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Cati Arteaga Biography


Cati Arteaga

Cati 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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She studied dance at the National School of Belgrade and, later, with Marika Besobrasova, at the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace de Monte Carlo, finally graduating in classical dance at the Hamburg School of Ballet.

En 1991, she was invited by American ballet director and choreographer John Neumeier to join the Hamburg State Ballet as dancer, where she stood out for her parts as soloist and principle dancer in ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Mahler Symphonies, Romeo and Juliette, Lady of the Camellias and The Nutcracker, among others. Neumeier created original parts for her, such as Ravel Trilogy, Odysee, Bernstein Dances and Udine. During this period, she worked with Mats Ek, Lar Lubovitch, Ivan Liska, Kevin Haigen and the prestigious ballet teacher, Irina Jacobson.

In 1998, she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza, under the directorship of Nacho Duato ane where she danced most of the company’s repertoire, such as Jardi Tancat, Por Vos Muero, Duende, White Darkness, Remansos, Self, Romeo and Juliette or  Tabulae.  She also took the opportunity of working with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Orjan Andersson, William Forsythe, Walter Cammertoni and Nicolo Fonte.

In 2008, she started working as freelance dancer for a variety of International projects and as guest teacher and choreographer for a range of European companies. From 2009 to 2013, she worked for the education and dance department of the British Council in Madrid. In 2018, she took a ballet teaching post in the European School of Ballet in Amsterdam (previously the Dutch National Trainee Programme) under the directorship of Jean Yves Esquerre. There, she worked as assistant to choreographers such as Gioconda Barbuto, Jorma Elo, Jean Yves Esquerre and Olivier Wecxsteen, among others.

She holds a higher degree in Sociology from the UK’s Open University and possesses a Masters in Professional Education from the Francisco de Vitoria University (Madrid).

Yoko Taira Biography


Yoko TairaYoko Taira was born in Oviedo, where she started her ballet classes at the age of five. In 1985 she moved to Madrid to study with Luis Fuente. She danced with his group in different cities of Spain for two years. Later she worked with Marika Besobrasoba, Lola de Ávila, Carmen Roche, Paco Morales and Igor Ivanov, amongst others. Since January 1990 she has been dancing as solo and first dancer under the direction of Nacho Duato in most of his creations, as well as in works of choreographers of international prestige such as Jiri Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Hans van Manen.
In 1989 she finished her studies at the Real Concervatorio de Música y Danza in Madrid, and in 1995 she started to give classes of contemporary dance there, and created two choreographies with her students.   
Since 1996, while continuing to dance at the CND, she has also worked as Choreograph Assistant for its Artistic Director, Nacho Duato. 
In 1999 and 2000 Taira created her first ballets for the Compañía Nacional de Danza’s WorkshopReconstruccionesand Kosamai. Later, she premiered another two works for the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2Érase una vez...(Once upon a time...) (2001) and Ni un Alma (Not a Soul) (2002), and her latest choreographic work is Nasciturus (2003) created for the main company of the CND.

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