Eduardo Lao

Eduardo LaoEduardo Lao was born and raised in Granada. He later moved to Madrid to pursue his passion for classical dance at the Víctor Ullate Dance School. In 1988, thanks to the Víctor Ullate Ballet foundation, Lao became the Company’s lead dancer.

During his time as a dancer, Lao performed choreographies by a number of creators, including Víctor Ullate, Maurice Béjart, Hans Van Manen, Nils Christe, G. Balanchine, M. Fokin, J. Perrot, M. Petipa, Micha Van Hoecke and Jan Linkens.

In 1991, Víctor Ullate granted him the opportunity to design his first choreography for the Company, and so began his new career as a choreographer. His first work Underground, was followed by Tierra Madre, Concierto para tres, Tsunami, Burka, Gogh, Llanto de luna, Go up and Tres (the latter having been nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse 2009).

In 2006, he created his own version of Coppélia with a contemporary and innovative take on the great classic, which afforded him huge success and praise from the audience and critics alike. His work 2 You Maestro was a tribute to his mentor Ullate to mark his twentieth anniversary with the Company. The choreography earned him the ‘Miradas 2’ award for the best dance performance.

Eduardo Lao then worked as the choreographer on the opera Samson and Dalilah, which was performed at the Teatro Real de Madrid and sung by Plácido Domingo. Lao was also responsible for the costume design in Seguiriya and the set design in Jaleos, both of which are creations by Víctor Ullate.

In El Arte de la Danza, Lao and Víctor Ullate worked together to choreograph a journey through the various styles of choreography. In 2012, Lao obtained the “El Público” award for Performing Arts. His latest premiere took place in 2012 at the Teatros del Canal de Madrid with the piece Y, a pas de deux that symbolises the intrinsic relationship between destiny and humanity.

He has been its Artistic Director from 2001 to 2018, currently carrying out the Company’s choreographic heritage management.

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