José Piris

He is the director and founder of The International School of Mime and Theatre of Gesture Nouveau Colombier.


Versatile artist, José Piris is one of the most important Spanish representatives of the theatre of gesture, especially famous among mime artists.


He works as an actor, director and creator of theatre pieces, usually theatre of gesture ones, mimodrames and pantomimes. He has also created a vast production of shows, based on the  theatre of transposition, poetic theatre and text-based theatre, both classic and contemporary, always paying special attention to the visual impact and the plasticity of the image.


He has worked for twenty years in opera, circus, mask, dance, musicals, performance, happening, body painting, action painting, video art and has frequently appeared in film and on television.
He is specialized in the art of mime, in styles like: corporeal dramatic mime (E. Decroux), style mime and illusion mime (M. Marceau), pantomime (J. Tati), clown mime and modern or expressionist mime (1994-2013).


He is one of Marcel Marceau´s Spanish direct disciples. Marceau trained him at L’Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris between 1994 and 1999 and J. Piris where he was awarded the Honorary Degree M. Marceau for his work in the field of performing arts, as noted by his teacher, and as “Meneur de Groupe” (group leader), participating in several of the works at the L´Atelier de Creátion M. Marceau in Paris.


He taught Theatre of Gesture, Mime and Pantomime at the RESAD (Spain’s Royal School for Dramatic Arts) from 2001 to 2005, Text-based Acting at the ESADT (Theatre School of  Torrelodones attached to the University of Kent in Canterbury) between 2005 and 2008, the Bachelor of Performing Arts at Nebrija University (2007-2009), at Escénica Artística (School of Performing Arts in Andalucía) from 2000 to 2011 and in 2009 he founded his own theatre school in Madrid, Nouveau Colombier, in homage to Jacques Copeau and his teachers.


Since 1992 he manages the international theatre company Mimox Teatro where he works with artists from all over the world and with whom he has created more than thirty performances: “Scarabimbombam”, “El Relojero”, “El Laberientu”, “Cristóbal Colón”, “La Cantante de Ópera”, “El Banquete”, “Al Abordaje”, “Los 7 Pecados Capitales”, “El Príncipe Feliz”, “La Muñeca y el Soldado”, “Toro Torero y Muerte”, “El Grito de Piedra”, “La Pluma”, “Spectros”, “Caperucita Feroz” “Strabagarte”, “Gestación y Nacimiento”, among the most significant.


His theatrical philosophy drinks from various masters, whose trainings and works J. Piris uses as a model. Among the most representative: Etienne Decroux and his modern mime, in which he specialized by the hand of Ivan Baciocchi (École de Mime Corporel Dramatique Paris Belleville); Marcel Marceau and his style mime, which he learned under the guidance of the master together with his assistants Emmanuele Vacca and Elena Serra among others (L’Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris Marcel Marceau); Philippe Gaulier and Eric De Bont and their clown and buffoon labs in the Netherlands, Philippe Avron or Jacques Lecoq (École Internationale de Théâtre, Paris) or Peter Brook (Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord).


Outside Paris, John Strasberg, Antonio Fava, Eugenio Barba, Dario Fo, John Strasberg and Lindsay Kemp influenced him when working together along the years.
Nowadays José Piris carries out his pedagogical, performing and creative work and also designs the movement on stage and conceives masks, costume designs and dramatic texts. He is currently working on his forthcoming book, a Spanish text that reflects his philosophy of the universe of the theatre of gesture: “El mimo: un arte escrito en el Silencio”.


He studied at the Scuola Internazionale Dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia (Italy), by the hand of Master Antonio Fava, with whom he deepened on Greco-Latin pantomime, minstrels, medieval pastoral, the opera regia and commedia dell’arte, cabaret and modern comedy.


Since 1994, the world of clown is a frequent territory that José Piris shares with other clowns such as: Paco Pacolmo, Asaco Producciones Company, Toni Pocotauto, Pepe Ciclo, Pepe Viiyuela, Eric De Bont, Alexandre Coelho, Andrés del Bosque, Javiercita, Marta de Marte, Claudia De Siato. He also collaborates with the NGO Payasos sin Fronteras in different projects like “The Caravan of Laughter” and “A Mime in Amman” and with the Plataforma de Nuevo Circo of Extremadura. Time and time again he has directed the Circus-Clown Cabaret for the Etnosur International Festival in Andalusia.
In addition to the work he accomplishes with his company Mimox Teatro, José Piris also works for various production and theatre companies as stage director and actor.  Among others: “Historia de un Caballo”, “María de Buenos Aires”, “Contrato Contrasto”, “Romance de Lobos”, “Estultifera Navis”, “La Foto”, “Divinas Palabras”, “El Lío”, “La Odisea”, “Alicia en el País de las Alcantarillas”, “El Hotel de la Risa”, “Vagab-un-dos”, “El Deseo”, “Compradores de Sueños”, “Las Farsas Maravillosas”, “Los Diablillos de la Ópera”, “Bufonerías”, “El Sueño de una Noche de Verano”, “El Atrapa Corazones”, “Invokeision Circus”, “La ITV Espiritual”. And recently: “El Juicio de los Humanos”, “Garabatos”, “La Creación del Mundo”, “Muere Julio César”, “Chuvisco el Bandolero Arisco”, “La Máscara de las Bodas”, “Plastick”, “Cinco Minutos o Cien Años”.


He worked as stage director in several Spanish productions of wide renown such as the aforementioned “Historia de un Caballo” starring Carlos Hipólito (received the Max Theatre Award in 2001) or as gestural advisor in “Escuela de Seducción” with Victoria Abril.


He has carefully studied the figure of the actor as a puppet, conceived by Gordon Graig, set design according to Giorgio Strehler and the giullar of Dario Fo.


Between 1992 and 1994 he studied at the School of Dramatic Art in Cantabria, directed by Román Calleja, where the seed of its first theatre company, Piris & Mimox, grew. In this school, as well as in the Festival Hall of Cantabria, J. Piris developed, both as an actor and a stage director, multiple projects not only in the artistic but also in the pedagogical field. From 1994 to 2000 he directed the Theatre Festival of Mime and Theatre of Gesture in Santander.


He studied between 1988 and 1992 in the School of Arts and Crafts in Oviedo and in SATER School of Applied Arts in Santander and graduated in interior design, space design, set design and illustration.


He teaches Gestural Interpretation, Corporeal Mime Grammar, Pantomime, Mask Creation and Scenic Design in Nouveau Colombier. In addition, he and Claudia De Siato teach style mime, mask and clown workshops in the School in Madrid and throughout the world.