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Anael Martín

Anael Martín. CND Repetiteur

She worked under the artistic direction of Alicia and Fernando Alonso at the Cuban National Ballet, a company where she spent twenty-five years as lead soloist, teacher and repetiteur.
Throughout her career she worked with teachers such as Fernando Alonso, Karemia Moreno, Aurora Bosch, Loipa Araujo, Josefina Méndez, Mirta Pla, Azari Plisetski and Hugo Guffanti. She danced the whole classical repertoire of the company and collaborated with a number of Cuban choreographers such as Alberto Méndez, Alberto Alonso, Iván Tenorio and international choreographers including Antonio Gades, José Antonio Ruiz, Maria Rovira, Brian Mc Donald, Máximo Morricone and Hilda Riveros, opening her repertoire to folklore, neoclassic and contemporary choreographies.

With the Cuban National Ballet she travelled to over fifty countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe, dancing at famous theatres such as the Bolshoi and Marinsky in Russia, the Champs Elysées in Paris, the Colón in Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan Opera House and the Kennedy Center in USA, among others. She also participated in many Cuban and international dance festivals.

Since 2001, after moving to France, she collaborated with the Blanca Li Company as a teacher and choreography assistant in mises-en-scène at the Paris Opera.
During four years she was the artistic coordinator and teacher of classical ballet at the Andalusian Dance Centre (CAD) in Seville.
She was invited as a teacher at the Opera of Dessau, Germany, during two seasons, with the National Dance Company directed by Nacho Duato, the National Dance Centre of Paris, the Opera of Lyon, the Finnish Ballet, José Carlos Martínez and soloists of the Opera of Paris. She has taught courses at all of the professional dance conservatoires of Andalusia and twice at the National Dance Company directed by José Carlos Martínez.
In September 2015 she joined the National Dance Company directed by José Carlos Martínez as a repetiteur.

José Carlos Martínez Biography

  • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA (SPAIN)

  • COMMANDEUR DE L'ORDRE DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES (FRANCE)
  • NATIONAL DANCE PRIZE 1999 (SPAIN)
  • CND Artistic Director. José Carlos Martínez. Portrait: Dcropie
  • 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, including: 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 and the 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 his 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, some of whom created pieces specially for him. On invitation, he has also featured as guest performer with many of the world's most prestigious ballet companies.

As a choreographer José Carlos Martínez is behind many creations. For students of the Paris Opera Ballet School he created Mi Favorita (2002), Delibes-Suite (2003) and Scaramouche (2005). For the Paris Opera Ballet itself he created Paréntesis 1 (2005), Soli-Ter (2006), El Olor de la Ausencia (2007), Les Enfants du Paradis (2008) and Scarlatti pas de deux (2009). For the Shanghai Ballet he created Marco Polo and the Last Mission (2010). For Compañía Nacional de Danza de España he has created Sonatas (2012), Raymonda Variations, Don Quixotte Suite (2015) and La Favorita (2017). He also created Resonance (2014) for the Boston Ballet.

José Carlos Martínez is also behind the CND's first full-length classical ballet for 20 years: his own version of Don Quixote, which was premiered at Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid, on December 16th 2015 and has been ever since touring through Spain and abroad with a huge success and unanimous praise from reviewers. In 2018 he will premiere his version of Nutcraker, which Pas de Deux of Second Act was pre-staged last October 14, 2017 at Centro Niemeyer, Avilés.

José Carlos Martínez has been the Artistic Director of Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza de España since September 2011. 

Artistic CND Staff

Portrait José Carlos Martínez

JOSÉ CARLOS MARTÍNEZ

Artístic Director

Portrait Cati Arteaga

CATI ARTEAGA

Master Ballet

Portrait Anael Martín

ANAEL MARTÍN

Master Ballet

Portrait Elna Matamoros

ELNA MATAMOROS

Master Ballet

Portrait Yoko Taira

YOKO TAIRA

Master Ballet

Elna Matamoros

3 elna matamoros cnd equipo artisticoNació en Madrid en 1972. Realizó sus estudios de Ballet Clásico con su madre, Carmina Ocaña, y posteriormente en Nueva York con Wilhelm Burmann, entre otros. Titulada con Matrícula de Honor en exámenes libres por la Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático y Danza de Madrid y Master of Arts por la New York University, Department of Music and Performing Arts, con becas de la Comisión Fulbright y de la propia universidad.
Desde 1992 ha impartido clases en centros públicos y privados dentro y fuera de España y cursos de metodología y estilo en diversos conservatorios. Fue maestra y asistente coreográfica del Ballet de Víctor Ullate y profesora de Teoría e Historia de la Danza en el Conservatorio María de Ávila, en Madrid; mantiene además una estrecha vinculación con la Escuela de Ballet Carmina Ocaña.
Paralelamente ha desarrollado su experiencia en el mundo de la danza con conferencias y trabajos de investigación, comités de evaluación y colaborado habitualmente en publicaciones especializadas. Es autora del libro Augusto Bournonville, Historia y Estilo (Akal, 2008) y responsable de la coordinación y edición de Carmen: Gades, 25 años (Fundación Autor, 2008). Desde 2007 es asesora de danza de la Fundación Loewe. En su blogwww.onceuponachacena.com recorre y comenta las diversas artes desde el prisma del profesional de la escena.
En 2002 ingresó como maestra de ballet en el Ballet Nacional de España; a lo largo de los diez años que ha permanecido allí trabajó con coreógrafos como Antonio Gades, José Granero, Pilar López o José Antonio. Desde la temporada 2012-13 es maestra de ballet en  la Compañía Nacional de Danza bajo la dirección de José Carlos Martínez.

Cati Arteaga

Cati ArteagaCati Arteaga was born in Madrid, where she began her classical ballet studies at Carmina Ocaña’s Dance Studio, later moving on to study under Carmen Roche.
In 1985 she obtained a First Class Honours in the Official Academic Certicate as issued by the Royal School of Dramatic Arts and Dance, the Certificado Académico Oficial de la Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático y Danza. That same year she joined the Ballet Clásico Nacional, then directed by María de Ávila, perforforming in numerous pieces by choreographers of the calibre of Balanchine, Petipa, Tudor etc. 
With the arrival of Nacho Duato as the artistic director of Compañía Nacional de Danza, Cati Arteaga continued to perform many of Duato’s pieces as well as those by other renowned choreographers such as Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, and many others.
In October 1999 she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 as a repetiteur under the artistic direction of Nacho Duato.
In September 2012 she starts as Ballet Master in Compañía Nacional de Danza de España, under the direction of José Carlos Martínez.

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