Lucía Piquero was born in Asturias, Spain, and trained there in Classical Ballet with Elisa Novo, amongst others. She got her 7-year Classical Ballet Diploma, and read for a BSc in Psychology. In 2006, she moved to London where she trained in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School (one-year certificate), and got her MA in Choreography at Middlesex University. 

Lucía was an independent dancer in the UK since 2007 performing with several companies as well as doing her own work with Diciembre Dance Group. Her choreographies have been presented internationally and she has been invited to participate in several festivals in the UK, Malta, Italy, and Spain, including a commission by the Galician Choreographic Centre, and residencies in the National Dance Company of Spain, and Le Performance in France. She was also commissioned by the Malta International Arts Festival, with European funding, to create an interdisciplinary immersive performance with a composer and a dramaturg, on the theme of migration, TerraVerunt (2017). She recently choreographed for ŻfinMalta, the national dance company of Malta, with which she also collaborated as an expert/researcher in their project for audience development, Movimento. She created Eigenlicht commissioned by the MCC Dance Showcase, a group piece premiered in December 2018. She created a new solo, Minn Taht L’Ilsien, for dancer Florinda Camilleri as part of the Malta International Arts Festival 2019, in collaboration with poet Michael Zammit, sound artist Niels Plotard, actress Ruth Borg, and costume designer Karolina Rotowska. This piece toured in February 2020 in Malta Spain, with a trio titled Khajal and a sound work by Plotard, in a series of performances organized by ODT (other dance theatre, platform created with Florinda Camilleri) in collaboration with the Maltese embassy in Spain. Lucía also co-directed the choreographic research project Estancias Coreográficas in Spain 2015-2018, and a new project E2M with Dr Jorge Crecis in Malta in 2019.

She is now Head of the Dance Studies Department at the School of Performing Arts at the University of Malta and completed her PhD at the University of Roehampton, London, in 2019. Her main research interest is on experience of emotion in 21st Century Euro-American contemporary theatre dance, and embodied and enactive cognition and dance. She has presented in conferences in Hong Kong, UK, USA, Australia, Spain, Portugal and Malta.

Awards

  • Mediterranean Islands Festival, 2019. 1st place with “Coven”.
  • MIDCE, 2016. 3rd place with “Waiting for January” in duets category, and 2nd place with “Did the sheep eat the white rose?” in solo category.
  • Special mention and a soloist first prize in the World Dance Championship in Croatia (2012).