Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola was born in Legazpi, Spain. After completing his musical studies at the Conservatorio de Música de San Sebastian, he started a degree in countertenor at the Akademie voor Oude Muziek in Amsterdam, where he began his singing career.
His encounter with Marcelo Evelin in Amsterdam, as part of his dance show Muzot, changed his vision of his relationship with physicality and led him to explore his body as a tool and vehicle for his emotions. After working with a large number of artists and choreographers, including P.C. Scholten, Emio Greco, Arthur Rosenfeld and Lloyd Newson, he met Sasha Waltz in 1995. Waltz invited him to create Allee der Kosmonauten, a project that marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration lasting until 2022. In addition to his contribution as a dancer and performer, during these years he took on artistic and musical responsibility for several of her works, as well as being Sasha Waltz's rehearsal director and artistic assistant.
On the strength of these experiences, he has found his artistic line as a choreographer and director by fusing his favourite arts, music and dance, constantly exploring the link between these two disciplines and continually questioning the role of music within theatrical creation.
A firm believer in and defender of authentic artistic collaborations, he develops his projects in line with this: he invites Luc Dunberry, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damian Jalet to take part in and co-direct his 'avant' project.
His most recent works include III with violinist Midori Seiler and dancer Martí Corbera, Re-fracción (desde mi ojos) with flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena, Carnarción with dancer and choreographer Rocío Molina and El Niño de Elche. Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola teaches and often gives workshops and masterclasses around the world and is also a guest professor at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany.