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).


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.