Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas are two London-based artists making and presenting performances across Europe and internationally. They are currently Work Place artists, the associate artist programme of The Place, and have been creating works together since 2007. Their work is characterised by their interest in the moving body and the immediacy of action as a vehicle for meaning, ideas and desires. Igor and Moreno want to reclaim the role of the theatre as a place for assembly whilst exploring the cathartic properties of live performance.
Igor and Moreno are also founding members of dance collective BLOOM! and Hiru Dance Org. In 2010 CITY by BLOOM! received the Rudolf Laban Award 2010 in Budapest and an artist residency from Prix Jardin d’Europe (Brussels / Istanbul). In 2011 the work was selected by Aerowaves. TAME GAME (2011) and The End Is Near (2012) were also created with BLOOM!. Also in 2012, Hiru was selected as a nominee for the ‘h.Club100’ by Time Out London in a search of the most entrepreneurial, influential and innovative people in the creative media in England.
Idiot-Syncrasy (2013) is their first choreographic venture as a duo.
On his own, Moreno has created the solos URANUS and Life Is A Carnival, the latter commissioned for The Place Prize and selected by Aerowaves in 2013. He also choreographed for Balletto di Sardegna and for the Stroke Odysseys project.
Igor danced Basque folk and has worked as an actor in theatre and film; he starred in Hansel & Gretel, a short film created for the BBC, which was nominated for a BAFTA award.
Igor and Moreno’s work has been supported by The Place (London), CSC-Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Cambridge Junction, Yorkshire Dance (Leeds), Sin Cultural Centre (Budapest), BAD Festival (Bilbao), Jardin d’Europe, and Arts Council England.