LAIA SANTANACH.

Laia Santanach is a choreographer, dancer and pedagogue resident in Barcelona with more than 12 years of experience. As a choreographer she has created several commissioned works since 2013 such as “1714” with the support of ICUB and Lavinia or “Now” by Cobosmika Seed’s, winner of the Support for the Creation Award at the MIT’S 2017 festival and choreographed part of the show Móbilus the Visual Theater Company Addaura, finalist of the MAX 2016 awards.  

In 2014 she started directing her own pieces “Ballant Ballàvem”, co-directed “Vaivé” with Miquel Barcelona, recipient of the Tanzhaus Zürich Residency Prize at the Choreographic Competition of Madrid, both pieces performed at the Festival Sismògraf 2017 and co-directed in collaboration with Roser Tutusaus “S’he” recipient of the Caldera Residency Prize, GRUA.

Laia Santanach is the artistic director of the Menorca Dance Festival created in 2016. She is the winner of the Delfí Colomé Prize for her new project Àer (2018).

Àer.

A contemporary dance and electronic music that rethinks the traditional Catalan folk dance ‘Contrapàs’

Àer is an ambitious project designed for four performers on stage, three dancers and a musician.
Àer is a piece of contemporary dance and electronic music that rethinks the traditional Catalan folk dance of the “contrapàs” with its music from a current, personal, and subjective perspective, understanding it as an existential, structural, and social reference for the moment.

 The “contrapàs” is a series of Catalan dances that danced until the 19th century and that were the origin of the ‘sardana’. According to some authors, the origin could be in the ancient Greek tragedies and could be related to dances in the circle of the Iberians.

Àer reflects on the origin and execution of the “contrapàs”, of religious origin, of solemn and executed character, originally according to what some experts say only by men. Àer has been the winner of the third edition of the Delfí Colomé Award.

                     

Tour.

2020

7 Mar: ÀER – Auditori Llinars del Vallès


13 Mar: ÀER – Barcelona Districte Cultural – Quinzena Metropolitana


20 Mar: ÀER – Barcelona Districte Cultural – Quinzena Metropolitana


22 Mar: ÀER – Teatre Principal-Arenys de Mar


4 Abr: ÀER – Barcelona Districte Cultural


17 Apr: ÀER – Barcelona Districte Cultural


16 Apr: Ballant Ballàvem – Castelló


29 May: Vaivé – Zürich


7 Jun: Ballant Ballàvem – Vila-real Dansa

2019

15 Feb: Pelegrins – Gran Teatre del Liceu, Foyer (BCN) Choreography Miquel Barcelona


4-7 Mar: Creación Cobosmika Seed’s (Palamós) – Colaboration with Ignasi Castañé


6 Mar: Ballant Ballàvem – Auditorio de LLinars del Vallès


17Mar: Vaivé – St.Cugat del Vallès – La Quinzena-Co-creation with Miquel Barcelona


18 Apr: Ballant Ballàvem – Biblioteca del Vendrell


26 Apr: ÀER – Work in progress – Sismògraf 2019 (Olot)


29 Apr: Ballant Ballàvem – Biblioteca de Viladecans


3 May: Pelegrins – Cal Bolet (Vilafranca del Penedés) Choreography Miquel Barcelona


4 May: Vaivé – Corbera d’Ebre – NILAK – Co-creation with Miquel Barcelona


9 May: Ballant Ballàvem – Biblioteca de Valls


4 Jun: Ballant Ballàvem – Biblioteca Xavier Amorós, Reus


8-9 Jun: Vaivé – Vila-Real en Dansa – Co-creation with Miquel Barcelona


28 Jun: ÀER – Jardins Castellarnau, Dansàneu


29 Jun: ÀER – Dansàneu 2019
29 Jun: ÀER – Castell de Montjuïc


18-21 Aug: ÀER – Residency Ésdansa


21 Aug: ÀER – Ésdansa 2019


4 Oct: ÀER – A cel Obert, Tortosa


6 Oct: ÀER – Fira B, Mallorca


11 Oct: ÀER – Fira Mediterrània de Manresa


12 Oct: ÀER – Onadance, Palamós


24 Oct: ÀER – Festival Dansat, Barcelona


25 Oct: Vaivé – Festival DanSat, Barcelona with Miquel Barcelona


21 Nov: ÀER – Centro Cívico la Barceloneta


13 Dec: Ballant Ballàvem – Escoles Velles, St. Pere de Riudebitlles


02-19 Dec: Hiraeth – Creation for Cobosmika Seed’s Red Mar 

Press.

“LAIA SANTANACH IS A SEASONED CONTEMPORARY PERFORMER, VERSED IN EVERYTHING TO DO WITH FLOW, SPIRALLING MOVEMENTS AND THE EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM AND RISK THROUGH IMPROVISATION”
Jordi Ribot Thunnissen
“…THE PERFORMERS EMBODY A FORM OF PERPETUUM WALK HOLDING THE ENERGETIC FIELD IN CHECK, IN A CEREMONIAL TEMPO THAT VERY MUCH RELATES TO THE RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND OF THE PIECE…”
Claudia Brufau
SPRING BACK MAGAZINE
“UN VIATGE TEIXIT A TRAVÉS DE DINÀMIQUES CONTEMPORÀNIES QUE PROJECTA LA FORÇA ANCESTRAL DEL RITUAL.”
Claudia Brufau
RECOMANA
“SANTANACH PENETRA LES PRÒPIES INTERIORITATS MÉS PERSONALS I VIVENCIALS AMB LA FINALITAT D’ACTUALITZAR-LES I, ALHORA, CONTRAPOSAR-LES A LA CONTEMPORANEÏTAT A PARTIR DE LA MÚSICA ELECTRÒNICA, QUE TÉ UN PAPER DESTACAT A L’ACTUACIÓ.”
Maria Moreno Viladrich
NÚVOL