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Laia Santanach


Choreographer, dancer and educator based in Barcelona She currently directs her own company under her name.


She has created the solo Ballant Ballàvem, premiered in 2016 and still touring, and in 2017 she presented Rèplica, with a short version premiered at the Mercat de les Flors.


In 2019 she premiered the creation ÀER, currently on tour and in March 2022 she premiered her latest creation TRADERE, premiered at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona.


Her creations have toured Spain, France and Italy, Netherlands and have received the support of institutions such as the Ballet National de Marseille, the Mercat de les Flors and the Teatros del Canal, among others.


Winner of several awards such as the Delfí Colomé Award 2018 for ÀER, candidate for the MAX Awards as the best choreography for ÀER and finalist of the Dansacat Awards in the category of sound space for ÀER. Nominated to the XXV Critics Awards as best choreography and best National Dance Show for TRADERE. Award for best performer for Dancing Danced in 15m2 Festival in 2023. Award for support to creation for NOW in the festival Mit s 2017, residency award Tanzhaus Zürich in the Certamen coreogràfic de Madrid 2019 for Vaivé and finalist of the Premis Institut del teatre 2017 for Rèplica.

As a choreographer, she has choreographed part of Mòbilus by the visual theatre company Addaura, finalist of the MAX 2016 and HIRAETH awards, and Endless Blue together with the audiovisual artist Ignasi Castañé for Cobosmika Seed's, 2019 and 2021.


She has provided choreographic assistance to several circus companies such as Du'K'To with his first show Cafuné, directed by Pau Portabella and with the same director, E'go de la cía. Dikothomia with the award for the best street show in Umore Azoka Leioa.

Also the attendance of the show LEK of the company Siu'giu 'Circus and Via Via of the company Circooltura. Recently she has realized the external view of the show A rienda suelta of the cia. Du'K'to.


In 2016 she created the Festival Menorca a Dansa, which she continues to co-direct.


As a dancer she has worked with several companies since 2005 such as Pla B Dansa (Arantxa Sagardoy and Alfredo Bravo), Trànsit Dansa (Maria Rovira), Gelabert-Azzopardi, Vero Cendoya, La petita Malumaluga, Pepe Hevia Dansa, Idan Sharabi, Elephant in the Black Box (Madrid), Teresa Nieto en companyia (Madrid) and with stage directors such as Àlex Rigola (Teatre Stabile del Veneto), Carmen Portacelli, La Fura del Baus and Comediants among others.


As a teacher she has taught classes and workshops at Àrea, ESDM, Escola de circ Rogelio Rivel, nunArt, Menorca a Dansa, Descalzhina (Madrid), Cobosmika Seeds, Dass project (St. Petersburg) and has been teaching for 6 years at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona.

She currently teaches in the dance and creation classroom at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


As complementary information, she has studied piano and saxophone at the Taller de Músics de Barcelona.

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