EYAS DANCE PROJECT is a contemporary dance company that was founded in 2015 by co-directors, choreographers and dancers Carlos González and Seth Buckley. Our goal as artistic directors is to share our own creative language and also enrich our work by collaborating with different international dancers, choreographers, musicians and other artists that we admire and that inspire us.
Since its foundation, EYAS has presented works in numerous theaters, festivals, competitions and other events in Europe and Asia. In July 2018, after several years working in Germany, we moved our company to Madrid, where we continue producing and developing our work. We are dedicated to sharing our language through performance, choreography and teaching.
Our proposal as a company is a physical and sensorial dance, which does not need a dramaturgical or theatrical thread as an essential resource. We believe in the ability and power of pure dance to speak and transmit on its own. We work with the interpreters as a team and enjoy challenging the limits and habits of the dancers, encouraging research, introspection and continuous reinvention.
Our interest as choreographers is in pure movement research and we approach our creations from a physical world. We focus on layering information into the choreography, using tools such as fantasies, textures, form, sensations, changing physical stories, volume, gestures, delicacy and explosiveness. We aim to enrich the skills of the interpreters and encourage exploration of a broader physical experience that is capable of connecting with others using our body's natural empathic proprioception, through the magic that happens when the audience is observing the dancers experiencing a physical or emotional sensation.
We are a queer contemporary dance company that focuses on actively disrupting the systemic oppression that is perpetuated in dance companies, institutions and schools around the world. By honouring physical differences, we want to break free from the normative canons surrounding who and which bodies ‘belong on stage’. We approach the body without judgement and strive to eliminate all forms of body terrorism within and outside of the studio.
We believe in horizontality as a professional working environment, where we take into account all human aspects of our entire team such as feelings, needs, insecurities and/or medical specifications.
We practice conscious transparent communication and positive reinforcement with all our company. We vehemently reject harmful, oppressive and fear-based tactics, that have extremely negative impact on the lives of many dancers, and are still so often used in academic and professional dance spheres around the world.
We trust that receiving a formal dance education or being a professional dancer should not be a traumatic experience. Dancers who experience body shaming from their teachers and mentors, frequently carry that trauma with them throughout their education and professional careers, where the oppression often keeps being upheld by their choreographers or directors. Although we are a dance company, we believe dance education institutions are just as much in need of reform as professional institutions.
We focus on humanity as a basis of how we work. This approach merges with our artistic vision, in which vulnerability and honesty in the interpretation of our dancers are cultivated and are also the main source that feeds our artistic language in creations and stage.