Mario Barrantes Espinoza

© Sander Vandenbroucke
© Sander Vandenbroucke


Mario Barrantes Espinoza (1991) is a Costa Rican-Nicaraguan artist based in Brussels. He studied theater and dance at the National University of Costa Rica, and, dance and choreography at P.A.R.T.S.

His interest in vocal practices, text, and audio-visual materials have led him to collaborate with artists such as Eszter Salamon, Michiel Vandevelde and François Chaignaud.

Currently he continues to develop projects as an independent artist. He mainly works on the articulation of dance, text and voice through the re-appropriation of audiovisual materials found in pop culture and mainstream media. Some of his work include [A SEQUENCE III], created within the context of Bâtard Festival (BE-NL, 2018), and his graduation work Drift (I)—in collaboration with Thomas Bîrzan— which was selected for Aerowaves Dance Across Europe in 2019. The proposal for his next project, El cantar del playo or... a song is a rose is a thorn, was awarded the Roel Verniers prize (BE, 2020) for “creative ideas and new performing talent”.