Blanca Li was born in Granada, Spain, where she was en route to becoming a world class gymnast before abandoning the sport to travel to New York City where she spent five years studying at the Martha Graham Dance Center. Li moved back to Europe to found her own contemporary dance company in Paris, which, in its 25 years, performed in over 1,000 venues world-wide with 17 creations.
Her latest company work includes Elektrik for 8 electrodancers, Solstice for 14 contemporay dancers and a percussionist, focusing on the beauty of planet Earth and the need for its preservation; Goddesses & Demonesses, a duet danced by the Etoile from Bolshoi Ballet Maria Alexandrova and Blanca Li, was performed for a 12 performance series at Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris in December 2015 and at New York City Center in March 2017.
In addition to her numerous commercial film and fashion work, or choreographing for her own troupe of dancers, Li has choreographed dances for the Paris Opera Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She was director and choreographer for the Berlin Ballet at the Komische Oper in 2001 and 2002, and director of the Centro Andaluz de Danza in Seville from 2006 until 2010.
She has directed five feature films including The Dance Challenge (Le Défi) that featured 150 hip hop dancers and was included in the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, Pas à Pas, a documentary about the process of her creating her stage show, Corazon Loco and most recently Elektromathematrix a pure dance musical with electro dancers, released in movie theaters in France. She directed one of the first immersive dance films for Oculus Rift, released in March 2015 and available through German-French TV channel ARTE. Her show ROBOT had its US premiere at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in June 2015.
press links :
NYT feature on Blanca Li (2017) "A Ballerina and Choreographer Team Up to Be Goddesses" https://nyti.ms/2oz7TNC
New York Magazine (The Cut) feature on Blanca Li (2015) http://thecut.io/2cYA6Nn