Elena Saenz

Elena Sáenz actress

Elena Saenz, actress, poet, artist, filmmaker

dam to dam

An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed film by Spanish born London based actress Elena Sáenz, exploring the story of a woman who goes on a trip looking for her love, DAM TO DAM initiates her audience into a poetic and hightened visual experience that encourages a cross-pollination of the spectatorship.
— Women Cinemakers

GERNIKA

James D’Arcy (“Master and Commander,” “Cloud Atlas”), Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Maria Valverde (“Exodus”) star in “Gernika,” a love story set against the infamous bombing of the Basque village, immortalized in Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica.”


The film marks the sophomore outing for Basque director Koldo Serra, who debuted impressively with ‘Backwoods’.
— VARIETY
  • THE TIMES, DEIA, FOTOGRAMAS

MÍRAME CUANDO TE HABLO

‘Mírame cuando te hablo’ is a hard punch on the stomach, a brutal push and almost murderous to those who practice sexist violence. On the stage, Elena Saenz and Daniel Arranz strike up a unique and remarkable battle through contemporary dance.
— DEIA Newspaper
A performance mixing theatre, video and contemporary dance about gender violence, minimalist in its aesthetic, and physical as well as poetic, inspired on the music by Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Roy Orbison or Ray Charles, with performing actors on stage being Elena Sáenz and Daniel Arranz.
— FUNDACIÓN SGAE
A contemporary dance piece showing the power relationship in a couple where the woman is a victim of this violence. An aesthetic show, but not trivial or banal.
— BILBAO ESZENA Magazine
A dance and theatre project created by Eva Guerrero, about sexist violence, with minimalist aesthetics and an educational point of view.
— EUROPA PRESS

DRIVE THRU

The Jung Bo Kyung Dance Project Company, which is named after its director, the Korean choreographer and dancer of international prestige and pioneer in innovating the physiognomy of Korean dance from 2007, presented “Drive-Thru”, a series of inter-disciplinary performances that explore the scenographic elements of film techniques on the stage and the contextual presentation of migration, memory and relations through diverse means such as video-art, Scandinavian music and contemporary Korean dance.
— ARRIAGA THEATRE
  • EUROPA PRESS, 20 MINUTOS, TEATRO ARRIAGA

LOS JÓVENES NO SABEN LO QUE ES LLORAR NI PASARSE LA VIDA CORRIENDO

El jurado destacó de su trabajo la originalidad, belleza y humanidad de los conceptos que maneja. En su fallo subrayó ‘el compromiso físico de los intérpretes’, la sencillez y precisión de la dramaturgia y el carácter perdurable de la impresión que causa el montaje al espectador.

The jury emphasized the freshness, beauty and humanity of the work. They highlighted the “the performers’ physical commitment”, the simplicity and the drama accuracy, and the long-lasting impact that the show caused into the audience.
— El País Newspaper
Jury members decided to give the award for the Best Theatre Show to “Los jóvenes no saben lo que es llorar ni pasarse la vida corriendo”, by Elena Saenz and David Quincoces, because of its “originality and freshness, a beauty and profoundly human concept; its truthful, generous and exhaustive physical commitment; a simple, precise and outstanding drama; an innovative connection between the reality and the character; and a long-lasting and meaningful impact.”
— ARTEZ Magazine
Los jóvenes no saben lo que es llorar ni pasarse la vida corriendo, by Elena Saenz (aka Elena La Dolorosa) and David Quincoces, shows life as a path full of encounters, absence, falls and turns back.
— ARTEZ Magazine
  • YMIT Website, GARA Newspaper, ARTEZ Blai, BILBAO Website, LA FUNDICIÓN Website, ACT FESTIVAL Magazine

OBJETIVO MACBETH

GOAL: MACBETH, GOAL ACHIEVED.
— Carlos Gil, 'ARTEZ Magazine'
  • GARA, ARTEZ, EL PAIS, DIARIO VASCO, PREMIOS MAX

1 + 1 = 1

1+1=1, performed by Elena Sáenz and Nuria Pérez, will open the festival. This performance shows threaded dance movements, an always present tick-tack, a path from the beginning till the end, where neither questions, future or past exist, nor a present moment either.
— ARTEZ Magazine
  • EL PAÍS, BERRIA, UMORE AZOKA Magazine, BILBAO ZIRKUITOA, LA FUNDICIÓN, KONTAINER, ARTEZ

METÁFORA. EL CIRCO OLVIDADO

‘Métafora, el circo olvidado’ (Metaphor, the forgotten circus), by Zero, with young actors and actresses, has the innocence of a first work; a cascade of concepts, texts and images with its own particular fresh air, coherence and consistency. This work comes from a company with a lot of creative energy. At the moment, they look like the great revelation of the festival.
— GARA Newspaper
Best show goes to ‘Metáfora, el circo olvidado’, by Zero Teatro, because of the magic of its images, the understanding of space and the positive energy, which is presented at the service of poetic stage language.
— GARA Newspaper
The company Zero Teatro has been awarded for its show ‘Metáfora’, because of its beautiful images and poetic contribution to the stage arts.
— DEIA Newspaper
‘Metáfora’ tries to disrupt because of its emotion. It is not trivial, flavourless art, not art to consume, but skin to skin communication instead, furious words that want to transfer the responsibility of being an active audience.
— ARTEZ Magazine
  • UMORE AZOKA Magazine, BAD Magazine.

PALM GROVE TALES

The play captures the spirit of the novel: lust for life between two mysteries, birth and death.
— NARTHAKI Website