BIOGRAPHY

Iñaki starts taking dance lessons very early on his life in his home city La Plata, and immediately joins the Higher Institute of Art in the Colón Theatre of Buenos Aires. Because of his GPA of 10/10 (ten out of ten) he receives a perfecting scholarship in The School of American Ballet, where he stays for a full year.

His professional career begins in 1991 with the role of Principal Dancer of the La Plata’s Argentinian Theater, and on July 1993 he joins the Colón Theater in Buenos Aires, dancing the majority of the principal roles.

In march of 1995 he joins the Royal Ballet of London, invited by Anthony Dowell. He rapidly achieves the position of Principal Dancer. Performs from 1995 to 2005 in all yearly seasons of the Covent Garden Royal Opera House.

In October 2005 he joins the Dutch National Ballet (Holland) as Principal Guest Dancer invited by Ted Brandsen. His official debut was on April 2006 with “Swan Lake”. From that moment onwards he performed in the consequent seasons the company leads in the Het Muziektheater Opera House.

In his brilliant career as an artist he has performed as First Dancer in the most well-known stages and international festivals such as Covent Garden Royal Opera House, Het Muziektheater Opera House, Metropolitan Opera House of New York, Bolshoi Theater of Moscow, Mariinsky Theater (originally Kirov) of Leningrado, Alla Scala of Milan, Colón Theater of Buenos Aires, N.K. Hall of Japan, World Ballet Festival of Tokyo (Japan), Lincoln Center Festival (USA), The Ashton Celebration (USA), Gala des Etoiles of Montreal (Canada), Vail International Dance Festival (Colorado, USA), International Ballet Stars of Ohio (USA), Diaghilev Festival (Russia), Gala Premio Príncipe de Asturias (Spain), International Festival of Cremona (Italy), Rudolf Nureyev’s Tribute Gala at the Scala of Milan (Italy), Gala of the XXI Century Stars (Paris, France), International Festival of Ballet in La Habana (Cuba), International Festival of Ballet in Edinburgh (Scotland), among others.

 

He’s been selected by B.M.G to record in Philadelphia, USA, the film “The Day You Love Me”, alongside Michael Bolton and Raul di Blasio. Starting 2003, and in parallel with his career as a Dancer, he’s ventured in choreographic activity, creating several plays that have been highly praised by critics, and which have been performed in prestigious Theaters and International Festivals such as Colón Theater of Buenos Aires, National Auditorium of Sodré in Montevideo, Vail International Dance Festival, Stars Gala in Montreal, Cairo Opera House of Egypt, Theater of Madrid, Verdi Theater in Italy.

 

Some of his highest ranked choreographic work include “Sylvia” (music by L. Delibes), “Chopin’s Tales” (music by F. Chopin), “The Nutcracker” (music by P. Tchaikovsky), “La Traviata”  (music by G. Verdi and artwork by Luis Gorelik), “Swan Lake” (music by P. Tchaikovsky).

In 2012/2013 and alongside his career as a dancer, he gets selected to dictate a series of dancing classes by the argentinian National Department of Development. These were orientated in a way that they could serve as a tool for social inclusion. The success of those classes was overwhelming and thus the National Classical Ballet was born, where Iñaki Urlezaga was named Artistic Director.

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