The Kennedy Center



The Donostia based company, Aukeran DK, came together in 1997 through the initiatives of dancer and choreographer, Edu Muruamendiaraz. Since then the company has embarked on a long and fuctiferous trajectory reflected by their various productions and tours.

The mixture between traditional and contemporary dance is defined by a choreography that breaks, changes, slows down or restructures the rhythm and rules of traditional music and dance.

The company has put forward many innovative creations since they began their artistic life: in 2001 they presented their first production, “Sutargi”, which toured Euskadi, Castilla la Mancha, Cataluña, Murcia and France, acclaimed by critics and public alike; in the summer of 2003 they showcased “Izena duen guztia omen da” at the Kursaal in Donostia. That production helped their consolidation as a company, after travelling to Manila to dance at the “Cultur Center of Philippinesen.”

In 2006 they presented “Bideak” at the Donostia theater later receiving the public prize for best show in the Azpeitia Theater Journeys. For their tenth anniversary (2007) they produced a show from their most acclaimed choreographies and they tour Euskal Herria. “Gernika, danza sobre lienzo” (2009) is debuted at the Donostia Victoria Eugenia Theater and in 2011 it is represented in the three Basque Community capitals along with Euskadi’s youth orchestra. The tour that followed through Argentina and Uruguay also received a warm welcome from the public.

The company’s last show, “Burnia”, debuted in 2011 is a coproduction among Aukeran Dantza Konpainia and the Arriaga Theater.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/1/2016: Klaperttarrak & Aukeran

Trikitxa accordionist Manu Iturregi and his friends are coming to demonstrate the Basque festival staple of kalejira, with the band Klaperttarrak and the Aukeran dance company. The choreography is a blend of traditional and contemporary Basque dance, using stylized traditional dress.

Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of States starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.