ABOUT JOSE PARRA
Jose Parra is born and grows in Bilbao where he studies IT. In 2001 he moves to London where he discovers theatre to change career a few years later. At the age of 28, he begins training at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre and the International School of Dramatic Corporal Mime. When he finishes after 4 years, he discovers Clown with Gerry Flanagan and continues to investigate this form with other teachers, including Mick Barnfather (Ecole Philippe Gaulier). In 2008 he discovers the Pochinko Clown technique with Jonathan Young, in which he specialises.
From 2010 to 2020 he works with different companies for adults and family audiences. He performs in a wide variety of festivals and venues: Stroossefestival (Luxembourg), Festival Danse (France), Festival of Social Science (University of Holloway), Amman Children's Museum (Jordan), International Conference on Body Psychotherapy, Brighton Fringe, Reading Fringe, Bath Fringe and the London International Clown Festival among others. In addition, since 2011 he has been working professionally for Theodora Chidren’s Charlity as a Giggle Doctor, first in the UK and since 2022 in Barcelona where he now lives.
In 2021 he decides to start his own solo project, Cia Jose Parra. He has just finished the creation of his first solo show in collaboration with director Jamie Wood during an artistic residency at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts of the University of Falmouth.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Cia Jose Parra is dedicated to creating compelling and accessible theatre using a theatrical language that combines contemporary theatre and clown.
I like to create unique and peculiar solo shows that talk about personal experiences but are relevant and accessible to others. I want to invite the audience to go on an emotional journey during which they can all see something of themselves and laugh together in a moment of shared humanity. My shows are based on aspects of my life that I often find difficult. I believe that the conflicting parts of ourselves are the ones that make us all unique.
My shows reflect my training and career in physical theatre, masks, improvisation, juggling and clown. I use text, but I mainly speak through images, body expression, movement and sound, which means my shows can be taken to many parts of the world.