2020 Vision #3: Eva Recacha

Eva is a Choreographer who lives and works in London. Eva has been an associate artist at The Place and is a graduate of Sadler’s Wells Summer University.

Eva Recacha. Photo by Camilla Greenwell

Eva’s work explores the use of text in dance, blending words and movement to create meaning in a technical exercise. Her interest in creating a movement language based on rhythmic behaviour and spatial relationships was evident in her critically acclaimed works Begin to Begin and The Wishing Well.

She began her choreographic career in UK in 2010, taking a break between 2015 and 2017 due to becoming a mother. 

Eva has been commissioned to create work for the stage by Sadler’s Wells, The Place, Festival Santa Susana (Spain), EDge, and London Contemporary Dance School, as well as site-specific work by DanceXchange, Bloomberg SPACE, Opera Estate Festival Veneto, (Italy) and Fundació LaCaixa and Festival Trayectos (Spain). 

Eva was a Place Prize Finalist in 2011 and 2013 and has won the public prize three times. She has been recipient of the Marion North Mentoring Award (2014) and was subsequently mentored by Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta. 

Eva’s work has appeared in Time Out’s Best of the Year and has been presented across the UK and at various festivals in Europe. 

Her latest work, Aftermath (2018), a Sadler’s Wells commission, is an introspective look into the challenges of motherhood in relationship to the notions of identity and value.

Eva is currently developing a new non-narrative work for children in collaboration with fellow artist Lola Maury, a solo on the iconic UK performer Lauren Potter, and a new all-female group piece for the stage.

Eva Recacha's pick for 2020 Vision

by Rosemary Lee & Peter Anderson

Eva says: "In boy I saw my childhood dream; action, solitude, nothing and no one to worry about, a certain lack of self-consciousness, and the freedom of feeling non-gendered. 

"I’ll explain what I mean by feeling ‘non-gendered’. In Spain where I grew up, you can refer to any group of human beings using a male pronoun. Male is the default, the norm, the neutral all encompassing term.  If you use a female pronoun the gender has been defined, set apart; it is non-inclusive. If you want to be free to be anyone, you have to be a ‘he’. ‘He’ gives you the power to be anything, ‘she’ only gives you the power to be female. 

"I saw boy in my twenties, and it has since grown on me in unexpected ways. It has helped me reflect on the history of my longing for a different experience that has a different gendered body as a protagonist. With time, I have come to embrace my female gender with its burdened historical baggage; lesser status, fewer rights, fewer accomplishments in the books of history, science, art, and plenty of struggle for equality. Now boy and I are not one, but two, and I feel we can walk hand in hand." 


2020 Vision is our celebration of screen dance curated by the artists who will take part in the opening programme of The Dance Space next year, as well as the South East Dance team and our Welcome Project Community Steering Group.  

Read an introduction to 2020 Vision from our Artistic Director, Cath James, here.


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