dantza + Z

Our being, dance

«The “Z” expresses our way of doing. In Basque, the instrumental declension is designated by the letter “Z”, which closes the end of a word, referring to the way of doing, to how to do… Dance is our being and our way of doing. We dance by dancing and making dance. No, it is not a redundancy; it is a reality».

Adriana Pous, artistic director

Dantzaz encourages employment and professionalisation in the dance sector while promoting creation and research by giving opportunities to performers and choreographers worldwide

through artistic residencies and different types of contracts and grants and by supporting mediation and innovation projects to create new audiences.

Dantzaz is also a centre located in the facilities of Gipuzkoako Dantzagunea, where action, mediation, meeting with the community and accompanying artistic processes go hand in hand. It forms part of take out international cooperation networks. It leads various projects in the Euskadi-Navarre-New Aquitaine Euroregion, thanks to the support provided by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, the Basque Government and the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music-INAEM and the Euroregión. During its over two decades of history, it has signed more than fifty productions and maintains cooperation and artistic exchange projects with institutions in Europe and America.

This is dantzaz


(c)Txikota EKOIZ


Dantzaz is pleased to announce its collaboration with the renowned Italian choreographer Paolo Mohovich for his new creation: “HONDO”. The work, developed in the Dantzagunea studios, will premiere in Turin in March 2024. Prior to this, an exclusive pre-premiere will be held on Thursday 23 November in the auditorium of Niessen Kulturgunea. Mohovich, the sixth international guest choreographer in 2023, will bring his innovative approach to the exploration of modern dance. It is also worth noting that Mohovich has already collaborated with Dantzaz in previous years, as he has created the works “ITZALAK” (2014), “BARROCK” (2015), and “HARRI ORRI AR” (2017). Inspired by the music of Johann Johansson, “HONDO” will deal with concepts such as abyss, mystery, evolution and timelessness, immersing the audience in the enigmatic immensity of the sea. The work seeks to convey mystery and emotions, fusing Mohovich’s creative vision with Dantzaz’s artistic skill in a unique journey of contemporary dance.


Date and time: Thursday 23 October, 19:00
Location: Niessen Kulturgunea Auditorium

Dantzaz boosts the development of dance in Navarre with the support of the Parliament of Navarre.

A motion passed in the Parliament of Navarra has earmarked funds for the development of dance in the region in 2023, marking an important milestone. Dantzaz, with more than two decades of experience in promoting dance in the NAEN Euroregion, is leading this project. The funding will enable the creation of scholarships and residencies, including residencies for young performers and laboratories focused on sustainability and creative management (SOSLAB). This will change the paradigm of dance and offer opportunities beyond traditional performance. The call for applications for the programmes will open in October, with the hope of strengthening the dance sector in Navarra and supporting future generations of artists:

  1. Residencies for young performers

In December 2023, Dantzaz will carry out two two-week residencies for young dancers under 23 years of age who have not previously had a long-term professional contract and who were born in Navarre or reside in the region. Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in dance activities and receive a personalised workshop focused on the dance labour market.

  1. Sustainability and creative management laboratories (SOSLAB programme)

Dantzaz will create two innovative laboratories focused on sustainability and creative management, designed to assist dance professionals in the development of their artistic projects. These labs will include specialised mentoring and the building of a strong support network among participants.

Each selected project will receive a stipend of €2,000 to carry out their research and activities, and at the end of the programme, they will have the opportunity to present their findings and conclusions in a final document that will be disseminated throughout the sector in Navarra and Spain.

The SOSLAB labs will take place during the months of November and December, with flexibility to adjust to the needs and schedules of the selected projects.



‘QUO’, a programme with pieces by Gil Harush and Hilde Koch

Is there space – a place – for dance? How can it be found in a world where virtuality threatens to fragment at every moment this rituality or ceremony of the body, movement…? QUO’, the new programme of Dantzaz (premiered at the last edition of DFeria), invites us to imagine this path and does so by using the gazes that envelop the works of choreographers Gil Harush and Hilde Koch. Both artists are the authors of the three that make up a mosaic that brings old fishing traditions to the stage, that portrays the anxiety produced by being permanently connected, or that speaks to us of the four natural elements to recreate an ancestral and beautiful territory where we can find peace.

Dantza and cinema


BATIK ITSASORA’, an immersive format that unites dance and documentary film in a project about refugees

Choreographic creation and cinema come together in a surprising new immersive format that invites the public to enjoy viewing a documentary film and a live dance performance. The film’Basotik Itsasora’ delves into the drama experienced by refugees and the impact of human migration. It does so by looking at the present and the more recent past; an example is Gurs, the concentration camp that received thousands of displaced Spaniards after the Civil War. After the screening, eight performers will stage ‘BASOA’, a piece inspired by the same theme.


Dantzaz Exploradora

Dantzaz is documentation


Dantzaz Exploradora (https://dantzazexploradora.dantzaz.eus) is a digital publication that combines interviews, audiovisual documents, programmes, reviews, and testimonies, the historical memory of the last 20 years of the contemporary dance in the Basque Country through the work of the Dantzaz Dance Development Centre.

Dantzaz Exploradora is a publication open to the contributions of all the people who have collaborated with Dantzaz. If you would like to make any comments or contribute any content, please write to us at exploradora@dantzaz.eus.