Yel K. Banto (they/them) 
My name is Yel K. Banto, I was born in Chile and moved with my family to Switzerland as a child. I'm currently based in Lausanne and Geneva, where I explore the intersections between choreography, performance, fine arts, writing, design and craft. I spend a lot of time observing their environment and like to imagine it as an ambient composition of movement, light and sound.
As a non-binary person, born in South America and raised in Western Europe, I have grown up at the crossroads of different communities, cultures and languages. These intersections have given me a deep fascination for the notions of in-between, fluid and liminal. 

Finding inspiration from improvisations, personal experiences, dreams, daily observations, tarot card readings, tales and medieval archives, I love to create fantasies and rethink history from other perspectives to encourage the spectators to question the dominant norms that shape our daily lives.
Education 

2023
Choreography Intensive Course
School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam (SNDO)

2020 - 2023

BA Fine Arts, (with honours)
University of Art and Design of Geneva (HEAD)
2022
Exchange semester,
Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)
2019 - 2020
Foundation year
University of Art and Design of Lausanne (Ecal)
2016 - 2019
A - level in Fine Arts and Design, (Fine arts prize)
Gymnase Auguste Piccard, Lausanne


Experiences
2024
Production assistant, Bastien Gachet,
Geneva
2024
Stage direction assistant, PRICE,

Gessnerallee Zürich, Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne, 

Kunsthaus Pasquart Bienne.

2023
Stage direction assistant, Julie Monot,
Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne

2019
Communication internship for 
Programme Commun, Théâtre de Vidy, Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne
2018
Light Design Internship, 
Cie Phillipe Saire, Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne
Curation and management

2024 - Ongoing
Performing arts line up and production, Wunderkammer, Clocheton, Lausanne

2023 - Ongoing
Co-founder of the association Kimera, management of the art space
Dukat, Geneva

2022
Collective exhibition, "Forbidden Fruit", PS: Communitism, Athens, (in collaboration with niccolas)

2018 - 2022
Concerts line up and production, Collectif QULT,
Le Romandie, Lausanne
Residencies

2024
DOGO Residenz, St-Gallen (4 months)


Prizes
2019
Fine Arts Prize, Gymnase Auguste Piccard, Lausanne
Dancer - interpret
2024 - Ongoing
L'age de nos Idées,
Cie Yan Duyvendak, Geneva 

Co-production: by La Batie, Geneva
Grütli - Centre de production et de diffusion des arts vivants, Geneva / Festival de Maseilles / Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne

2024 
Killing Time,
Julie Monot, Lausanne
Production: 
Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne

2023
Rictus,
Julie Monot, Lausanne

Co-production: Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva / Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne
2023
Room of Doubts,
Julie Monot, Lausanne
Production: 
Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne

2020 - 2022
Charivari,
Cie Mélanie Gobet, Fribourg
Co-production: L’Oriental, Vevey / 
Le Dansomètre, Vevey
Performances

2024
(upcoming), Théâtre de l’Usine, Genève, (with Sébastien Roussi)
(upcoming), Friedengasse, Zurich
(upcoming), Espace Arlaud, Lausanne
2023
One Gee in Fog, Geneva, (with Sébastien Roussi)
Festival ACT, HKB - Bern, (with Sébastien Roussi)
Festival ACT, édhéa - Sierre, (with Sébastien Roussi)
Festival ACT, HEAD - Geneva, (with Sébastien Roussi)
Art’s Birthday 2023, Les 6 Toîts, Geneva, (RTS Culture, Ensemble Contrechamps and HEAD - Geneva)

2022

Sofia Art Week, Doza Gallery, Sofia
The Big Simili Show, LiveInYourHead, Geneva, Commissioned by Tadeo Kohan and Gabrielle Boder

La GrangeLausanne
2021
Performance festival, 
Atle Schreinerei, Bern, curated by Bacio Collective

Walking on Sunshine, Versoix, curated by Christophe Lovasoa Kauffmann
2020
Online performance, Valentin 61, Lausanne

La Placette, Lausanne
2018 - 2020
Club sandwich, Queer parties organised by the Collectif QULT, Le Romandie, Lausanne
2020
Lausanne Space Dance, Le Bourg, Lausanne
2019
Voodart, Centre Culturel des Amériques Latines, Lausanne

Fesse-tival, Genève
Traces de Passages, Lausanne
Théâtre de Beaulieu, Lausanne
Festival CMJN, Lausanne
2018
Quartier du Flon, Lausanne
Solo exhibitions

2022
Fragmented Bodies, La Placette, Lausanne
Collective exhibitions
2024
(upcoming),
Galerie Fabienne Levy, Lausanne and Geneva
(upcoming), Wallstreet, Fribourg
(upcoming), Espace Arlaud, Lausanne
(upcoming), DOGO TOTALE, St-Gallen

2023

Grand Tour, HEAD - Geneva
Aux Abris, Lausanne
2022
La Grange, Lausanne (Rueyres)
EMPATHY, with Hannah Doepke, Cantina Social, Athens
EMPATHY, with Hannah Doepke, Literature House, Athens
2021
C’era una volta la Pangea, Balerna, Curated by Associazione +41
2020
Exhibition in a flat, Lausanne

La Grange, Lausanne (Rueyres)
Half Time, Galerie l’Elac, Lausanne
2019
Voodart, Centre Culturel des Amériques Latines, Lausanne

Traces de Passages, Lausanne
Electrosanne, Lausanne
Théâtre de Sévelin 36, Lausanne
Ville de Vevey, (with Maelle Amiet)
Festival Animai, Vevey
2018
Cabinet éphémère, Espace Dem’Art, Lausanne

La Ligne Bleue, Quartier du Flon, Lausanne
Festival Animai, Vevey
Exhibition set up

2023
Exhibition set up, Olivier Mosset,
Lange + Pult, Geneva 
2023
Exhibition set up, 
MCBA, Lausanne


2023
Exhibition set up and dismantling, (re)connecting.earth,
Geneva
2023
Set up of the Biennale, (re)connecting.earth,
Geneva
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