Dantzerti has a clear meaning. The name, made up of the Basque language elements Dantza (dance) and Antzerti (theatre), immediately highlights the school's purpose and idiosyncrasy.
A name also intended to recall the emergence of the first modern movement to focus on theatre in the Basque language, Antzerti, with the publication of a journal of the same name featuring a host of newly created dramatic texts, as well as translations into Basque of the classics, from Sophocles to Shakespeare.
In the 1980s the Antzerti performance school was set up with the goal of continuing this pre-war movement.
Dantzerti thus aims to champion the coexistence of dance and theatre, and also to revive, preserve and continue the efforts of those pioneers of Basque dramatic output in the Basque language.
In fact, bearing in mind the close relationship between theatre and dance throughout cultural history, one may reasonably deduce that these are both very closely related, sibling disciplines.
Dance, like theatre, has the function of conveying and recounting stories, with a different stylisation from drama, through rhythm and movement. Theatre, like dance, arranges choreographies in which the characters speak in words, but also inevitably through expression and bodily movements.
Combining both title and essence, then, our school is named Dantzerti.