José Luis Vidal studied anthropology and sociology before turning to dance. He trained in New York thanks to a scholarship from the American Dance Festival, then worked in Europe as both a dancer and a choreographic assistant. He moved to the UK to do a Master’s degree in choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School, and obtained several residencies at The Place, where he is now an associate artist. José Vidal now shares his time between London and Santiago, where he teaches dance and develops his own artistic projects. He took part in several independent projects run by the Chilean National Council for Culture and the Arts, and choreographed several performances including Loop3, which toured Europe, in particular France at the Théâtre de la Ville and the Centre National de la Danse. As a guest artist of the Chilean National Ballet BANCH, he directed Lo Impermanente, which was nominated for the 2014 Altazor Prize; also in 2014 he directed Lat 33 with over sixty dancers from his company and the National Ballet, to coincide with the sixth World Summit on Arts and Culture organised by the IFACCA - International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies. José Vidal is currently working on the choreography and staging for the opera The Damnation of Faust for the Municipal Theatre in Santiago.
Born in southern Chile, José Vidal started his company by surrounding himself with dancers and performers from various artistic backgrounds; the troupe now has over 50 members and focuses on concepts of the multitude and the innumerable, examining masses of human bodies as systems able to activate collective intelligence.