EYAS Dance Project

Who we are

EYAS Dance Project is a contemporary dance company and artistic production hub that was founded in 2018 by co-directors, creators and dancers Carlos González and Seth Buckley.

Carlos González and Seth Buckley are multidiciplinary and transgressive artists that don’t play by the rules; they rewrite them. With a fearless spirit and determination to question the status quo and a integrative vision of dance, their creations aim to connect to the audience by creating heartfelt, innovative and pleasurable experiences through striking and immersive performative proposals.

They share their language through producing cultural events, teaching and on stage, creating for their own company and for choreographic commissions. All in service of contributing to a fresh vision of dance relating to our healing bodies, the cultivation of pleasurable experiences, and an exploration of the quantum paradigm.”

What sets them on fire is the depth of their creations, where they research choreography and improvisation with sensitivity, playfulness and passion, impregnating their bodies with limitless fantasies, contagious groove, powerful physical states and vibrational content.

Creating safe spaces for dancers and artists, EYAS promotes anti body terrorism, holistic and ethical practices in their creations, workshops, and cultural events. Their goal is to contribute to a more conscious, diverse, joyful and fair profession.

Trayectory

EYAS presents a hybrid model company, between author and repertory, an innovative and fresh structure that focuses on creating and commissioning dance works on a national and international level.

Since its foundation, EYAS has presented works in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Taiwan, USA, Sweden and Spain, in festivals such as Madrid en Danza, MASDANZA, Festival Dansa Valencia, Abril en Danza, Festival Dantza Hirían, Menorca en Danza, Tendance Festival (Latina, Italy), Festival Trayectos, FIND Festival (Cagliari, Sardinia) among others. The company has also received various awards from prestigious choreographic competitions such as the Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, MASDANZA, and the Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid.

With more than 40 performances over the last 2 years, and a total of 5 nominations at the Valencian Performing Arts Awards 2022 and 2023, the company has been mentioned in SusyQ magazine as one of seven emerging talents with the greatest projection in Spain’s contemporary dance sector.

Manifesto

“Where Passion Meets Purpose”

We are an organization that supports female and LGBTQ+ creators and focuses on actively disrupting the systemic oppression around body diversity that is perpetuated in dance companies, institutions and schools around the world. By honoring physical differences, we want to break free from the normative canons surrounding who and which bodies ‘belong on stage’. We approach the body without judgment and strive to eliminate all forms of body terrorism within and outside of the studio.

Since the founding of our dance company, our work has been informed by our research on topics and themes surrounding gender, sensuality, feminism, sexual diversity, anti ‘body terrorism’ and ethical working practices. Our artistic work is coloured by and envisioned through a Queer lens. We are interested in the freedom of researching a full expressive range of possibilities and fantasies within the body and beyond matter.

We believe in horizontality. Within our professional working environment, we take into account all human aspects of our entire team such as feelings, needs, insecurities and/or medical specifications. We practice conscious and transparent communication and positive reinforcement with all our collaborators. We vehemently reject harmful, oppressive and fear-based tactics that 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 never be a traumatic experience. Dancers who experience body shaming from teachers and mentors, frequently carry that trauma with them throughout their education and professional careers, where the oppression is often upheld by choreographers or directors.

We focus on humanity as the basis of how we work. This approach merges with our artistic vision, where vulnerability and honesty in the interpretation of our dancers are cultivated, and are a primal source that feeds our artistic language.