She was born in Algeciras (Cádiz). Begoña began her professional career in the European Ballet of London, later moving back to Madrid to join the cast of Pascal Touzeau in Ballet Madrid Dance Company and later with Juan Carlos Santamaria.
She has participated in different productions from Teatro Real (Madrid) under the direction of Robert Carsen, Philippe Giraudeau, Alessandra Panzavolta and Yoko Taira and more recently with Deustches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg with Christoph Marthaler.
She has worked the repertoire of prestigious choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Angelin Preljocaj, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, and Wim Vandekeybus.
Currently working as a freelance in different companies both nationally and internationally:
-Muriel Romero & Pablo Palacio dance company, which investigates the development of new technologies and choreographic techniques: “Stocos”,”Phantom Limb “.
-Unterwegs Theater Heidelberg, Germany, under the direction and choreography by Jai Gonzales.
-The company “La Pharmaco”, choreographed by Luz Arcas with whom she has released her latest work “La voz de nunca”, inspired by Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.
-Elephant in the Black Box Company directed and choreographed by Jean Philippe Dury which also features repertoire of Nacho Duato. Company where she combines her work as a dancer with assistant choreographer: “Cel Black Days”, “Memoires Oubliees” and “Remanso”.
As a choreographer she created in 2012 together with Mar Rodríguez the piece fETCH, awarded in the XXVI Choreography Contest of Madrid (2012) with two choreographic residencies (La Gomera, Larumbe Danza); finalist in the second edition of Sabadell Choreography Competition (2013) and Jury Prize to Best Choreography at 18MASDANZA International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands (2013). They also received within 18MASDANZA, the Sortutakoak residence that takes place at Dantzagunea (Guipuzcoa, Basque Country).
MAR RODRÍGUEZ VALVERDE
Mar was born in Almería. She obtains her Professional Education Degree in Classical Dance at the Royal Conservatory of Dance “Mariemma” of Madrid (2006). After her studies she began working in the Ballet de Teatres (Valencia Region, Spain) participating in productions such us Sleeping Beauty by Goyo Montero, Lago by Ramon Oller or the program Duatox3 by Nacho Duato.
In 2012, she received a degree in Choreography and Performance from the Conservatorio Superior de Danza “María de Ávila” in Madrid, obtaining the Extraordinary Final Project Award along with Begoña Quiñones for their project fETCH.
While obtaining her higher education at the Conservatory María de Ávila, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival (North Carolina, US) and the Melt Festival (organized by Movement Research in New York City) for her outstanding performance during Madrid’s 24th Annual Choreographic Contest (2010). She has also danced leading roles with Dani Panullo Dance Theater Co.; she works as a freelance in Ava Dance Company under the artistic direction of Avatâra Ayuso in many productions. Some of them have been released at the European Centre for the Arts Hellerau (Dresden, Germany) and more recently “Provisional Landscapes” which was premiered at Sadler Wells (Lylian Baylis Studio).
As a choreographer Mar has created fETCH together with Begoña Quiñones and a solo work titled “La Mecánica Secreta del Cuerpo”. Her solo work was semifinalist in the Talent Madrid Contest of 2013. fETCH meanwhile, received the Jury’s Choice Award to Best Choreography XVIIIMASDANZA Choreographic Contest (2013) and has been scheduled in different festivals such as Madrid en Danza, Trayectos (Zaragoza), Cadiz in Dance, among others.
As a teacher she teaches contemporary dance when working for companies AVA Dance Company and Dani Pannullo Dance Theatre Co., and during 2013-2014 courseshe was one of the faculties from Professional Dance School of Castilla y Leon led by Juan Carlos Santamaría.
DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCE EDUCATOR
Spanish dancer, choreographer and teacher. She comes from an eclectic dance formation in Spain, Germany and EEUU, built on different techniques such as Ballet, Folklore, Flamenco, Modern Jazz, Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, releasing techniques, somatic practices and Contact-Improvisation. She obtained her degree in Spanish Dance in 1997 by the Conservatory of Madrid “Mariemma” and her degree in Performance and Choreography of Contemporary Dance in 2012 by the Conservatory of Madrid “María de Ávila”. Her path along the conservatory led her to perform various repertories from Itzik Galili, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Jiří Kylián, Wim Vandekeybus, Shlomi Bitton and Angelin Preljocaj. Her Final Study Project was a “theory in practice” based work about Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and their application in dance educational and artistic contexts. She has recently finished her Master in Contemporary Dance Education, established at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Exploring Butoh for seven years created a shift in her later artistic and choreographic expression.
Her master thesis “Embodying images: Exploring movement and perception in imagery-based dance practice on the example of butoh” deals with the use of images in the current Contemporary Dance stream from the critical and practical perspectives of butoh.
Her dance experience is mainly placed in the Contemporary Dance field, even though it is also meant for other artistic contexts such as opera, film and theater. Her artistic interests meet her current collaborations with Jean-Philippe Dury, Begoña Quiñones & Mar Rodríguez, Muriel Romero & Pablo Palacio, Larumbe Danza and Christoph Marthaler. She further more is involved in Dance Education, working for several BA Dance Programs and Dance Conservatories in Spain, Finland, Germany and Switzerland, focusing mainly in Contemporary Dance Techniques and allied practices, Composition and Improvisation Techniques, while trying to conciliate the actual scene with existing long-life technical frames.