Born in Mexico, Shanti Oyarzabel studied anthropology while also taking pantomime classes with A. Virches, JG Moreno, A. Moran and R. Scharre. In 1979, he presented his first performance piece in Manias, Mexico.
He then moved to Paris to study with Etienne Decroux at the Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique. He followed this intensive training programme with a series of workshops with leading artists such as Yves Lebreton, W. Mehring, Sankal Juku and Shiro Daimon.
In 1987, he moved to Germany and founded Teatro Inercia. Since then, he has been engaged in a constant whirlwind of creation, performance and teaching. For each new production he seeks to collaborate with artists from a variety of disciplines, bringing new depth to his explorations of space, light and sound.