COMPAÑIA NACIONAL DE DANZA
JOSE CARLOS MARTINEZ, Artistic Director
José Carlos Martínez began his ballet studies in Cartagena, under Pilar Molina, continuing in 1984 at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes. In 1987, he won the “Lausanne Prize” and joined the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 1988, he was personally selected by Rudolf Nureyev to join the Ballet Company of the Paris Opera as a corps de ballet dancer. In 1992, he was promoted to Principal Dancer and won the Gold Medal in the International Competition of Varna. On 27th May 1997, he was appointed “Etoile” of Paris Opera Ballet, the highest category a dancer can rise to.
During his career José Carlos Martínez was awarded numerous prizes such as the "Prix de l ‘AROP", the "Prix Carpeaux", the "Premio Danza & Danza", the "Prix Léonide Massine-Positano", the "Spanish National Dance Prize", the "Gold Medal of the City of Cartagena", the "Prize “Elegance et Talent France/Chine”, Scenic Arts Prize for the best dancer (Valencia), “Benois de la Danse” for his choreography “Les Enfants du Paradis”, Prize “Dansa València”. He is Commandeur de l ́Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). Jose Carlos Martinez ́s repertoire as a dancer is characterized by the famous choreographies of classical and neo-classical ballet. Apart from that he has worked with most of the important choreographers of the 20th Century such as Maurice Bejart, Pina Bausch, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, many of them creating on him. As a guest he has performed with many of the world ́s most prestigious ballet companies.
As a choreographer José Carlos Martínez created “Mi Favorita” (2002), “Delibes-Suite” (2003), “Scaramouche” (2005) for students of the Paris Opera Ballet School, “Paréntesis 1” (2005), “Soli-Ter” (2006), “El Olor de la Ausencia” (2007), “Les Enfants du Paradis” (2008) for Paris Opera Ballet, “Ouverture en Deux mouvements” and “Scarlatti pas de deux” (2009), “Marco Polo, the Last Mission” (2010) for Shanghai Ballet, “Sonatas” (2012), “Raymonda Divertimento” and “Giselle pas de deux” (2013) for Compañía Nacional de Danza de España. José Carlos Martínez has been the new Artistic Director of Spain's “Compañía Nacional de Danza” since September 2011.
Photo : Carmen ©Jesus Vallinas
Choreography : Mats Ek
Assistants : Mariko Aoyama and Ana Laguna
Music : Fleshquartet
Sets and costumes : Peder Freiij
Lights : Erik Berglund
Length : 44 minutes
Premiere the May 16th 2014 at the Teatro Central de Sevilla
"I watch a lot of film and theater. And look at a lot of art. But what's important to me most is reading the newspaper, watching my children, watching animals move in the park, watching the traffic - things that are not meant to be seen. Social staging, as such, is very rich". Mats Ek
Choreography : Johan Inger
Assistant choreographer : Urtzi Aranburu
Music : Rodion Shchedrin and Georges Bizet
Original additional music : Marc Álvarez
Costume design : David Delfín
Dramaturgy : Gregor Acuña-Pohl
Scenography : Curt Allen Wilmer
Lighting design: Tom Visser
Length : 90 minutes
World premiere by the Compañía Nacional de Danza at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), 9th April 2015
When Johan Inger from Sweden was commissioned by the CND to arrange a new version of Carmen, a work of a markedly Spanish character, he saw himself up against a huge challenge but also a great opportunity. His approach to this universal myth would have to bring on something new. To this end, Inger decided to focus on the issue of violence, approaching it with a pure, uncontaminated view... that of a child. Based on this viewpoint, Inger creates a character who prompts us into watching everything happening before us through innocent eyes, while at the same time we witness the transformation of that bystander.