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MI FAVORITA. José Carlos Martínez's Repertoire


  • Choreography: José Martínez
  • Music: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Costumes: Agnès Letestu
  • Duration: 20 minutes

Any resemblance to existing, well-known ballets is not an accident. The choreographer would like to extend his thanks to: Marius Petipa, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Fred Astaire, Jiri Kylian, Pierre Lacotte, L. Ivanov, C. Brumachon, Patrice Bart, J. Perrot and J. Coralli, H. Lander, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Maurice Béjart… and last but not least, King Louis XIV.

For his first choreography, José Carlos Martinez drew from his experience as a classical dancer. But he breaks loose from the repertory, looking for amusement, turning away from the base through his use of wit.

“The perky, spruced music of ballets in 19th century operas make your body itch to dance. The sequences meant to entertain from Gaetano Donizetti’s La Favorite are particularly dynamic—they’re alive, lyrical, and flowery—and they motivated me to adjust some steps, playing with virtuosity.”

"Dedicated to José Ferrán"

-José Carlos Martínez-