Nazionale Sfera d’Oro per la Danza 2023 award to Elisabetta Formento

On September 30, the dancer Elisabetta Formento was congratulated for her nomination in the fifth edition of the Premio Nazionale Sfera d'Oro per la Danza 2023, coordinated by Alfio Agostini and awarded by Gabriella Furlan Malvezzi.

The CND collaborates with Mandarin Oriental Ritz in its Christmas campaign

The Mandarin Oriental Ritz of Madrid supports the National Dance Company in its Christmas campaign in the representation of its work The Sylphide, by August Bournonville, one of the most emblematic romantic ballets in the history of classical dance.

Tickets sold out at Matadero!

On November 7, the CND premiered a mixed program with great success at the Naves del Español, in Matadero, Madrid.
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Be a tree now

The National Dance Company has joined the Be a Tree Now! movement, a mobilizing and open action in which dance is used so that people see and represent themselves as a tree. The climate emergency is the biggest problem we face as a species. We must act to make visible the need to urgently apply climate justice. Today, Tuesday, October 24, 2023, International Day against Climate Change, the presentation of this initiative by Eugenio Ampudia took place in the Botanical Garden of the Complutense University.

Dancing with the Dragon

On Saturday, October 21, the CND and Crossborder Project will hold the “Dancing with the Dragon” workshop in the Pacific Room of the Real Teatro del Retiro within the framework of the “Aprendanza23” project.

Creation residencies 23/24

In order to promote choreographic creation and experimentation by young artists, the National Dance Company (CND) opens a new call for “Creation Residencies”, aimed at emerging choreographers and/or companies who, if selected, will be able to use the rehearsal rooms, as well as part of the CND infrastructure. The selection of choreographic projects will be carried out based on criteria of innovation and artistic excellence. The CND will contact those selected starting November 2, 2023.

Positano Leónide Massine Awards

Our soloist dancer, Mario Galindo, has been awarded at the 51st Positano Leonide Massine Awards gala held on Saturday night, September 2nd in Positano. Mario has won one of the awards for 'dancer of the year on the international scene'. We couldn't be prouder or more excited with this well deserved recognition to this young and talented artist, congratulations dear Mario!
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Accessible performances

As on other occasions, the Compañía Nacional de Danza, in its commitment to cultural accessibility, will provide two accessible performances in the upcoming performances at the Teatro Fernán Gómez in June and at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in July.

Calendar 2023

Our new calendar 2023 is already here! If you want it, you can download it in this link.
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Details of the New Season 22/23

The Compañía Nacional de Danza presented yesterday, Wednesday September 14th, in the ambigú of the Teatro de la Zarzuela, its new Season 22/23. Joaquín De Luz, accompanied by Joan Francesc Marco, general director of INAEM, announced yesterday his wide proposal of tours and premieres for this season: - 19 stages - 64 performances - 11 premieres - 3 world premieres

Creation Residencies 22/23

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Next Season 22/23

Let dance transform you! The Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) presents its programming for the 22/23 season: – 10 cities (5 abroad) – 54 shows – 11 premieres (3 absolute premieres)
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Modernisation of our Streaming equipment

The Compañía Nacional de Danza, within the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR) financed by the European Union - NextGenerationEU, has acquired new equipment for the 2022-2023 season in order to undertake the modernisation of its audiovisual equipment, with the acquisition of specific equipment for broadcasting and streaming communication.


Acuerdo por el que se aprueba una declaración institucional en solidaridad con los ciudadanos y ciudadanas de Ucrania. La invasión de Ucrania por parte de Rusia está generando la llegada a la Unión Europea de cientos de miles de refugiados. Asimismo, el inicio de la guerra impide el regreso a Ucrania de muchos ucranianos que se encuentran en situación de estancia en nuestro país (actualmente en torno a 114.000).Nuestro país no puede quedar indiferente ante la dramática situación de la población ucraniana que está huyendo de su país o que no puede regresar a él por causa de la guerra. Es el momento de mostrar nuestra solidaridad con el pueblo ucraniano. Nuestra Política Exterior, orientada a la protección de los refugiados, nos exige tomar medidas excepcionales ante esta realidad.En este contexto, a propuesta del Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación, el Consejo de Ministros aprueba una Declaración Institucional en solidaridad con los ciudadanos y ciudadanas de Ucrania, cuyo texto se inserta a continuación: “DECLARACIÓN INSTITUCIONAL DEL CONSEJO DE MINISTROS EN SOLIDARIDAD CON LOS CIUDADANOS Y CIUDADANAS DE UCRANIA A la vista del actual conflicto bélico existente en Ucrania, y de los cientos de miles de personas ucranianas que están abandonando el país, el Gobierno español declara su compromiso decidido e inquebrantable de apoyar al pueblo ucraniano y se compromete a velar por su bienestar y atender sus necesidades, tanto respecto de aquellos ciudadanos y ciudadanas de Ucrania que se encuentren en nuestro país, como de aquellos que puedan llegar al mismo en días venideros.En concreto, el Gobierno español se compromete a alinearse con la decisión que adopte el Consejo de la Unión Europea en lo relativo a la posible concesión de protección temporal en caso de afluencia masiva de personas desplazadas y a medidas de fomento de un esfuerzo equitativo entre los Estados miembros para acoger a dichas personas y asumir las consecuencias de su acogida.Con respecto a los ciudadanos ucranianos que viven en España, se adoptarán las medidas necesarias para garantizar que puedan permanecer y trabajar en nuestro país, acceder a la atención sanitaria y educativa, así como a las ayudas sociales que correspondan”. ELÉVESE AL CONSEJO DE MINISTROSMadrid, de de 2022EL MINISTRO DE ASUNTOS EXTERIORES, UNIÓN EUROPEAY COOPERACIÓNJosé Manuel Albares Bueno Ver Declaración en pdf

Meet our dancers: Benjamin Poirier

Benjamin defines himself as "an elegant and determined dancer who transforms on stage." French by birth, he studied ballet at the École Nationale de Danse de l’Opéra de Paris (Nanterre), at the Conservatoire National Boulogne Billancourt and at the English National Ballet School (London). He has been part of the Compañía Nacional de Danza since 2014.

Meet our dancers: Aleix Mañé

Aleix Mañé is a dancer from Tarragona, where he began his studies at the official Artemi dance center. In 2001 he entered the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. Then, in 2003, he was awarded a scholarship at the Roseta Mauri International Competition bringing him to move to the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance in Madrid. In 2006 he joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza under the direction of Nacho Duato.

Meet our dancers: Laura Pérez Hierro

Laura Pérez Hierro describes herself as "a strong, intelligent and effective dancer". As a child, she learned that goals are reached with dedication, effort and discipline. Responsible and consistent in her work and in her quest to continue learning, Laura has been part of the Compañía Nacional de Danza since 2017, during which time she has evolved and grown both as a dancer and as a person.

Meet our dancers: Giada Rossi

Giada Rossi defines her relationship with dance as "a necessity". Italian by birth, Giada trained at some of the most prestigious schools in Europe, such as the Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance or London’s Royal Ballet Upper School. She has been part of the Compañía Nacional de Danza for seven years and, since 2019, has also been a soloist dancer. At the CND she has danced Love Fear Loss by Ricardo Amarante, Arriagaby Joaquín De Luz, Pino Alosa and Mar Aguiló and Apolloby George Balanchine, among others.

Meet our dancers: Tamara Juárez

Tamara Juárez is synonymous with sweetness. The calm that she exudes when speaking is reflected in her movements as a dancer. Born in Guadalajara, Tamara describes herself as a "classical" dancer that leaves the door open to other styles. Aware of the transience of life, she takes advantage of each day to work, train and enjoy small pleasures such as walking in the countryside with her dogs.
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Meet our dancers: Ayuka Nitta

Ayuka Nitta is a dancer of Japanese origin who began her career at the age of ten. She has worked at the National Silesian Theatre (Czech Republic) and at the Greek National Opera Ballet, where she participated in Nacho Duato's Herrumbre. Ayuka is also one of the latest additions to the Compañía Nacional de Danza. She joined the CND last year under the artistic direction of Joaquín De Luz.  A lover of Spanish food, her daily life is marked by her intense work and her progressive adaptation to Spanish customs and routine.
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Meet our dancers: Felipe Domingos

Felipe Domingos is one of the latest additions to the CND. He is also one of its youngest dancers. Born and raised in São Paulo (Brazil), he has movement and dance in his blood. Despite his youth, he has danced across three continents and dozens of countries. Now he is adapting to ours in an environment that he describes as "incredible".

#CND Workshops: different states of consciousness

The activity in the Compñaía Nacional de Danza has not stopped even with the arrival of the end of the year.

Meet our dancers: Álvaro Madrigal

Seville-born Álvaro Madrigal is a versatile dancer. He cannot be pigeonholed as a classical dancer or as a contemporary dancer but rather is able to enjoy the full repertoire of the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND). Álvaro respects classical dance so much that he could easily be considered a classical dancer. But the same could be said regarding contemporary dance also. He himself prefers to be defined as an emotional dancer; somebody who needs to feel something when dancing.

Meet our dancers: Daniella Oropesa

Daniella Oropesa, a ballet dancer of Cuban origin, began her training at the Escuela Elemental de Ballet Alejo Carpentier. She continued with her training at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet in Havana and, in 2020, she joined Laura Alonso’s company. She has danced in different countries such as Australia and New Zeland, within the Ballet Revolución programme, as well as an invited guest dancer with Les Ballets de France in Paris. In 2017, she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza, where she has performed in pieces such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Concierto DSCH, Triple Bach and Arriaga, among others.
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Meet our dancers: Milos Patiño

Milos began his ballet education at the age of ten at the Torrevieja Municipal Dance School with Concha Díez and Mª Dolores Morales. In 2007, he entered Madrid’s Mariemma Royal Professional Dance Conservatory, where he graduated in 2011. During the 2017/2018 season he danced punctually with the National Dance Company, in the production of Don Quijote, by José Carlos Martínez, and in September In 2018 he joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza, under the artistic direction of José Carlos Martínez.

Meet our dancers: Ana Ramos

Ana Ramos, originally from Malaga, moved very young to Madrid to train professionally in dance, which she completed in England at the English National Ballet School. In 2018 she joined the National Company of Portugal to, a year later, return to Spain to join the CND under the artistic direction of Joaquín de Luz.

Meet our dancers: Juan José Carazo

Juan José Carazo began his studies at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma. In 2011 he participated in the summer program of the School of American Ballet and a year later he began working at the American Ballet Theater II. In 2015 he joined the National Dance Company under the artistic direction of José Carlos Martínez.

Meet our dancers: Daan Vervoort

Daan Vervoort is a dancer of Belgian origin who, after dancing in different countries, ended up in Spain in 2006 to join the junior version of the CND, the CND2, under the direction of Nacho Duato. He later joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza and, in 2013, was promoted to soloist category. In 2016, he danced in Johan Inger’s Carmen, with Emilia Gisladottir, in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and for which Inger, the choreographer, won the prestigious Benois de la Danse award. Daan has also danced Nacho Duato’s Kol Nidre y Gnawa, William Forsythe’s Herman Schmerman, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Mats Ek’s Casi-Casa, among other choreographies.

Know our dancers: Shlomi Shlomo Miara

Shlomi is a creative dancer born in Israel whose career in dance began unexpectedly. After his education in L&L Goodman Bat-Door, Kamea Dance Company and Israel Ballet he took the risk to travel to Zurich and dance in the Junior Zurich Ballet of Switzerland without knowing the language. In 2018 he joined the CND, where he has danced various pieces such as Pulcinella, Carmen, Giselle, Remansos, In Paradisum and one of the newest, Arriaga, where he performs an extraordinary solo.

Conoce a nuestros bailarines: Ana Pérez-Nievas

Ana nace en Madrid. Comienza sus estudios de ballet en una pequeña escuela de Pozuelo de Alcorcón. Con once años decide dar el salto y estudiar danza de forma profesional. Con diecisiete años, y recién graduada, se incorporó a la Compañía Nacional de Danza bajo la dirección artística de José Carlos Martínez. En 2019, bajo la dirección de Joaquín De Luz, ascendió a la categoría de solista.

Meet our dancers: Ana Pérez-Nievas

Ana was born in Madrid. She began her ballet studies at a small school in Pozuelo de Alcorcón. When she was eleven years old, she decided to take the leap and study dance professionally. At the age of seventeen, and recently graduated, she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza under the artistic direction of José Carlos Martínez. In 2019, under the direction of Joaquín De Luz, he rose to the category of soloist.

Meet our dancers: Isaac Montllor

Isaac Montllor, born in Alcoy (Valencia region), is a Principal Dancer and veteran artist at the CND. Following his training, which took place in Alcoy and Valencia, he joined CND2—a reserve squad of young dancers—directed by Nacho Duato and Tony Fabre. A year later, he joined the CND where his intense career took him on tours around the world. He has worked with such renowned choreographers as Jirí Kilyán, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman and Itzik Galili, among others. He joins us to talk about his career, his goals and, above all, his passion for dance.

Dancing around the world with Mario Galindo

Mario was born in Madrid. He started his dancing journey in a school of his neighbourhood, and in 2014 he made the jump to proffessional dancing training. After graduating, in 2019 he continued studying at San Francico Ballet School. Since 2021 he's part of the Compañía Nacional de Danza, under the artistic direction of Joaquín De Luz.

Dancing around the world with Shani Peretz

Shani is an Israeli-born dancer. In 2006, she started her training in the Thelma-Yellin High School of the Arts. In 2010, she joined the Israel Ballet and, four years later, went on to join the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND), under the artistic direction of José Carlos Martínez. In September 2019, she rose to soloist category under the artistic direction of Joaquín De Luz.

Meet our dancers: Martina Giuffrida

I would define myself as a versatile dancer. In other words, I am not a dancer who offers a very defined trait in this or that particular aspect but, rather, I offer balance and adaptability.

Conoce a nuestros bailarines: Sara Khatiboun

Sara Khatiboun es un bailarina de Madrid, lugar donde comienza sus estudios en el Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma. En 2011 ingresa en el School of American Ballet y en 2014 como guest sudent en Palucca Hoschule en Dresden. En 2016 ingresa en la Compañía Nacional de Danza.

Conoce a nuestros bailarines: Anthony Pina

Mi nombre es Anthony Pina y me uní a la CND en septiembre de 2012. Como bailarín, me describiría a mí mismo como agudo y enérgico. Me encanta trabajar rápido y probar el límite de la rapidez con la que puedo moverme mientras sigo trabajando con una técnica limpia. Una de cosas que más me gusta de la danza es que es una experiencia de aprendizaje interminable. Hay tantas formas de abordar la danza y la técnica, ¡y quiero aprenderlas todas!

Conoce a nuestros bailarines: Anthony Pina

Mi nombre es Anthony Pina y me uní a la CND en septiembre de 2012. Como bailarín, me describiría a mí mismo como agudo y enérgico. Me encanta trabajar rápido y probar el límite de la rapidez con la que puedo moverme mientras sigo trabajando con una técnica limpia. Una de cosas que más me gusta de la danza es que es una experiencia de aprendizaje interminable. Hay tantas formas de abordar la danza y la técnica, ¡y quiero aprenderlas todas!

Conoce a nuestros bailarines: Anthony Pina

Mi nombre es Anthony Pina y me uní a la CND en septiembre de 2012. Como bailarín, me describiría a mí mismo como agudo y enérgico. Me encanta trabajar rápido y probar el límite de la rapidez con la que puedo moverme mientras sigo trabajando con una técnica limpia. Una de cosas que más me gusta de la danza es que es una experiencia de aprendizaje interminable. Hay tantas formas de abordar la danza y la técnica, ¡y quiero aprenderlas todas!

Meet our dancers: Anthony Pina

My name is Anthony Pina and I joined the CND in September 2012. As a dancer I would describe myself as sharp and energetic. I love to work fast and test the limit of how quickly I can move while still working with clean technique. One of my favorite things about dance is that it is a never ending learning experience. There are so many ways to approach dance and technique, and I want to learn all of them!

Meet our dancers: Celia Dávila

Celia Dávila, a Basque dancer from the city of Vitoria, first had contact with dance at barely the age of four. The passion she feels for this discipline, and most especially for ballet, led her to winning scholarships in Cannes, Monaco and Boston. In 2016, she joined the Carmina Ocaña and Pablo Savoye dance school. There, she danced the part of Olga in Picasso, by the renowned Antonio Ruiz and, after taking part in Don Quijote Suite, by José Carlos Martínez, she later joined the CND under the direction of Joaquín De Luz.

Meet our dancers: Natalia Muñoz

Natalia Muñoz, a soloist at the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND), began her dance studies at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza, where she learned classical technique at Berlin Deutsche Opera at the hands of great masters such as the director herself, Virginia Valero. In 2002, she joined the Berlin Deutsche Opera under Sylviane Bayard. There, she spent eleven years dancing different classical and contemporary pieces, all forging her talents as a versatile dance. Since she joined the CND in 2012, under the direction of José Carlos Martínez, her cheerful spirit and the capacity for work she demonstrates daily have been contagious.
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Meet our dancers: Marcos Montes

Marcos was born in Madrid, where he graduated at the Mariemma Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza. In 2011, he accepted a scholarship to attend the Boston Ballet School’s summer programme, where he studied under Mikko Nissinen. In 2014, his dancing career continued with the caraBdanza dance company, where he danced a neoclassical and contemporary repertoire. Subsequently, at the request of José Carlos Martínez, he was invited to collaborate with the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) in its production of Don Quijote and, while there, he also took part in the ballet Raymonda Divertimento.

Meet our dancers: YaeGee Park

YaeGee Park, a Korean soloist dancer started dancing ballet when she was a kid among other art disciplines. She attended Korean National Ballet Academy and SunHwa Art School. Although she is more focused on the classical style, she has being recognized by Forsythe itself for her take in In the middle somewhat elevated. In 2012 she joined the CND; she has danced the role of Kitri, main female character in Don Quijote Suite by José Carlos Martínez, where she also shared the stage with the actual director of the Company Joaquín De Luz.  
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Meet our dancers: José Alberto Becerra

José Becerra is a dancer of Cuban origin, who got into ballet after joining the Escuela Vocacional de Arte de Eva Olga Alonso and, later, the Escuela Nacional de Ballet. He has danced in the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and in the English National Ballet, not only as a corps de ballet dancer but also as soloist and principal dancer. He has also danced in the Fundación para la danza Compañía Víctor Ullate, where he worked for six years until its closure. He has worked with choreographers such as James Kelly, Alicia Alonso, Aurora Bosch and Jiří Kylián, among others. In the 2020 season, he joined the CND under the direction of Joaquín De Luz.  
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Meet our dancers: Ana María Calderón

Ana Calderón, one of our soloists, started out in the world of dance at a very young age, learning jumps and pirouettes at the Mariemma Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid. Throughout her career, she has passed through different European and American companies, such as Switzerland’s Zurich Ballet or the Houston Ballet, where she acquired great expressivity in her dance. Her path brought her to Spain, where she joined the dance company of Ángel Corella, with whom she would later work with again at the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2019, her dancing speed and versatility brought her to join the Compañía Nacional de Danza under the artistic direction of Joaquín De Luz. 

Meet our dancers: Yanier Gómez Noda

Cuban dancer Yanier Gómez started his studies at the Alejo Carpentier Escuela Elemental de Ballet. He entered international contests in Havana, achieving Gold and Grand Prix for best partner at 17. In 2008, he joined the dance team at Ballet Nacional Cuba under the artistic direction of Alicia Alonso. He entered various Havana International Festivals, as well taking part in galas with stars from the American Ballet Theatre. In September 2016, he joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza as soloist.
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World Environment Day 2021

Cultivate, replant, clean... Is our last chance. Stop the catastrophe, prevent, protect, repair. It is time. It is your moment.
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We launch the Mentoring Project

This week we launched theMentoring Project, in which two main dancers from the Company have shared their day-to-day life and their professional experience with two students from the RCPD Mariemma (Mariemma Royal Proffesional Dance School) who are in their final years of training. We wanted to interview them so they could tell us how the experience was like. Lucas López, a 5th grade professional dance student, has had the opportunity to learn from Alessandro Riga, the leading figure of the Company. Julia Ibáñez, a classical ballet student in the 6th grade of professional dance training, has had the opportunity to learn with Cristina Casa, principal dancer of the Company.

Johan Inger begins the rehearsals for Carmen

Johan Inger visits our headquarters to begin the rehearsals for Carmen. An original creation for the Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain) that premiered in 2015 and which is back to the stages in Úbeda and Seville. We made the most of his visit to get to know more about the creation of this ballet, the challenges he faced when remaking a classic, and how both the costume and set design complete a piece that was a turning point in the interpretation of a constantly changing myth.

Meet our dancers: Pauline Perraut

Pauline Perraut, one of our corps de ballet dancers at the CND, began her studies in a private school where she trained under some of the best teachers from the Paris Opéra. Her love of travelling led her to train at different courses in cities throughout Europe. At 18, she joined the Ballet de l'Opéra de Bordeaux and, later, she started touring the most renowned theatres of Italy. She has been a part of the Compañía Nacional de Danza since 2016 where, in each piece, she reveals her versatility and her inherently natural dancing style.
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Meet our dancers: Natalia Butragueño

Natalia Butragueño’s positive energy has been a contagious influence for all ever since she joined the CND as a corps de ballet dancer in September. She started out in the world of dance at the Escuela de África Guzmán, later moving to England to continue her training at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. In 2014, she took an opportunity that arose for her to dance in a number of productions with the English National Ballet. Subsequently, she joined the Ballet de l'Opéra de Bordeaux where she shared the stage with eminent professionals who helped her grow as a dancer. In 2020, she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza under the direction of Joaquín De Luz and where she displays her natural interpretational skills every day.
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Dancing around the world with María Muñoz

María Muñoz was born in the village of Cabezo de Torres, in Murcia province. Her love for the arts and for dance began at a very tender age. She began her training at Murcia’s Professional Conservatory and later joined the Victor Ullate dance school, where she trained for five years. She has danced such iconic pieces as Don Quijote, Swan Lake and a number of choreographies by Forsythe, such asArtifact and In The Middle. After spending time in England and Germany she joined the CND in 2014 as part of the corps de ballet.

Art and In Paradisum

In Paradisum, Antonio Ruz’s latest creation for the Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain) is inspired by the Spanish painter El Greco’s colour palette for the costume design, lighting design and also on the dancer’s movements and figures. The composition’s verticality and height, along with the dark and ocre colour tones with strokes of red, white, blue and green are reflected in the choreography. Moreover, the piece also recalls other painters, mainly being from the Renaissance and Baroque period. We can appreciate Caravaggio’s characteristic chiaroscuro technique; the dynamic lines of the body’s posture, often resembling the descent of the cross in Raffaelo’s and Caracciolo’s works; the perspective Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Dalí, or even Bouguereau’s Nymphs and Satyr mythological creatures’ fluid movements. Next, a series of examples of paintings beside In Paradisum’s photographies by Alba Muriel.  
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Meet our dancers: Elisabet Biosca

Barcelona-born Elisabet Biosca is a CND soloist dancer with an impressive track record performing key roles, such as Carmen, Lady Capuleto or Bathilde. She has danced numerous choreographic works, including pieces by Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe and Alexander Ekman. She has also performed leading parts in short films combining dance and interpretation; most of them under the direction of María Salgado Gispert. She is currently studying for a higher degree in Choreography and Interpretation. She directed the piecesSN Serial Number (2014) with Antonio de Rosa, Home (2016) with Agnès López and Solitud (2017).
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Meet our dancers: Alessandro Riga

Alessandro Riga, lead principal dancer at the Compañía Nacional de Danza, has shared his passion for music with us since 2013. He has worked in different European companies, suchas as Germany’s Semperoper or the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in Italia, his homeland. His talent has thrust him onto some of the most prestigious theatre stages of Italy, where he has danced a wide repertoire, from the most widely known classical pieces to the most relevant contemporary choreographers. In 2013, he joined the CND as principal dancer and later rose to lead principal. Since then, we have witnessed his versatility and capacity to thrill us on stage.

The CND celebrates the International Dance Day in the Teatro Auditorio Ciudad de Alcobendas

The triple programme composed by In Paradisum, by Antonio Ruz (recently premiered at Teatros del Canal, Madrid), along with Remansos and White Darkness by Nacho Duato, celebrates the International Dance Day 2021. Below, this year's message, written by the German ballet dancer Friedemann VOGEL.  

Meet our dancers: Irene Ureña

Irene is a dancer from Almuñécar and who, at just the age of two, started out in the world of dance at Almuñecar’s Aromar dance academy. At the age of eight she joined the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Reina Sofía, in Granada, with Alejandro Donaire as her teacher. In 2010, she moved to Madrid to continue her studies at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma, where she graduated in 2013. Two years later she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza, under the artistic direction of José Carlos Martínez.

Meet our dancers: Cristina Casa and Ion Agirretxe

Among our passionate roster of dancers, Cristina Casa has shared her thrilling style with the CND since 2015, when she first danced the role of Quinteria in . Don Quixotefor the Company. Her journey begins at the schools of María Larios and Africa Guzmán, later to move on to work in schools and companies abroad, such as the English National Ballet or the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Her track record, marked by her constancy, brings her the opportunity to join the CND, where, in 2017, she rises to the category of principal dancer. Ion Agirretxe, is a fighter; persevering and hard-working; characteristics that make him a great dancer. He starts out dancing the traditional dances of his homeland, the Basque Country, but later leaves to work in the Europa Dance company, in France. His career is forged at different companies at home and abroad, until joining the CND in 2016. His simplicity and capacity for work raise him to the category of solo dancer two years later. Together, this couple have imbued many a great stage with their complicity. Together, they have worked with and learned from the best choreographers. And together they have carried out projects jointly, guided by their love of dance and towards each other. Both humbly defend the need to pursue their dreams, a belief they transmit on a daily basis at the Compañía Nacional de Danza.
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Meet our dancers: Clara Maroto

Clara Maroto is a young dancer from Tarragona who at just 12 years old opted for dance moving to Madrid. She continued his training at the Professional Dance Conservatory Mariemma and in 2013 she joined the CND. Only two years later she got the role of Mercedes in Don Quijote Suite. After many other important roles, in 2020, she debuted with the role of Myrtha in Giselle, under the direction of Joaquín De Luz. And on March 11th, 2021, coinciding with his birthday and with the publication of this interview, she will perform again as the Wilis Queen at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo.
Erez Ilan

Meet our dancers: Erez Ilan

Erez Ilan, a shy but passionate ballet dancer, has been a part of the Compañía Nacional de Danza’a (CND) dance team since 2008; an opportunity extended to him by Nacho Duato, then CND director. Starting at a very young age, Ilan trained at The School of Ice Skating and Ballet and at The Thelma-Yellin High School of Arts, both in his native Israel. At 18, he took the leap and crossed the Mediterranean to explore Europe and to work at the CND. His dedication and talent paid off, earning him a place as soloist in 2017, a role he holds to this day, marking both a personal triumph for himself and the CND directorship’s validation of his work.

In Paradisum’s creation starts

Antonio Ruz, choreographer and former dancer from the Compañía Nacional de Danza, returns to the CND to create his piece, In Paradisum.

Giselle’s costume fitting

Tulle, fabris, lace and embrouderies invaded our headquarters. Each day, Joaquín De Luz's vision of a Spanish Giselle comes more to life.

Tickets Giselle out now

Teatro de la Zarzuela 9th - 22nd December

World Ballet Day 2020

The Compañía Nacional de Danza joins for another year the celebration of the World Ballet Day With livestreams of classes and rehearsals during Thrusday, 29th of October, 2020.

CND on Pinterest

We launch a new season and we did not want to miss the chance to promote it on our social networks. We're back on Pinterest with the last performances. Don't miss a thing.
Carmen (Johan Inger)

CND News

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How is a ballet created? Arriaga

With the work of composer, and basque genius, Juan Crisostomo Arriaga as a starting point, we present Arriaga. A choreographic piece that features three voices, where our artistic director, Joaquín De Luz, was joined by Pino Alosa (associate artistic director) and company's dancer, Mar Aguiló, to create 30 minutes of magic.
Giada Rossi y Alessandro Riga Love Fear Loss

The New York Times features the CND’s comeback to the stage

Due to the importance of the medium -The New York Times- and the importance of the issue -coming back to the stage- we don't want to miss our chance of sharing with you today's article that feature us in one of the most influencial and emblematic papers in the world.

The Compañía Nacional de Danza opened the 2020 edition of Veranos de la Villa

The Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) premiered in Madrid a very special program, dedicated to the sanitary personnel, to open the  2020 edition of Veranos de la Villa this past 29th of July. The festival, organized by Madrid's City Hall, wanted to arise the value of the city as a cultural stage and meeting point for creator from all around the world. The CND, without a doubt, is one of those meeting spaces.

CND in Youtube

Ballets offered to be wachted online during four days, belong to CND's historical repertoire.

CND Capsules

Compañía Nacional de Danza, directed by por Joaquín De Luz presents Dance Capsules, described here after, with the purpose of approaching dance to society and making more than ever CND a meeting point for choreographers, dancers, musicians, ballet masters, playwrights, costume designers and plastic artists among others.

Anatomy of a Dancer: Alessandro Riga

The lead principal dancer, Alessandro Riga, lets us rediscover him from a more personal perspective.

European Music Day

The INAEM has summoned all artistic units to unite the in an online event for the European Music Day that, like every year, is celebrated on the 21st of June. The CND will join this initiative with "Loss", extract from Love Fear Loss, by Ricardo Amarante, with music by Charles Dumont; and with Afterlove, by Mar Aguiló, original music by Aire - Daniel Sánchez Rodríguez.