STUCK IN BABIA
STUCK IN BABIA
As a website, Stuck in Babia is the place where I will display most of my work as a filmmaker, drawing artist and dancer. But for me, Stuck in Babia, is much more than that. Firstly, I should explain that Babia is a real region in the north of Spain but it is not this place that I have named my website after. The real inspiration for the name is the Spanish saying “Estar en Babia” which translates to “Being in Babia” and is an expression that means to be distracted or to not know what is happening around you. This saying resonates so well with me as I truely believe that it is in these moments, when our mind floats away and our imagination stirs, that we are able to connect in a very unique way to our creative inner self.
I love that moment when you are listening to a song, taking a shower or talking to someone and for some reason something triggers in your mind and you start to float away, away from this world. But where do you go? I guess that’s personal, that everyone must goes somewhere different, to the past or to the future. Me however, I go to that place where ideas are born. Some are good, others are bad, but in the end they are all ideas and I love that in my “Babia” everything is possible. I imagine doing things I have no idea how to even achieve. Most of these ideas will fade over time. Some I may manage to write down on a piece of paper that in a few hours I will lose. But a precious few will become a reality. And that is what’s important.
An old primary school teacher of mine used to say to my parents “He is a good student but he is always getting distracted”. While I’m sure he will be disappointed to know that I still find myself lost in “Babia”, these journeys allow me to discover ideas and create more illustrations and films that bring me so much joy - and hopefully, bring you some joy too.
I was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia and studied in Incolballet. A wonderful and unique school that allowed me to study normal primary and high school subjects while also giving me the opportunity to become a professional ballet dancer. We were there from 8am to 5pm learning but also enjoying the nature and animals. There was a big lake and mango, guava and plum trees. There were ducks, geese and sometimes a cow. Once I even saw a sloth and an eagle which was just amazing. So I believe that growing up at Incolballet was the perfect environment for me as it was there that my imagination was given freedom to fly.
At the age of 18 my family, in search of a better future for my little sister and I, immigrated to Spain. There I finished my dance studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Dance in Madrid and two years later begun my dance career at Compania Nacional de Danza 2, under the direction of Nacho Duato and Tony Fabre. Another two years later I moved to Valencia where I danced with Ballet de la Generalitat, under the direction of Inmaculada Gil Lazaro who gave me many opportunities in the company, allowing me to find myself and grow in the five years that I spent there. Valencia was a wonderful period in my life. It was there that I discovered my passion for filming and editing videos. It was also there that I met the most amazing group of people that I am lucky to call my friends, who helped me tirelessly with my projects and ideas.
In 2014 I entered a transition phase of my dance career where I worked with Elephant in the Black Box under Jean Philippe’s direction. Finally in august of the same year I got to Ballet Basel which is my current place of work as a dancer under Richard Wherlock’s direction.
As a filmmaker I mostly enjoy doing personal projects. However, I have filmed videos for Ballet de la Generalitat, Valencia Dancing Forward, Ballet Dienstag, La Atmk Big Band, Elephant in the Black Box and Valencia Endanza. I was also nominated as a finalist for the first edition of DAC video competition in Spain and recently some of my footage was chosen to be part of the movie Spain in a Day, directed by Isabel Coixet.
As a drawing artist I am currently exploring my own style while studying long distance with the London Art College. I’ve drawn since I can remember, influenced mostly by Anime and cartoons. Once day I hope to be able to dedicate myself full time to illustration.
Photography above, courtesy of Yaiza Davilla
Photography under, courtesy of Kostas Maros taken while dancing The Thin Lie by Choreographer Ruochen Wang