Eva Yerbabuena was born in Frankfurt in 1970, but returned to her parents’ homeland, Granada, when she was two weeks old. She formed her company in 1998 since when she has choreographed six award winning shows: Eva (Eva, 1998), 5 Mujeres 5 (Five Women Five, 2000), La Voz del Silencio (The Voice of Silence, 2002), A Cuatro Voces (Four Voices, 2004) and El Huso de la Memoria (The Spindle of Memory, 2006), Lluvia (Rain, 2009), Cuando yo era… (When I was… 2010), Federico según Lorca (Federico according to Lorca, 2011). The company also has three assemblage pieces in their repertoire: A Cal y Canto (2005), Santo y Seña (2007) and Yerbabuena (2009).
Eva has travelled the world with her company. The first flamenco dancer invited to perform in the Sydney Opera House, she has also performed in Paris’s Theâtre de la Ville, London’s Sadler’s Wells and Barbican Theatre, the New York City Center, Opera de Dusseldorf and Sao Paolo’s Teatro Municipal. Recent country tours have included Brazil, Chile and the United States and city dates Seoul, London, New Delhi, Lima and Tokyo.
Yerbabuena’s work draws on the teaching of her maestros: Enrique ‘El Canastero’, Angustillas ‘La Mona’, Mariquilla, Mario Maya and Johannes García, who taught her choreography and movement in Cuba. Pina Bausch has also been a decisive influence.
Before forming her company she collaborated with many figures in the flamenco world. Her professional career began in 1985 in Rafael Aguilar’s show Diquela de la Alhambra. She then joined Paco Moyano’s company, taking roles in Ausencia, A Tomar Café and De Leyenda. Guest appearances with major flamenco figures included Mario Maya, Merche Esmerelda and Manolete, Javier Latorre and Joaquin Cortés, and went hand in hand with commissions outside flamenco. Carolyn Carlson commissioned a piece for the 1999 Venice Bienal.
In 2001 Eva was invited by Pina Bausch to dance in Wuppertal (Germany) at her company’s 25th anniversary celebrations alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marie- Claude Pietragalla and Ana Laguna. Since then, Eva has performed annually at Wuppertal.
In 1997 she made her first screen appearance in Flamenco Women (1996), a documentary by film-maker Mike Figgis. She worked with him again in Hotel (2001) and the same year appeared in Stomp’s award-winning IMAX Pulse (2001). In 2008 she performed in the Teatro Español’s gala homage to Pedro Almodóvar. In 2010, she worked with Carlos Saura in his forthcoming Flamenco,
Accolades and awards have included the Premios Flamenco Hoy critics’ award for the best bailaora of 1999, 2000 and 2001; Time Out’s award for London’s best female dance performance of 2001; the Seville Bienal de Flamenco’s Giraldillo award for Best Bailaora and Performer in 2002 and Best Dance in 2006; MAX Stage Arts Awards as best female dancer in 2004, 2005 and 2010, when, for the second time, she won the Max for the year’s best dance show. Lifetime honours include the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s Premio Nacional de Danza in 2001, the Andalusian Medalla de Cultura in 2007 and Premio Compás del Cante, which cited her ‘lifetime achievement, transmission and international projection of her art’ in 2010. Most recently, she has been awarded with MAX Stage Arts Awards as best dancer in Federico according to Lorca and best spectacle with When I was…
After one year of absence due to the birth of her second daughter, Eva Yerbabuena came back on tour with different performers in November 2012. The company visited India and started a national and international which takes them over different American, French and Spanish cities. After closing down 17th Festival de Jerez, she performanced with her new show in 10th London Flamenco Festival, Ay!.