OtraDanza is a contemporary dance company founded in 2007 by the dancer, choreographer, and teacher Asun Noales. It is born with the intention of enhancing the body as a primary language in creation, with the desire to transmit through the ethereal trace of the flesh. Two main efforts of the troupe are the will to diminish the line that separates the audience from the dancers – each choreography has to be a shared journey – and the construction of OtraDanza as a new space of debate and proposals where the artistic collaboration of choreographers can add value and bring new views to this art.
Since its inception, OtraDanza has created both self-produced works (the trilogy formed by the pieces Back, Ara and Tattoo, the child-oriented Eureka, Tierra or Da Capo) and coproduced ones (El Gran Banquete, commissioned by Villena’s Chapí Theater, or Mater, prepared for the Festival Medieval de Elche). The activity of the company has been several times awarded with institutional distinctions – Premios de las Artes Escénicas de la Generalitat Valenciana – and has been recognized by the Red Nacional de Teatros as well.
The dance company has performed at many occasions, places, and festivals such as Madrid en Danza, Danza Gijón, Dansa València, Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), Tanzmesse (Dusseldorf), Schrit_Macher (Aachen) or the Harris Theater (Chicago). Other cities where the company has also been presented include Tegucigalpa, Managua, San Salvador, Seúl, Lima, Buenos Aires, Tirana, Nicosia, Sofía, Anagnia, Tesalónica, and Karlsruhe.
Apart from its artistic side, OtraDanza’s educational task is a core aspect within the company. On the one hand, it carries out training programs to foster the knowledge exchange among dancers, students and professionals of other disciplines. On the other, OtraDanza serves as a platform to promote education(al)-based and artistic-related projects whose goal is to disseminate dance, connecting the company to the place where it is based, Elche, and its surroundings. OtraDanza plays an active role in its endeavor to meet all spheres of society by regularly holding round table discussions, organizing master classes, bringing top professionals to its workshops and crash courses and reaching collaboration agreements with museums and festivals. In this sense, Dansa per a tots (‘Dance for everyone’), Proyecto GoOD (‘GoOD Project’) and Festival Abril en Danza (‘April in dance Festival’) are three of the most important projects of the company in terms of training and promotion of the contemporary dance.
Since the year 2008, OtraDanza has its workplace at L’Escorxador CCE in Elche.