Avatâra Ayuso is Artistic Director and choreographer of AVA Dance Company. She graduated in Ballet and Linguistics in Spain before studying at London Contemporary Dance School. She was part of the D.A.N.C.E. programme where she worked under the artistic direction of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Frédéric Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. She has a Postgraduate Degree from Palucca Schule Dresden and has completed leadership training with the Open University and the Clore Leadership Programme.
Avatâra founded AVA Dance Company in 2008. Her artistic practice aims to overcome eurocentrism, by promoting cultural exchanges among artists. In her most recent projects, she has collaborated with artists from Burkina Faso, Japan, Senegal, Taiwan, Morocco and Nunavut (Canadian Arctic). Avatâra has created and produced both short and full length productions, and has been commissioned by several institutions around the world. She is Associate Artist at the European Centre for the Arts Hellerau Dresden, Associate Company of Creative Academy Slough. She was nominated for the UK National Dance Awards 2015. Avatâra is Associate Artist of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance (UK) and Associate Residence Artist 2019 at the Teatro del Lago in Chile.