, the other half of the artistic directors’ team, works internationally as a practitioner and performer in dance, theatre, film and TV. She is responsible for all of Bottlefed’s choreography and movement work and is part of the ensemble with which she has toured and performed across the UK, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. Additionally to that, she creates Bottlefed’s promotional films and digital material, often in collaboration with other filmmakers & photographers. Spanish at heart, she was raised in Zurich, Switzerland, where she danced through her entire youth and trained at Arena 225 working with choreographers such as Grazia Covre, Christine Fausch and Nathalie Delley. She then moved to the UK to study performing arts major dance at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, working with dance artists such as Mary Prestidge, Evelyn Jamieson (Random Dance), Lizzi Perry (Motionhouse) and Jacqueline Jones (Ballet Rambert), from where she graduated in 2003. After that, she based herself in London until 2012, which will see her move to Madrid, Spain.

Professional development
2011 • Professional Tango training, Academia Nacional de Tango, Bs As – Liliana Torres Calivar
2011 • Reiki training I, Alexandria Healing Centre, London
2010 • Moaiku Seminar ‘Caring for yourself & caring for others’, Merete Holm Brantbjerg
2010 • CPD Seminar ‘Trauma and the Body: An introduction to Trauma Work’, Tom Warnecke
2008 • INSTED International directors training and network as part of ITS Festival, Amsterdam
2007 • Advanced course in Contact Improvisation, Andrew Harwood, Moving Arts Base, London
2007 • “Artists in Schools training”, Prof. Anne Bamford, University of the Arts London
2006 • “Dance in Criminal Justice Term Ten” training, Dance United, London
2006 • International Acting-Directing Laboratory, Bologna (Direction: Sergey Ostrenko)
2005 • Fight choreography/contact improvisation, Young Blood Company & Stan Won’t Dance
2004 • TV/Video production, Thames Valley University, London

Choreography credits
• Pure Pleasure Seekers (Bottlefed & Tuchlaube Aarau, 2011)
• Let’s Play (Tuchlaube, Stapferhaus, Bottlefed – Aarau, 2011)
• Meet Me Far From Gravity (CAP, Bottlefed & Audiences London, 2011)
• Der Schachspieler (Bottlefed & Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchatel, 2010)
• Hold Me Until You Break, Conceptual Improvs 08, Return to Reason, Camille (all Bottlefed)
• A Star for a Night 2005-2011 (Reigate&Banstead Council, The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill)
• Planet Steps 08-10 (Wisemoves Dance Company)
• Dance Synergy (Chisenhale Dance Space)
• Seussical the Musical (Royal&Derngate Theatres, Northampton)
• The Rules of War (Eton College Theatre Festival)
• Return&Discover (Royal&Derngate Theatres, Northampton)
• A Clockwork Orange (Farrer Theatre, Eton)
• West Side Story (Cambridge Art Theatre, CUMTS)

Performance credits
• ‘Meet Me Far From Gravity’ (site-specific performance across 14 London locations)
• Feitaboogie Festival 2011/10/08 (free improvisastion with various artists, Askoy&Bergen, Norway)
• Codorniú TV advert (principal Swiss German & Spanish voice – The Factory)
• BBC language learning (principal Spanish singing voice – BBC)
• Der Schachspieler (Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchatel & Jazzwerkstatt Berne)
• Pure Pleasure Seekers (Utgerdin, artFart Performance Festival, Reykjavik)
• Hold Me Until You Break (Sophiensaele (Germany), Schlachthaus Theater (Switzerland), IDNO (Iceland), Poolside Emergency and Jacksons Lane (UK))
• ‘Chuck and Friends’ toy & online game (Spanish principal voice – Hasbro Europe)
• It Won’t Happen To Me (Hyperfusion Theatre – UK venues)
• Operation Powervlott (The Space (London), Verftet (Bergen, Norway))
• GHD ‘The Gospel’ (Spanish principal voice for cinema advert – GHD España)
• Conceptual improvisations 08 (Secrets@Southwark Playhouse, Shunt, Bloomsbury Fest.)
• Return to Reason (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Space and BAC – London)
• Camille (LOST Theatre Festival, Lion&Unicorn Theatre and The Place -London)
• The Office (King’s Head Theatre, London)
• A Strange Visit (Onatti Theatre Company, UK tour)

Rebeca’s work as dance and film practitioner has taken her across the UK and Europe. She runs workshops in creative dance improvisation, choreography skills, contact improvisation and dance technique in contemporary dance, jazz dance, musical theatre, streetdance. Rebeca values the impact creative work and movement work in particular can have on a person’s development and self-esteem and has extensive experience working with people vulnerable to youth crime and/or anti-social behaviour, as well as in mental health settings.

Companies she runs regular projects for include Eastside Educational Trust (London), Creative Junction (UK), Wise Moves Dance Company (UK) and The Engine Room (London). In the past, Rebeca has also worked for Creative Partnerships, Dance United (UK), The Drama Workhouse (London) and Big Fish Theatre Company (London) to name but a few.

Most recently, and alongside leading Bottlefed workshops in the UK and internationally, she led two projects (dance & film) as part of  London’s cultural olympiad project ‘BIGLOP‘, in partnership with ‘Eastside Educational Trust’ and ‘A New Direction’. Alongside that, she was also appointed as a creative partner to The Bulmershe School in Woodley, working with two different departments to develop innovative teaching methods including technology as part of a Creative Partnerships project, and also led the youth film project Adobe Youth Voices with two groups including East London Dance’s company ‘Limitless’.

Other projects Rebeca has worked on in the past include leading the award-winning film project Translingual Express in Madrid (Spain), in collaboration with the BFI, and co-designing a resource kit for teachers and practitioners, leading ‘Performing for Success‘, a national youth education programme focusing on different aspects of the arts industry with the goal to improve literacy and numeracy skills where she was responsible for designing, delivering and evaluating a series of pilot programmes in London, and working as a school’s creative partner on a term-long project merging dance and literacy. Since 2008 and alongside her project-based work, she has been an integral team member of Planet Steps working as a choreographer on 1-day performance projects with young people across the UK and has been working regularly as associate lecturer for London University of Arts as part of Creativity Matters.

Future Winter 2011/12 will see her return to Argentina for another 2.5 months, to continue her Tango training, and connect and work with different local artists and organisations in order to continue fostering a relationship between Bottlefed and Latin America.