Born in Spain, she graduated at Escuela Oficial de Danza del Gobierno de Navarra. She danced for the Yauzkari Company before she moved to Brussels in 1996. She attended the two years dance programme of P.A.R.T.S. first cycle.
In 1998, she became a member of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas. She danced in the Rosas creations such as: Drumming, Achterland, I said I, In real time, Rain, April me, Bitches Brew, Mozart concert Arias, Kassandra, Raga, D’ un soir un jour and Steve Reich evening. In the season 2002 she was awarded with a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for sustained achievement as a performer. She danced and contributed to the creation of Rosas pieces for more than 15 years. She became the Rehearsal Director of Rosas repertory projects for the following companies: Paris Opéra for Rain in 2011, 2014 and for Drumming in 2017 , Opera de Lyon for Drummingin 2015 as well as the Rosas Company from 2015 to 2017. In 2019 and 2020 she was part of Rosas creative team for West Side Story at the Broadway as a choreographic assistant.
She has been invited as a guest choreographer to La Salle Singapore and CDC Toulouse, Compañia Fueradeleje and Dantzaz Company.
In 2011 she founded the House of Bertha Collective and premiered their first piece White Noise in 2012. Since 2013 she is part of the PHD in one night project. In 2018 she choreographed El Silencio de las Flores for the Prize Principe de Viana.
She teaches Rosas Repertory, composition and technique workshops worldwide: Theater School in Amsterdam, CNDC Angers and the Festival Deltebre, Rosas Company, Les ballet C. de la B., the Ballet de Marseille, P.A.R.T.S., Ultima Vez Company,TIC TAC art Center, ImPulsTanz Festival, Artesis, Charleroi/Danses, Thor Company, La Raffinerie TicTac Arts Center and Conservatorio superior de Madrid.
She is co-director of La Faktoria Choregraphic Centre in Pamplona with International training program and residency program where she teaches and creates her own work.
In 2021 she co-found TRY International Training and Research Program for Young dancers in Lucca and she is the Artistic director of the Project.
Release Technique – Enjoying the Laws of Motion
The workshop is based on the main premises of Release Technique.
The terms verticality and gravity are introduced from the very beginning of the warm-up to develop the relationship of the mover with the floor and gain awareness of total alignment. The focus is on the head-neck connection as initiation for any action. The importance of using the real weight of the extremities, pelvis and thorax will be explored. Self-perception of movement is the main goal in changing previous physical habits, in order to use new perimeters that will help us renounce extra muscular force. We will delve into active integration of mind and body and the investigation of your own thought process to open new ways of communication with other bodies in space. This class is an approach to the body as an open system, a physical machine that endures the laws of motion. The three golden laws of Inertia, Reciprocal actions and Impulses are there to help us dance and enjoy the intensity of our movements.
Tools for a Thinking Body
After working more than a decade with and for the same choreographer I realised that I had to challenge and reinvent myself each time we would be involved in the creation of a new piece. If we visualise the creation of a dance piece as a puzzle – and if as a dancer you would like to be an active piece on the board – you need to be a thinking body that changes, transforms, translates the basic material and is able to surprise herself or himself.
During these weeks of work we will deal with Space and Time alterations. The first few days we will learn a basic phrase, which will be the vocabulary used to build all the changes. Real time composition throughout improvisational sessions will be proposed to open up ideas of interaction. Thus we will be able to transform the fixed dance material in time and space with different tools provided in form of games.
The last day of work we will summon all the material created and try to make the skeleton of a dance piece to give everyone the chance of performing it to each other and having the sense of continuity this work should have. The final goal of the workshop is to share the base of my own experience as a performer and give different guidelines and suggestions to the participants of when and how to use these principles of transformation and composition.