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José Carlos Martínez


The dancer and choreographer José Carlos Martínez (Cartagena, 1969) has been the Director of the Compañía Nacional de Danza since 2011. After winning the Prix de Laussane in 1987, he joined the corps de ballet at the Paris Opera Ballet School, where he went on to become Principal Dancer and Danseur Étoile –the highest category in ballet hierarchy.

He was awarded the Premio Nacional de Danza (1999) and has worked as a dancer with the majority of the great choreographers of his time, several of whom have created ballets especially for him, including Roland Petit, 1994, William Forsythe and Mats Ek.

As a choreographer, his creations are part of the repertoire of the Paris Opera and the San Francisco Ballets. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse –considered the Oscar of dance– for Les Enfants du Paradis for the Paris Opera Ballet.

To conclude, Antonio San José will ask José Carlos Martínez to come up with three proposals that, in his opinion, may help to improve society. The conversation will be accompanied by the projection of videos and images relating to our guest’s career.

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