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Angel Martinez Hernandez

biography

I started dancing in my home town of Seville. I was selected to join Los Seises, a group of ten children who dance in the cathedral on religious feast days, remaining in the group until I was too old to perform this role. I carried on dancing, joining the Andalusian Dance Centre in 1998 and studying there until 2005. While there I received a grant to study at ITDanza Barcelona. I then joined the European D.A.N.C.E. programme from 2005 to 2007 run by Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, Frédéric Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. While there I won two prizes at the Madrid Choreography Competition for a solo Cartas para Wendy (2006) and a duet In2 (2007).

I joined the Ballet National de Marseille under Frédéric Flamand. At that time, I had the opportunity to dance with Wayne McGregor/random. I finally came back in 2009. Today, I value the transmission of movement as undertaken by Emio Greco, which helps me be accurate and unique.

For me “the body in revolt” is what you explicitly see in Extremalism, with the body expressing itself through tiny movements, then more expansive ones, in a very free and fluid way. In my opinion this show represents a vital need to express yourself, however tired you are and whatever limits you tend to place on yourself. I’ve learned to go beyond my automatic reflexes, to work more with my mind, which opens up new choreographic possibilities for me.