Victor Ullate

(b. 1947)

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(b Saragossa, 9 May 1947)

Spanish dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He studied with María de Avila and Rosella Hightower before joining Antonio's company in 1962, moving on to Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century in 1965. During his fourteen years with the company he created roles in several Béjart ballets including Offrande chorégraphique (1970), Nijinsky, clown de Dieu (1971), and I trionfi di Petrarca (1974). In 1979 he moved back to Spain, invited by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to form the Ballet Nacional Clásico. Four years later he founded his own school in Madrid and in 1988 formed his own Madrid-based ballet company, Ballet de Victor Ullate. This acquired significant state support in 1997 when it was invited to become resident at the newly rebuilt Opera House in Madrid, and was officially renamed Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid. It performs a repertory of neo-classical works by Balanchine, van Manen, Forsythe, and others as well as by the company's current director Eduardo Lao and by Ullate himself (including Jaleos, 1996, La Inteligencia de Las Flores, 2001, and El sur, 2005). Ullate has also staged productions of Les Sylphides, Giselle, and Don Quixote. Beyond his company Ullate's prime importance lies in his school (also his foundation for professional dancers, set up in 2000) which has acquired an international reputation for the quality of its training, and has ranked among its students dancers of the calibre of Angel Corella and Tamara Rojo.

Subjects: Dance.

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