Luisa Sancho Escanero began studying ballet in her hometown of Zaragoza in Northern Spain and continued under the instruction of acclaimed ballet teacher María de Ávila. She gained her first professional experience at Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds, England, and at Ballett Zürich, Switzerland. She performed as a soloist at Ballet Biarritz, Compañía Metros under Ramón Oller, Komische Oper Berlin, Pretty Ugly Tanz Köln under Amanda Miller, Ballet Madrid, Introdans and Ballettmainz. At the same time, she worked as a freelance artist for international productions at a range of institutions including The Forsythe Company, the Edinburgh International Festival and Cirque du Soleil.
Luisa has been collaborating with Jacopo Godani for several years on the creation of numerous artistic, cultural and educational projects. Her contribution has been to play an essential role in the research which focuses on the development of ideas, concepts and professional strategies that define Godani’s work outside the ballet studio.
As choreographic assistant, she has been responsible for Godani’s creations at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballettmainz, Ballet of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich and the Finnish National Ballet. Based on Godani’s choreographic work and teachings, she has led workshops, given master classes and conducted auditions in Israel, Australia, Spain, the United States, Monaco and Germany.
From July 2015 until August 2018 she has been Artistic Coordinator at the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, collaborating with Jacopo Godani in the areas of dramaturgy, artistic research and coordination, and in creating the company’s program of performances. Since September 2018, she is also the Representative to the Artistic Direction.
She is currently responsible for the educational programs, workshops and master classes at the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company and its educational partners: Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden and Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. At the latter institution, she mentors young dance professionals in the MA CoDE (Master of Contemporary Dance Education) program. Since 2016 she has been a Lecturer in the master’s program Cultural Educational Projects in Schools, at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany.
Luisa has been invited, together with Jacopo Godani, by the Marina Abramovic Institute to participate in their program “NEON and Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) present As One” at the Benaki Museum in Athens. This program focuses on performance art in order to educate and familiarize the Greek public with this contemporary art form. In parallel, Luisa holds regular introductory talks with the general public and at primary and secondary schools and universities about Jacopo Godani’s work and his artistic, pedagogical and philosophical vision.
Luisa holds a master’s degree in Theatre Studies from UNED, Spain’s National Distance Education University, having majored in education and research in the European context with a specialization in intercultural studies. She is preparing for a PhD investigation in Germany.