Wilson Pico


is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and director. Considered the pioneer of Ecuadorian contemporary dance, Wilson Pico first trained in classical dance from 1967 to 1970 in Quito. In 1970, at the age of 20, his creative impetus led him to premiere his first four works in a recital called "Experimental Choreography".  His personal artistic journey immediately made ​​him a controversial figure in the Ecuador art world. His departure from classical dance led him to the invention of a style, and since he has been virtually self-taught.


In 1972 he founded the first modern dance group in the country, the Experimental Modern Ballet (BEM), which revolutionized Ecuador’s dance culture. Since then he has been founder or co-founder of several dance groups, such as Estudio, Vivadanza, the Frente de Danza Independiente, and Futuro Sí dance school. In this latest endeavor, Wilson directed his work to at-risk youth, training them to become modern dance instructors.


Wilson has appeared as a soloist since1975, offering more than fifteen hundred representations in Ecuador, almost all Latin American countries, 10 countries in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan.  In these same countries, he has also led seminars and given workshops for actors, dancers and communities.


His choreography is renowned for its incorporation of diverse themes especially the national/popular, the marginal, the everyday, the magical/ancestral, urbanism and shamanism. He also works in more formal aesthetic proposals, creating work such as dance in alternative spaces and dance-theater.


In 2012, Wilson and his daughter, anthropologist Amaranta Pico, released the book and documentaries called El Cuerpo Festivo, an artistic-anthropological investigation carried out in twelve different Ecuadorian communities, in which Wilson and Amaranta studied each community’s popular festivals. 

© 2014 by The Pachaysana Institute. 

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