Who do we do Dantzaz?

This is dantzaz

Dantzaz is team

Dantzaz articulates its work through a stable team of coordination, production, artistic direction and communication (its staff) and a parallel structure (Batzarra) that acts as a “council of wise men”, guiding, advising, accompanying and taking transcendental decisions regarding the mission and values that motivated the birth of the company two decades ago.

Staff

Fernando Saenz de Ugarte

General manager, responsible for the Think Tanz area and the network and projects area

An eclectic cultural manager, Fernando Sáenz de Ugarte has extensive experience in environmental education projects, socio-cultural and socio-educational animation or human rights at an international level. During the last 25 years, he has focused his career on the performing arts sector and has been part of Teatro Paraíso, has directed the Barañáin Auditorium in Navarra for ten years and has been part of the board of directors of La Red Española de Teatros, Public Auditoriums, Networks, Circuits and Festivals. Read more…

He joined Dantzaz in 2012, assuming the restructuring and consolidation of the company and incorporating lines of work from innovation and collaborative work. It designs the annual processes of choreographic creation and production and is responsible for the launch of “Think Tanz”, an innovation laboratory that links choreographic creation with other business sectors such as tourism, hospitality, industry, sports or education. Likewise, he has promoted various mediation strategies carried out by Dantzaz in recent years that are opening new paths, and have become transversal pieces for the creation processes of Dantzaz. He accompanies the entrepreneurial processes of Dantzaz performers and other dance professionals related to Dantzaz and Dantzagunea. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Eskena and an academic of the Performing Arts of Spain, as well as a member of the Basque Council of Culture.

Adriana Pous

Artistic director, Ballet Master and responsible for artistic accompaniment

Her experience as a dancer has been forged in Europe and South America sharing the stage with artists from the projection of Nureyev, Makarova or Bujones, among others. She has been leading the Dantzaz project since 2002, giving young European dancers the opportunity to gain stage experience through creations, productions and tours. Leer más…

She teaches classes and workshops in the company and has been invited to participate as a jury in national and international dance events. As artistic director of the company, she has accompanied 60 productions for two decades and is responsible for the selection of choreographers invited to create for Dantzaz and for the coordination of these reception and residency processes with institutions around the world such as Korzo (Holland) , Dance Base (Great Britain), Danish Dance Theater (Denmark), Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec (Canada) or Plesni Teater Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Bertha Bermúdez

Project development and documentation manager

After a career as a dancer with choreographers of the prestige of Maurice Bejart, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Rui Horta, Paul Solvin Norton, Gregory Colbert and Emio Greco| Pieter C. Scholten, Bermúdez directs his professional career towards the field of transmission, research and documentation of dance, coordinating and directing various mediation and study projects for the ICK Amsterdam Choreographic Center, Amsterdam Hoogschool, the Music and Arts Archive Performing arts from Navarra, Gipuzkoako Dantzagunea and Dantzaz. Leer más…

He collaborates closely with different European research groups focused on the analysis of dance, documentation and digital media and has worked, since 2016, in Dantzaz from the coordination of the Red Atalak project, in the development of projects and in the accompaniment of choreographers and choreographers.

Iker Bengotxea

Responsible for the administration area

Curious specimen in whose cultural trajectory he has had to be immersed both in the dark world of numbers, accounting, invoices and justifications, as well as on stage in his work as an actor and singer. Such an unusual profile helps us break the usual barrier that exists between offices and stages, achieving the necessary empathy and understanding of those who are on one side and the other. Leer más…

Trained in Business Sciences and Cultural Management (Master in Direction and Management of Cultural and Creative Industries from the Miguel de Cervantes European University), he joined the Navarra Theater Network in 2018, where he launched the Performing Arts Circuit. As a result of this work, he became a sporadic advisor to the culture team of the Government of Navarra and was in charge of managing some of its programs, such as 948C / Kultura. In parallel, he becomes part of the Dantzaz team in order to contribute to the improvement and professionalization of the financial management of the entity.

Sofía Alforja

Coordinator of Dantzagunea

Trained at the Navarra Theater School, in 1988 she received a scholarship to study production at the Albeniz Theater in Madrid together with Teresa Valentin. After developing her internship at the National Center for New Trends in Madrid, directed by Guillermo Heras, she produced different shows for the Basque companies Bederen-1 and Tanttaka.

Batzarra

The Batzarra meaning in Basque designates the assembly, the meeting… in general, of people whose knowledge and experience illuminate and accompany a community. In Dantzaz, our batzarra has been accompanying us since our beginnings and is made up of people of great wisdom such as:

Andoni Mutiloa

He is a journalist and creator. He took his first steps in Basque dance at the school of Juanito Sanchiz (Hernani). As a teenager, he entered Eskola Dantza Taldea, where he spent almost 15 years. He studied journalism (Leioa, UPV) and worked as an editor in different ETB programs. From 2001 to 2007 he was a radio announcer for Gaztea. He later joined Euskadi Irratia and was editor and presenter of several programs for eight years. In 2017 he decided to take a leave of absence from Euskadi Irratia, and since then he has focused his activity as a creator on the performing arts. Recently, he created the “Esnatu Naiz” cabaret.

Jon Bagüés Erriondo

Degree in Art History (1977) and Doctorate (1990). He studied Archives and Documentation in Madrid (1982-83), as well as musical studies at the conservatories of Donostia, Barcelona and Madrid. He is the author of two monographs and more than 60 articles on music history and music documentation. He was the first president of the Spanish Association for Music Documentation, a branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, of which he was also vice president. Leer más…

After twenty years as director of ERESBIL, the Basque Music Archive, he retired in 2020. He founded the early music group Capilla Peñaflorida in 1985.

Iñaki Arregi Artano

With a degree in Economics and Business Sciences, he has linked his professional career to the field of technology, first at the multinational Bull and then at the Entelgy company until his retirement in 2019. Fascinated by dance since he was young, he was part of the Lizar-Makil group of Andoain, de Goizaldi and the Argia group, where he participated as a dantzari and dance teacher in different projects led by J.A. Urbeltz. Also interested in classical and contemporary dance, he joined the Batzarra ofDantzaz in 2010.

Joaquín Romero Roldán

Graduated in Business Administration and Management from the Public University of Navarra, he has studied negotiation in foreign markets and international marketing at the Chamber of Commerce of Navarra and at the University of Salford (United Kingdom). He is currently manager of the Public University of Navarra. Leer más…

He is also a Trustee of the University-Society Foundation, member of the governing committee of the Navarrabiomed biomedical research institute, of the governing committee of the IDAB Agrobiotechnology Institute and on the board of directors of SIGMA AIE. He has a decade of professional experience in managing cultural institutions. In 2008 he was appointed manager of the Orfeón Pamplonés and in March 2014 manager of the Pablo Sarasate Foundation – Navarra Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Navarre Council of Culture, of the Association of Foundations of Navarre and an economic evaluator of calls for proposals by the Government of Navarre.

Arantxa Arza Lasa

She has a degree in Basque Philology from the Faculty of San Sebastián at the University of Deusto, and began her professional career as a broadcaster at Euskadi Irratia, where she continues today. During these years she has directed several programs and informative spaces. She currently coordinates and presents two weekend programs, Landaberri and Osasun Etxea.
In 2020, she was awarded the Rikardo Arregi journalism award for her work on that last program together with the doctor Felix Zubia.

Performers

Raúl Abentín

«If I could verbalize the dance, I would not be able to dance it, because when my body dances, my mind forgets»

She was born in Alcalá de Henares (1999) and studied at the Carmen Amaya Professional Dance Conservatory in Madrid (2017-2019) and SCAENA, Higher Center for Professional Dance Performing Arts (2013-2017). In 2019 he joined the Valencia Dancing Forward association and in 2021 he joined Dantzaz.

Andrea Aguado

«In my world of constant doubts, dance is a beautiful certainty»

She was born in Madrid in 1999 and studies at the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance Mariemma in Madrid. Upon finishing his studies, he completed his training for a year at the María de Avila Higher Dance Conservatory while he was part of the Wroclaw Opera Ballet corps de ballet under the direction of Jacek Przybyłowicz between 2018 and 2020. In 2021 he joined from the cast of Dantzaz.

Mariona Carrasco

«In dance imagination and reality collide, when dancing a galaxy grows in me that leads me to feel without limits. It is an explosion of pleasure»

Born in Barcelona (1999), she studied dance at the Center de Dansa de Catalunya between 2010 and 2017. After completing her training in 2017, she moved to Romania, where she began her professional career at Teatrul de Balet. Sibyu. In 2020, she works with Equilibrio Dinamico and in 2022 she starts a new artistic stage in Dantzaz.

Filippo Cosso

«Dance is our moment of tranquility and an outlet for our emotions»

Born in Torino (Italy) in 2001, he trained at the Teatro Nuovo Torino (2015-2020). Subsequently, he became part of the Agora Coaching Project Reggio Emilia (Italy) and in 2022 he passed through the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York before arriving at Dantzaz.

Maddi Gaztelumendi

«Dance is a mirror of myself that reflects me connecting with others, provoking an emotion in them»

He was born in Donostia in 1998 and began his training at Studio 84 in Donostia, and completed it at the José Uruñuela Municipal Dance Conservatory in Vitoria-Gasteiz. In 2018 he joined the Anezka contemporary dance company from Alava and since 2020 he has been a member of Dantzaz.

Laura G Latasa

«Teaching me something new about myself every day, dance is the best witness of my growth and my faithful travel companion»

Born in Bilbao (1998), he studied at the Euskadi-Dantzerti Higher School of Dramatic Art and Dance (2016-2018) and then continued at the Andalusian Dance Center in Seville (2018-2020). Since 2020 she is a member of the artistic cast of Dantzaz.

Lara Matea Ivančić

«The best thing of all is knowing how much I don’t know»

She was born in 1999 in Sempeter pri Gorici (Slovenia) and at the age of six she entered the Scuola di Danza di Erica Bront in Cividale (Italy). Subsequently, she completes her training at the Slovene National Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and at the Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in Munich (Germany). Her professional experience starts at the PTL – Plesni Dance Teater Ljubljana and since 2021 she has been a Dantzaz performer.

Lele Mazzella

«Dance allows my inner sun to burn giving me life»

Born in Lacco Ameno (Italy) in 2000, she studied dance at the Accademia Tersicore Brindisi between 2013 and 2019. After completing her apprenticeship, she was part of the Eko Dance Company of Torino (Italy) until joining Dantzaz in 2022.

Noel Quintela

«By moving I become something bigger than myself, the limits become a little more blurred and I can transform things»

Born in Monforte de Lemos (1998), she began her formative stage at the Municipal School of Music and Dance of the Galician municipality. Later, he furthered his studies at the Professional Dance Conservatory of Lugo, the Valencia Conservatory and the Conservatory of the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. Since 2021 he has been a member of Dantzaz, and has collaborated as a performer with Osa + Mujika during that time.

Iñigo Rementeria

«I dance to live and, luckily, I live from dance. It is my escape door and it is my best ally to express myself»

Born in Getxo in 1999, he began his training at the Performing Baccalaureate of the IES Ibarrekolanda in Bilbao. After his passing, he completed his studies at Dantzerti, the Euskadi Higher School of Dramatic Art and Dance and in 2019 he collaborated with Lokke Konpainia. Since 2021 he is a member of Dantzaz.