The company arose out of a shared interest in experimenting with different performance languages in order to make theatre accessible to audiences of all kinds. Its aim is to engage in vital, current and committed theatre, firmly connected to reality.
Kulunka Teatro was founded in 2010 in Hernani (Gipuzkoa) by Garbiñe Insausti and José Dault, two actors trained at the Madrid Royal School for Performing Arts who have extensive experience in the world of theatre.
Over the past ten years, Kulunka has made a name for itself among the leading companies in Spain, consolidating its presence and reputation and looking outwards also to the rest of the world. It has given almost 1,000 performances in 30 different countries, and has garnered prestigious awards which attest to its relevance and renown as a company, both in Spain and abroad.
To do this, Kulunka has a stable core of collaborators and incorporates additional partners in accordance with the needs of each individual project.
Important track records inside and outside our borders
After earning an acting degree from the Madrid Royal School for Performing Arts in 2007, José Dault continued his training with Philippe Gaulier, Mar Navarro, Will Keen, Arianne Moushkine, Andrés Lima, Alfredo Sanzol, Alvaro Tato, Veronique Norday and Yayo Cáceres.
He has worked as an actor with Gato Negro, Centro Dramático Aragonés, Tranvía Teatro, Perez de la Fuente Producciones, LaSed Teatro and Focus. In 2010 he founded his own company: Kulunka Teatro.
Co-author, actor and producer of "André & Dorine" and "Solitudes" / Co-director of "Edith Piaf, Taxidermy of a Sparrow.”.
Garbiñe Insausti studied Dramatic Arts at the Madrid Royal School for Performing Arts, Music Therapy at the UNED (Spanish Open University) and trained as a specialist in voice pathologies at the University of Alcalá. She then continued her training at Teatro de la Abadía and the TNT in Seville, with maestros such as Mar Navarro, Hernán Gené, Carlos Aladro, José Luis Gómez, Veronique Norday, Ricardo Iniesta and Alfonso Zurro, and in France, Italy and Poland with Philippe Gaulier, Arianne Mouchkine, Antonio Fava and The song of the Goat.
She has worked for companies such as Imprebís, Yllana, Atalaya and Gato Negro, among others. In 2020 she founded her own company: Kulunka Teatro, with which she has toured over 30 countries worldwide.
In 2017 she was short-listed for the MAX Awards, winning Best Lead Actress for her work in EDITH PIAF, Taxidermy of a Sparrow. She combines her work in the theatre with her enthusiasm for singing, and has collaborated with many famous artists, including Kepa Junkera, Iñaki Salvador and the Batumi Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, among others.
Producer, co-author, actress and creator of the masks used in "André & Dorine" and "Solitudes" / Actress in "Edith Piaf, Taxidermy of a Sparrow".
Iñaki Rikarte has a degree from the Madrid Royal School for Performing Arts. He has acted with the CDN and CNTC, working with directors such as Ernesto Caballero, Eduardo Vasco, Alfredo Sanzol, Fernando Bernués, Ana Zamora and Ignacio García May. In the Basque Country, he regularly collaborates with the theatre company Tanttaka and has directed a dozen or so shows for different groups, including: Joven CNTC (El desdén con el desdén), Kulunka Teatro (André & Dorine, Solitudes, QuitamiedoS) and Teatro Paraíso (Pulgarcito, ÚniKo).
He was short-listed for Best Lead Actor at the Max Awards 2018 and for Best Set Direction at the Max Awards 2020, and won the ADE's 'José Luis Alonso' Award in 2020 for Best New Director.
Co-author and director of "André & Dorine" and "Solitudes" / Author and director of "QuitamiedoS".
In 2010, he joined the Kulunka theatre company to help create André & Dorine. He continues to tour both with that production and with Solitudes, visiting over 30 different countries and receiving many prestigious awards and accolades.
Actor and co-author of "André & Dorine" and "Solitudes".
Rolando San Martín is a theatre, circus, dance and performance director and playwright. He has worked for many different companies and producers, including Yllana, Tragaleguas, Teatro Español, Cía. Ana Pasadena, Kulunka Teatro, the National Drama Centre, Teatro Circo Price, Si Acaso Teatro, Cía. Psirc and Cía. Mono Habitado, among others. He is co-founder of the company Twisting the Balance.
Over recent years he has directed over 30 circus, theatre and performance shows, several of which have won awards, including the Max Award for New Shows in 2008, for Desde lo Invisible, First Prize with Silbatriz Pons at the 2014 Bilbao Act-Festival, for Episodio 08, and Best OFF Show alongside the Circo Deriva company at the TAC Festival in Valladolid, for Ya es tiempo de hablar del amor.
Assistant director and co-author of "André & Dorine" and "Solitudes".
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Actor in “Edith Piaf, Taxidermy of a Sparrow” and “André y Dorine”.
She has worked as an actress in various CDN productions with Andrea D'Odorico, as well as with different companies and groups, including: Cuartoymitad Teatro, Sleepwalk Collective, Alberto Cortés and Grumelot. She has also collaborated with La Fura dels Baus in several of its performances.
She is currently a member of the company La Intemerata, with which she has created and produced Una novelita lumpen by Roberto Bolaño, La donna immobile (Prize for Best Performance and Best Show at the X Cenit Awards) and Lucientes and Aleluya Erótica by F.G. Lorca.
In the television world, she has appeared in the series Cuéntame, La que se avecina, Centro médico and El comisario.
Since 2015, she has collaborated with Kulunka Teatro as an actress in "André & Dorine".
Actress in "Edith Piaf, Taxidermy of a Sparrow".
Since 2018 she has collaborated with Kulunka Teatro as an actress in "Solitudes".
Actor in “QuitamiedoS”.
Actor in “QuitamiedoS”.
Ikerne Giménez studied History at Deusto University and has a degree in Set Design from the Royal School for Performing Arts in Madrid. She has worked as a set and costume designer with theatre directors such as Will Keen, Ernesto Caballero, Mathias Simons, Carles Alfaro, Alfredo Sanzol and Miguel del Arco, collaborating in private and public productions with the National Drama Centre, Teatro Español and the National Classical Theatre Company.
She won the ADE (Stage Directors' Association) Adriá Gual Costume Design Award for Avaricia, lujuria y muerte (CDN 2009) and the Max Award (2010) for Best Costume Design for the same production. She also won Best New Company at the Max Awards in 2007 for her artistic work in Desde lo invisible, and the Fetén Prize for Best Set Design in 2016 for Circo de la luna.
Costume designer for "André & Dorine" / Set and costume designer for "Solitudes", "Edith Piaf, Taxidermy of a Sparrow" and "QuitamiedoS".
On-tour lighting designer and technician for "André & Dorine" and "Solitudes".
Lighting designer for "Edith Piaf, Taxidermy of a Sparrow" and "QuitamiedoS".
Yayo Cáceres is director of the theatre, comedy and music company Ron Lalá. He has directed all the company's shows, the most recent being Juan Rana (2020), two editions of the massively popular Don Juan in Alcalá (2018 and 2019), Crimen y telón (2017; José Estruch Award for Best Show and Best Director) and Cervantina (CNTC/Ron Lalá, Max Award for Best Musical Show). He also co-directed Los empeños de una casa by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Young National Classical Theatre Company, 2018). In addition to Ron Lalá productions, he also directed Tragedia de Macbeth (RESAD, 2019), Todas hieren y una mata (2019), Comedia multimedia (2016) and Ojos de agua (2014) by Álvaro Tato, Mestiza (2018) by Julieta Soria, Holly is good by Javix Bakman and Equívoca fuga by Daniel Veronese.
As a musician, he has released four solo albums and has performed extensively in America and Spain. He has published a book Yendo / Entre orillas (published by Autografía, with a prologue by Juan Diego Botto and illustrations by Óscar Grillo) and has composed, adapted, performed and directed music for both films and plays by the companies Yllana and L´Om-Imprebís (among others). He has also worked as a studio and live musician for Teresa Parodi and Antonio Tarragó Ros.
Music composition for “André y Dorine”.
He also won the 2018 Max Award for his work in the Kulunka theatre company's play Solitudes, directed by Iñaki Ricarte and was nominated for the 2016 Max Awards for the music he wrote for Los hermanos Karamazov, directed by Gerardo Vera.
He has worked for theatre under directors such as Miguel Narros, Natalia Menéndez, Ernesto Caballero, Luis Luque, Iñaki Rikarte, Salva Bolta, David Serrano, Juan C. Pérez de la Fuente, José Luis Gómez, Gerardo Vera, Carol López, Ana Zamora and Alfredo Sanzol, among others.
He has also worked for many different dance companies, with choreographers such as Sharon Fridman, Enrique Cabrera (Aracaladanza), Marcos Morau (La Veronal), Ángel Rojas (Nuevo Ballet Español), Carlos Martínez (Denada Dance Company), Mónica Runde (10&10Danza), Iván Pérez (NDT), Patrick da Bana and Jean Charles Gil. Some of his compositions have been premièred with the Spanish National Dance Company (CND), Carte Blanche (Norway), Wiener Staatsballett (Austria) and Ballet d'Europe (France).
Music composition and sound space for "Solitudes" and "QuitamiedoS".
Ozkar Galán is a commissioned playwright with extensive experience writing both original and adapted texts. He is the author of over thirty plays and is a regular presence on Madrid's alternative theatre scene. He currently teaches theatre theory at Dantzerti, the Basque Country's official School of the Performing Arts.
Author of "Edith Piaf, Taxidermy of a Sparrow".
Fernando Soto is a director and actor and has a degree in Dramatic Arts from the Madrid Royal School for Performing Arts (1992).
He has worked as an actor in many productions at Teatro de la Abadía, the National Drama Centre and Teatro Español, among others.
In the world of film, he has worked with directors such as Daniel Monzón (Celda 211), Paco León (Kiki), Ángeles González Sinde (Una palabra tuya, La suerte dormida), Imanol Uribe (Miel de Naranjas), Alberto Rodríguez (After), Eduardo Chapero Jackson (Verbo), Julien Leclerq (The Informant) and Alex de la Iglesia (Balada triste de trompeta).
As a director, his works include La Estupidez by Rafael Spregelburd, Drac Pack by Najwa Nimry, Carlos Dorrego and Emilio Tomé, Constelaciones by Nick Payne, El minuto del payaso by José Ramón Fernández, Babilonia by José Ramón Fernández, Las Cervantas by Jose Ramón Fernández and Inma Chacón, Trainspotting by Harry Gibson, Bailar en la Oscuridad based on the film by Lars Von Trier, Autopsia by José Manuel Mora, Rulos and Prohibido besar by Ángeles González Sinde, Hámster by Santiago Cortegoso, and La virtud de la torpeza and Delirare by Cristina Redondo.
He is the director and co-author of the show Mejorcita de lo mío, and of Al final todos nos encontraremos, a collective creation scheduled to be performed at Teatro de la Abadía.
Co-director of "Edith Piaf, Taxidermy of a Sparrow".
José Sánchez Velázquez studied dramatic arts and set design at the Madrid Royal School for Performing Arts, graduating in 2008.
Since 1986 he has worked professionally as an actor, animator, puppet master and technical assistant for many different theatre companies, including Gorgona Teatro Urbano, Estudio Albahaca and Teatro de la Luna, to name but a few.
The company's production assistant.
Mikel Insausti has spent most of his career promoting and working towards a more sustainable economic model, first at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Brussels, Brasilia and Asunción, and later at the Kutxa Foundation (San Sebastián), where he managed the Kutxa Ekogunea centre. He has published dozens of opinion pieces and articles in the Basque media, collaborating with both radio and the written press, and his love of travel, photography and writing prompted him to publish his first book in 2020. He currently manages the Kutxa Literary Awards and Kutxa Foundation publications. He has been Kulunka's USA Tour manager since 2018.
The company's manager in the USA.
The company offers distribution, show production, event management and project development services within the fields of theatre and culture.
It operates in a customised and highly professional manner, guaranteeing a reliable, responsible service at all times.
Everything it does is informed by its deep-rooted need to care for and respect the artistic essence of the shows it promotes and develops, not only in order to offer high-quality products, but also to foster the audience's interest and promote culture and art.
The cooperative's overarching purpose therefore not only includes educational and cultural elements, due to the services it offers, but also has a social component, due to the protection it offers its members.
Technical service for "André & Dorine" and "Solitudes".