Choreographers Natalia de Miguel and Jorge Jauregi of the Kanpai dance company will be heading to Montreal for an art residency to develop a new piece called No Trace. The residency is part of the second edition of a collaborative project between several institutions from Quebec and Gipuzkoa.
The main purpose of the project is to further creative development and to promote the artistic perspective of choreographers. The institutions involved in the project are: the Ecole de Danse Contemporaine (EDCM), the Conseil des Arts et des Letres (CALQ), Tabakalera (International Center of Contemporary Culture), Dantzagunea (dance institute of the Regional Council of Gipuzkoa), Dantzaz Company and the Etxepare Basque Institute.
On February 2019, the institutions put out a call for local choreographers, and the company of Jaurergi and de Miguel was selected. They will develop No trace along with students from EDCM Montreal who are about to end their studies to become professional contemporary dancers. The final piece will be shown from December 11th to 14th at the Les Danses de la Mi-chemin festival. De Miguel and Jauregi will be at the capital of Quebec preparing this half-hour show.
Due to the reciprocity of the project, and after a previous call made in Quebec, choreographer Louise Bedard worked from January to March 2019 at Tabakalera (San Sebastian) and Dantzagunea along with Dantzaz Company. The result of that work was premiered at the Niessen Auditorium in Errenteria and will be part of the complete work to be presented by Dantzaz Company in autumn.
The most important aims of the programme are to help the professional development of artists and to promote their work; to offer artists new tools for improvement; to promote exchange between creators from Gipuzkoa and other cultures; to promote artists from Gipuzkoa and their work internationally, and to create networks for artistic production.
One of the Etxepare Basque Institute’s task is to promote the work of contemporary Basque dance creators around the world, both spreading local choreographers’ projects and helping them with the creative process. Next year, the Institute will bolster this initiative as a complement to the cultural programme being carried out in Quebec in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Quebec and the Basque Country.