Mario José Barrantes Espinoza (1991) is a Costa Rican-Nicaraguan artist based in Brussels. He studied theatre and dance at the National University of Costa Rica, before moving to Belgium, where he graduated from the Training Cycle and Research Studios at P.A.R.T.S., under the direction of Bojana Cvejić and Alain Franco.
His interest in vocal practices, text, and audio-visual materials have led him to collaborate with artists such as François Chaignaud, The Subs, Michiel Vandevelde, and Eszter Salamon. Currently he continues to develop projects as an independent artist. His practice focuses mainly 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, 2018), and Drift (I) -in collaboration with Thomas Bîrzan- which was selected for Aerowaves Dance Across Europe in 2019.
In 2020, the proposal for his next project El cantar del playo or... a song is a rose is a thorn l cantar del playo or... a song is a rose is a thorn was awarded with the Roel Verniers Prijs by Het TheaterFestival for "creative ideas and new performing talent".