The new resident dance company at Auditorio de Tenerife, Lava, started its auditions today, Monday, 28 to choose six dancers to make up their dance group. Tests will go on tomorrow, Tuesday, 29 and will then be held in Madrid on 30 and 31. 144 candidates have applied.

Dancer Daniel Abreu, Premio Nacional de Danza 2013, is the artistic director of the new company, which will start working in September to take part in both Festival de las Artes del Movimiento FAM [Movement Arts Festival] and Festival de Tenerife, where they will put on their first piece.

Auditions started today with a classic dance warm-up, led by dancer Charo Febles. A contemporary dance class will be held tomorrow at 09:30 am. In Madrid, the headquarters of Compañía Nacional de Danza will welcome more candidates on Wednesday, 30, and Thursday, 31 at 09:30 am.

The tests consist of a technical class, an improvisation, composition, a dramatized reading and group work. The decision-making process also includes a personal interview with each dancer.

On Thursday, after finishing the tests, the selection committee will evaluate and discuss the candidates. The six artists chosen to become part of the new resident company at Auditorio de Tenerife will be announced in early June.

The evaluation committee includes Daniel Abreu, dancer and artistic director of Lava; Natalia Medina, director of Canaries Contemporary Dance International Festival (Masdanza); Natividad Buil, director of the Festival Trayectos Danza en Paisajes Urbanos, and Enrique Camacho, artistic production manager of Auditorio de Tenerife.