José Carlos Martínez Biography
José Carlos Martínez
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA de España
COMMANDEUR DE L'ORDRE DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES (France)
NATIONAL DANCE PRIZE 1999 (Spain)
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 will will be pre-staged next October 14 at Centro Niemeyer, Avilés
José Carlos Martínez has been the Artistic Director of Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza de España since September 2011.