Meet the guest choreographers sharing our stage this season!
Alejandro Cerrudo is a Chicago based choreographer born in Madrid, Spain. His professional career includes work with Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC). Cerrudo became HSDCʼs Resident Choreographer in 2008 and held that position until 2018. In 2020, Peter Boal named Cerrudo the first Resident Choreographer of Pacific Northwest Ballet, a post he will hold for three seasons, beginning in Fall 2020.
Cerrudo’s body of work has been performed by more than 20 professional dance companies around the world. In March 2012, upon receiving the Joyce Theater Foundationʼs second Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance, Cerrudo was invited by Pacific Northwest Ballet to choreograph his first work for the company, Memory Glow. Additional honors include an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists (2011) and the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts (2012) for his acclaimed major work, One Thousand Pieces. In 2014, he was awarded the USA Donnelley Fellowship by United States Artists.
Cerrudo was one of four choreographers invited by New York City Balletʼs Wendy Whelan to create and perform original duets for her program Restless Creature. In 2017, Cerrudo was invited by Daniil Simkin to choreograph a site-specific performance for the Guggenheim Rotunda, a Works & Process Rotunda Project commission featuring Daniil Simkin, with original costumes by Dior. Cerrudoʼs Sleeping Beauty, created for Ballet Theater Basel in 2016, was nominated as Production of the Year in Switzerland in Tanz, Jahrbuch 2016 by Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Aleix Mañé Sáez
Aleix was born in Tarragona. In 2001 he initiates his studies in Institut del Teatre in Barcelona until in 2003, after winning a scholarship of Roseta Mauri’s International Award starts studying in Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma in Madrid.
In 2006 wins First Price in the Concurso de Danza de Castellón and gets a scholarship for the Nederlands Dans Theater II where he starts as an apprentice. That same year works with Nafas Dance Company directed by Patrick de Bana to afterwards, in September become a member of Compañia Nacional de Danza 2 from which later on would grow into Compañía Nacional de Danza directed by Nacho Duato.
In 2013 becomes soloist of the company under the direction of José Carlos Martínez. Since then he has worked with William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Itzik Galili, Marcos Morau, Juanjo Arqués, Sharon Fridman, etc…
In 2013 he premieres the role of Romeo in the production of Romeo & Julliet by Goyo Montero.
As a choreographer he has won first price of the Emerging Dancer Contest of the English National Ballet with SelF (2017) and first place in the Genesis Choreographic Competition in 2019.
Currently he is a dancer with the National Dance company of Spain and a guest dancer in numerous Galas. He is also a guest choreographer as well as an assistant to Nacho Duato re staging Mr. Duato’s works for many ballet companies and dance conservatories.
Over eleven years of award-winning works, Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez moves her audiences along a journey guided by the kinetic momentum of her work. With original creations for Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Charlotte Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, and National Choreographers Initiative among others, Martinez’s versatility expands the boundaries of contemporary ballet movement. Martinez has created over 60 ballets on companies and collegiate programs across the country.
In 2015, Martinez was awarded Joffrey Ballet’s “Winning Works” commission and the Chicago 3Arts Award in recognition for her work as a female artist of color. Martinez is also the founder and artistic director of Chicago-based repertory company PARA.MAR Dance Theatre, created together, with, and for diversity and access to excellence in contemporary dance. Dubbed “a chameleon” of choreography by the Chicago Tribune, Martinez’s psychologically revelatory works challenge the viewer’s notion of what’s possible.