Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola was born in 1966 in Legazpi, in the Spanish Basque Country. He studied early music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de San Sebastián and the Academie voor Oude Muziek Amsterdam. After training as a countertenor, he switched to dance. Among the artists with whom he has worked with are Pieter C. Scholten, Emio Greco, Arthur Rosenfeld, Luc Dunberry and Lloyd Newson in DV8 Physical Theatre’s Enter Achilles. He has taken part in various internationally acclaimed films as a dancer, actor and choreographer.
He has worked with Sasha Waltz since 1996. He danced in the pieces Allee der Kosmonauten, Zweiland and Na Zemlje, and also conceived their music and part of their composition. He has been seen in many choreographies by Sasha Waltz (Körper, noBody, insideout, Impromptus,Dido and Aeneas, Gezeiten, Medea) and was her assistant choreographer on Roméo et Juliette to music by Hector Berlioz for the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris at the Opéra Bastille.
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola also creates his own pieces: The rest of you (2000) together with the choreographer Luc Dunberry, My Dearest . . . My Fairest (2000) with the Australian musician- performer Joanna Dudley, and d’avant (2002), a project for which he invited the choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Luc Dunberry, and for which he also developed the musical concept. In October 2004, together with Joanna Dudley and Rufus Didwiszus, he premiered Colours may fade with friction read instructions carefully store in a cool and dry place no side effects. His latest creation Ars melancholiae was premiered in February 2008 at Radialsystem V in Berlin.
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola is a regular guest lecturer at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen.
Juan Kruz sur le site de Sasha Waltz and guests