Members of the Academy

Maya Sein, Jon

Dancer and Choreographer

Jon Maya Sein (Errenteria, Gipuzkoa, 1977). Information Sciences graduate. Dance teacher, dancer, choreographer and director of the Kukai dance company.

He started dancing at the age of six in Ereintza Dantza Taldea dance group in Errenteria. He trained mainly in traditional Basque dance and has designed his projects based on this discipline. Between 1997 and 2005 he wasAurresku champion of the Basque Country on seven occasions.

From 1999 to 2001 he was a member of the LAXOK group, and in 2012 founded the Kukai dance company in which he dances, choreographs and directs, cultivating the boundary between traditional and contemporary dance. Kukai collaborates with various artists (Mireia Gabilondo, Cesc Gelabert, La Intrusa Danza, Pantxika Telleria, Iker Gómez, Jone San Martín, Israel Galván, Logela Multimedia, Marcos Morau/ La Veronal, Oreka Tx, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Juan Mari Beltrán, Carlos Núñez, etc).

Kukai has received many awards, most notably the MAX 2009 Revelation Award, two MAX 2015 Awards for Gelajauziak: Best Musical Score (Sabin Bikendi) and Best Group, and three MAX 2017 Awards for Oskara: Best Dance Performance, Best Group and Best Costume Design (Iraia Oiartzabal). In 2017 Kukai Dantza was the recipient of the National Dance Award.

Jon Maya Sein has been a teacher at Errenteria Musikal music and dance school since 1997 and also teaches in Ereintza Dantza Taldea. He has delivered choreography workshops in the Basque Country and abroad, and he furthermore directs various projects that raise awareness on dance. He manages the project run by Kukai and Errenteria Town Hall and is artistic consultant to BALLET T, a project by Malandain Ballet Biarritz and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.

Jon Maya is a young corresponding member of Jakiunde since November 2016.

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