Kanpai is created following the reunion of Natalia De Miguel and Jorge Jáuregui Allue in 2016, after having developed their professional careers between London and Brussels.
Their first stage work White Lies was presented with a more immersive approach for the public at the Festival Danzamos 2016 Conde Duque Cultural Center in Madrid and at the San Telmo Museum Church in San Sebastián, show of the end of residence of Sortutakoak 9, Dantzagunea Gipuzkoa creation help. It was subsequently premiered at the BAD Festival in Bilbao in autumn 2017 and was part of the 30th anniversary of the HebelHalle Theater in Germany, sharing programming with works by artists such Jan Fabre and Sumpei Nemoto.
Kanpai’s second work, One way ticket, is a street piece created with the support of Aterpean and premiered within the Dantza Hirian 2017 festival, Bayonne-San Sebastián.
Their next piece, Clara, was a co-production of Azkuna Zentroa Cultural Center in Bilbao and Dansateliers in Rotterdam. It premiered at the Rotterdam Schouwburg as part of the Moving Future festival in March 2018 and it inaugurated the festival Gutun Zuria, the Bilbao International Literature Festival, in April 2018.
Another stage work is Sayonara Baby, with the collaboration of Mikel Aristegui and the live music of Niko Hafkenscheid, Belgian composer author of the show’s original music. It was premiered at the BAD Festival in 2018 in Bilbao.
In autumn 2019 Kanpai was invited to create a choreography at the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal EDCM, within a program of cultural collaboration between the governments of the Basque Country (the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa-Dantzagunea, Tabakalera, Dantzaz, Etxepare Institute) and Quebec. The work No trace was presented within the framework of the Danses de la mi-chemin festival, Wilder building, from December 11 to 14, 2019 in Montreal.
Their last stage work to date is Lathe biósas, a contemporary dance duo with live music. It features the musical composition of the Belgian composer Niko Hafkenscheid. It was premiered in November 2020 at the Arriaga Theaterin Bilbao.
These works have been presented in several theatres and festivals in Spain, France, Holland and Germany.
Kanpai has been supported by Arriaga Theatre Bilbao, The Injuve Institute, CCN Ballet Biarritz, Dantzagunea, the Department of Culture of the Basque Government, Azkuna Zentroa, Tabakalera and Bilbao Eszena.
She began her training in Rhythmic Gymnastics and continued her studies of ballet, contemporary dance and theatre in Bilbao and later in Barcelona, where she also studied Audiovisual Communication University Studies.
In 2012 she graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School, The Place.
She has worked, among others, with choreographers Ramón Oller, Guido Tuveri, Rosemary Lee, Sasha Roubicek and Rick Nodine.
In 2012 she works as a dancer, choreography assistant and teacher at the company Caracalla Dance Theater, Beirut.
In 2013 she joined the Punchdrunk company and the National Theater in London to be part of the production The Drowned Man-A Hollywood Fable.
In 2015 she completed the Yogaworks teacher training program. Yoga Alliance, Tokyo.
Natalia teaches classes and workshops in various centres and companies: Dansateliers Rotterdam Choreographic Center / Caracalla Dance Theater Beirut / Caracalla Dance School Beirut / La Fundición Bilbao/ BAI Theatre school Barakaldo / Ballet Laborategia San Sebastián / École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.
Always interested in the creation, she has created scenic and video dance works that have been presented in several theatres and festivals in Spain, London and France: 2014 Pathways (Video dance), 2013 The life of the oaks, 2012 Distorted frustration of distant communication (Video dance), 2012 Exposure.
In 2016 she co-founded, along with Jorge Jauregui Allue, Kanpai.
He has a degree in Contemporary History from the University of the Basque Country and has studied international cultural cooperation at the Interarts Foundation, Barcelona.
Jorge began his dance training in 1997. In 2001 he moved to Barcelona where he participated in several productions of La Intrusa.
He is part of Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus from 2004 to 2010. In 2014 he returns to Ultima Vez on the occasion of the revival of What the body does not remember, on tour until the end of 2015.
Between 2009-2016 he starts a new phase and combines works as an interpreter, teacher and choreographer. He is co-founder of Ember, along with Laura Arís, a structure that develops a wide pedagogical trajectory and produces shows in unconventional spaces from 2009 to 2012.
He has directed and choreographed different scenic works: Impostura, 2011, ARTIUM Museum of Contemporary Art Vitoria. The Darling Scenes, 2013, joint creation with Eleonore Valere, co-production of La Balsamine theater in Brussels. Aguirre, 2015 Artort / HebelHalle, Heilderberg.
He regularly teaches classes and workshops and has performed international choreographies:
PARTS, summerworkshop / La Raffinerie, Brussels / Ultimavez Studio, Brussels / DELTEBRE Dansa / El Barco, San José de Costa Rica / ZPA (Agrebacki PlesniAnsambl), Zagreb / SEAD, Salzburg / Lyon Conservatory / Cobosmika Seeds / Compagnie Marchepied, Laussanne / Dantzaz Company / Studio 303, Montreal / Circuit Est, Montreal / Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich / Laundry at the Vapore, Turin / Marcel Leemann physical dance theater, Bern / Collective Revuelo, Santiago de Chile and Concepción.
In 2016 he created with Natalia de Miguel, Kanpai.