Xevi Dorca


The Spanish dancer/choreographer’s work has been integral to the success of this production (Houston premiere, revivals in Cardiff, Geneva, Barcelona, Brussels, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Omaha, Washington): “I created all the movement of the rats [in La Cenerentola], which became so important in this production, and I organized the principals and chorus in terms of movement and gesture. The work I do brings each gesture out of the music, while helping to define the specific personalities. It shows, for example, the two sisters trying to be glam – their movement, however, makes them a bit nasty and exaggerated. As for the rats, they call on my training as a contemporary dancer, which has helped me to find their basic movement and give them a particular ‘rat attitude.’” Dorca studied at Barcelona’s Institut del Teatre. A scholarship awarded by the Madrid Choreographic Competition enabled him to work with the Transitions Dance Company at London’s Laban Centre. As a dancer, Dorca has worked with major choreographers including Lindsay Kemp, Sol Pico, Carlos Santos, Andrés Lima, Mar Gomez, and Alex Rigola, as well as with such companies as Chicos Mambo (which for several years he also co-managed), Ballet Contemporani de Barcelona, Els Comediants (also in Barcelona), and Meekers Dance Company (Rotterdam). Dorca co-manages Barcelona’s XeviXaviXou dance company. Recent choreographic work in opera includes Leonardo Balada’s opera Faustball (world premiere, Madrid), The Italian Girl in Algiers (Madrid, Florence, Bordeaux, Houston), and The Barber of Seville (Houston, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Toronto). The latter in its Toronto presentation earned Dorca an Outstanding Choreography nomination for Canada’s prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award.

Lyric Opera debut: La Cenerentola (2015|16)

Last updated: October 4, 2015