Eduardo Lao

Born and raised in Granada, Eduardo Lao enrolled in Víctor Ullate's school in Madrid and soon became one of the company's principal dancers. He became familiar with all of the repertory's choreographic styles, dancing in works by Víctor Ullate, Maurice Béjart, Hans van Mannen, Nils Christe, George Balanchine, Micha van Hoecke and Jan Linkens as well as classical works by Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa and Michel Fokine, only to name the most renowned. Since 1991, he has been working on his own choreographies ― TIERRA MADRE, TSUNAMI, LLANTO DE LUNA, GO UP, Y and BURKA ― which remained part of the Víctor Ullate Ballet's repertory for decades. For his choreography TRES, he was nominated for a Benois de la danse; his version of COPPELIA was recorded by EuroArts and broadcast across Europe. For the Teatro Real in Madrid, he developed the choreography for SAMSON AND DALILAH (directed by Plácido Domingo). He created costumes, stage sets and light designs as well as film projections for many projects of the Víctor Ullate Ballet which he ran as artistic director between 2001 and 2018. In 2012, Eduardo Lao was honoured with the Spanish EL PUBLICO Award for Performing Arts.