Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola / Antonio Ruz

Direction, choreography, performance and direction – musical arrangements Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola
Direction, choreography and performance Antonio Ruz
Light design and technical direction Olga García
Stage and costume design Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola / Antonio Ruz
Recording engineer and sound consultant Lutz Nerger
Duration: 1h40
Special thanks to Andreas Kern for his participation at the piano on Mad world.

Vaivén is coproduced by Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg and the friendly support of Festival de Otoño de Madrid, Sasha Waltz & Guests and L’animal a l’esquena.

Antonio Ruz and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola met in 2006 and have, since then, collaborated in many projects, some their own, some under the frame of Sasha Waltz & Guests. From the shared journey subsequent to that encounter, they have found common affinities and interests, out of which pours a complicity and trust that brings them to submit themselves to each other’s vision and direction to channel artistic desires with a level of intimacy that only such a long term relationship allows.
Vaivén: a dytique in which each solo feeds from the other. A first solo, performed by Juan Kruz, in which he abandons his body to exhaustion, on a quest for the deepest emotion from which to transport that body to a physical state of exaltation and intoxication, of surrender in order to excess as the body’s ecstatic overdose, an addictive and addicted body, as matter, as source of energy and, above all, as an emotional catalyser. The solo performed by Antonio has the voice as its central point, from a body that holds to its integrity as an expressive and narrative tool. Through a repertory of songs from totally eclectic and heterogeneous periods and styles, sung live, the themes of uprooting, of exile, of farewells, of longing, are addressed through a character that appears nomad and homeless, in its literal sense, as much as in a metaphoric and metaphysic one.

Premiere the 4th of November 2014 at Teatro de Central de Sevilla, Mes de Danza. 


Much more than two
Diario de Sevilla. Rosalía Gómez

We were really glad to see last night the sincere dialog between these two great dancers and choreographers, so different from each other; a generous dialog made up of two long parliaments (solos) successively interpreted by Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola and Antonio Ruz. Without being obvious, the movements of both are very defined, very clear, as if at this stage of their careers they did not want to conceal anything to the spectator. And that is very much appreciated, it’s enjoyable.

Intimate landscape of souls in pain
El Mundo. Julia Martín

“…The piece exudes complicity with two autonomous parts that perfectly engaged. Vaivén is one of those jobs of contemporary creation that truly tied to the spectator. It is true that the two authors and interpreters are handled in the field of common resources to this alternative  dance that uses all the disciplines, which puts the interpreter as a sender and receiver of stimuli that superposes scenes without apparent link creating a conceptual tapis. The difference is simply that traps. The objects and the dramatic resources that they use are a means and not an end…”