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Yoko Taira portraitYoko Taira was born in Oviedo, where she began her ballet studies at the age of five. In 1985 she moved to Madrid in order to study with Luis Fuente, in whose group she danced for two years in a number of cities around Spain. Later she worked with Marika Besobrasoba, Lola de Ávila, Carmen Roche, Paco Morales and Igor Ivanov among others.
In January 1988 she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza (then known as the Ballet Lírico Nacional) where she has performed many roles in both classical and neoclassical ballet.
From 1990, under the artistic direction of Nacho Duato, Yoko Taira has danced as a soloist and lead ballerina in the majority of her pieces as well as performing work by other internationally renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, and many others.
In 1989 she finished her studies at the Real Conservatorio de Música y Danza de Madrid and in 1995 began to teach contemporary dance at the same school, where she created two choreographed pieces alongside her students.
Since 1996 she has combined her work as a ballerina for the CND with that of being Choreographic Assistant to her Artistic Director, Nacho Duato.
In 1999 and a year later in 2000 she created her first two ballets for the Compañía Nacional de Danza Workshop –Reconstrucciones and Kosamai, whilst in 2001 and 2002, she respectively produced Érase una vez... and Ni un Alma for the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2.
In 2003 she created Nasciturus for the Compañía Nacional de Danza.



Tony Fabre PortraitBorn in Nantes, France, Tony Fabre began studying ballet at the National Conservatoire of Nantes. He continued his dance studies in Brussels and Liège, in Belgium. He joined Germinal Casado’s Karlsruhe Ballet in 1981, where he remained until 1983, when he began dance as a soloist with Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXeme Siécle.

After six years, he joined the Sadler´s Wells Royal Ballet of Londonin 1989, working as a principal dancer for one year before moving to Basel in 1990 to join the Basler Ballet, also as principal dancer.

In 1991 he joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza as Principal Invited Dancer, where he remained until 1997, dancing numerous works by Nacho Duato and other choreographers of international prestige including Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Hans van Manen. During this period he created two pieces for the Company’s Choreographic Workshop.

In 1997 he began working as a Choreographic Attendee, incorporating Nacho Duato’s numerous ballets into different companies, including the Royal Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet,and others.

He took the reins of a new project in October of 1999, when he became Co-Artistic Director of Compañía Nacional de Danza 2.



Luisa María Arias portraitShe was born in Madrid, where she started her studies of classical ballet in the Real Conservatorio de Madrid. Later, she continued her formation in the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático y Danza.

In 1990 she enrolled the Euroballet with Peter Busse as director.

In 1991 she joined the Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine and, in 1995, she has been a part of the Ballet du Rhin with J. P. Gravier as director.

In July 1997 she became a part of the Peter Schaufuss Ballet.

In August 1998 she joined Compañía Nacional de Danza and under the direction of Nacho Duato, she dances the majority of his works, as well as many other works by Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Win Vandekeybus, etc.

From 2005 she has created three ballets for Compañía Nacional de Danza Workshop: Cenizas, Pasajes and A través.

Fractus is her first work for CND2.



Lesley Telford portraitLesley Telford was born in Vancouver, Canada. She finished her studies in Montreal at L´École Supérieur de Danse du Québec before joining the company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in 1992 under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes.

She went on to dance with Nacho Duato´s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain and was promoted to principal dancer in 1999. From 2001 until 2010, she has been dancing with Netherlands Dans Theater I where she been a part of the creation of many works by resident choreographer Jiri Kylian, as well as working with choreographers such as Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Crystal Pite and others.

As a choreographer, she has frequently created for SWITCH, the annual Netherlands Dans Theater choreographic workshop. In 2006, she created a work, Here but Gone, for the Netherlands Dans Theater program: Upcoming Choreographers. She also created for Hubbard Street Dance Company 2 in Chicago (2008) and has presented her work in the CaDance Festival and Korzo Theatre in the Netherlands. This season she has been invited to choreograph for Compañia Nacional de Danza 2 in Madrid, Spain.

Lesley complements her freelance choreographic, performing and teacher’s work with academic studies. She is currently studying a Master of Arts in Cultural Production at the University of Salzburg.

Everything might spill es su primer trabajo para la Compañía Nacional de Danza 2.



Gentian Doda portraitBorn in Tirana, Albania, he began his ballet studies at the Shkolla Akademike e Baletit in his native city. In 1997, he joined the Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Tirana and the following year The Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Bakú, the Azerbaijan capital, in the former Soviet Union.
In 1999, he moved to Italy to work for the Arena di VeronaTheatre and the Balletto di Parma. In September 2000, he joined the Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid under Víctor Ullate, and during that period he was invited by Maurice Bejart to dance with the Ballet de Laussane.
In 2003, he joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza, where he has remained until now, dancing in numerous pieces by Nacho Duato, as well as with other internationally renowned choreographers, such as Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Örjan Andersson and Mats Ek.
In 2005, he created two choreographs for the CND workshops: Nuk e di and Korridor. Axis (2006) was his first work for the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2, followed by Sin Lo Cual No (2007). That same year, he was promoted to the rank of Principal and, in 2008, he performed the role of Romeo in the choreography by Nacho Duato, Romeo y Julieta. De paso and Aksak are his two works for the Compañía Nacional de Danza.

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