Juan de Torres


Juan de Torres

President of the State Federation of Associations of Professional Dance Companies and Enterprises, President of Emprendo Danza (Madrid's Community Dance Enterprises Association), a member of the National Dance Commission of the Spanish Ministry of Culture for the creation of the General Dance Plan, and part of the jury for the 2009 National Prices. Also, Founder and Artistic Director of the "Madrid Dances In...", a traveling festival aimed at promoting Madrid's dance creation at an international level. 

He starts his dance studies at an early age with classic ballet, contemporary dance, improvisation, choreography and music at the Ecole de Formation Professionnelle du Ballet Contemporain de Bruxelles. 

He won the Gold Medal of the Prix Français de la Danse and participates as a trainee in the Nikolais - Louis Foundation Company, the New York City Ballet and the Julliard School with Héctor Zaraspe. 

His artistic activity as a dancer and choreographer was always related to the name Larumbe, until in 1996 he takes over the General Direction of the Larumbe Danza company. 

Starting in the year 2000, him and Daniela Merlo collaborate with scene directors such as Hugo de Ana, Sergio Renán, Bernand Brocca and Henning Brockhaus in different national and international opera productions: 

- “Carmen”, by Bizet. Conde Duque Theatre. 
- The company as a whole participated in the “La Traviata” and “Lucía de Lammermoore” operas as part of the Macerata Opera Festival, Italy. Director: Henning Brockhaus. 
- “Oedipus Rex”. Choreographer and scene director: Luigi Squarzina. Orchestra Conductor: Plácido Domingo. Opera di Roma. 
- “Aida”. Choreographer and scene director: Paolo Micciche. Orchestra Conductor: Zoltan Pesko. Termas di Caracalla (Roma). 
- “Lady Machbeth of Mtsensk”, by Shostackovich. Director: Sergio Renán. Music Direction: Mstislav Rostropovich. Choreographer and artistic direction assistant: Juan de Torres. Saint Petersburg and Japan. 
- “Rigoletto”, by Verdi. Scene Director: Henning Brockhaus. Music Direction: Ricardo Frizza. Choreographer: Juan de Torres. Opera di Roma. 

Besides the 20 pieces he has created throughout his career, the opera productions and the galas, and the collaborations with the best contemporary artists, he is also a spokesman for Madrid's dance in the national and international forums and debates, making a special effort to generate dialogue, cooperation, exchange, construction, and to achieve a fair acknowledgement of choreographers and dance companies amongst society in general as well as in Public Administrations.