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Raimonds Martinovs

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RAIMONDS MARTINOVS began his ballet career at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. In 2000, he graduated from the Riga Choreography School. In 2014, he earned a professional bachelor's degree in choreography from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. He furthered his education at Anaheim Ballet Summer Courses (USA) and at the International Bartolin Ballet Seminar in Denmark.

He joined the Latvian National Ballet in 2000. His repertoire includes leading roles in all the classical ballets as well as contemporary productions. Since 2010, he also works as a choreographer. With the Latvian National Ballet troupe, he has toured in the United Kingdom, Israel, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, among other. He has participated in ballet tours across Russia and Europe with Ulyana Lopatkina, performing classical ballet repertoire. Danced in productions of ballet troupes in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He has also performed in America, South Korea, Japan, and South Africa.

He is a recipient of the Order of the Three Stars and has won several awards: in 2005, he became a laureate of the International New York International Ballet Competition; in 2007, he received the Latvian Theatre Award Spēlmaņu nakts in the category of Ballet Artist of the Year; in 2008, he won the bronze medal at the First International South African International Ballet Competition; he received the Latvijas Gāze Annual Award for Opera as the Best Ballet Soloist in 2011.

Ballet The Jungle Book is Raimonds Martinovs' first full-scale production. As an artist, he has created choreography for the dance spectacle Abas malas (Both Sides) (2018), as well as smaller works such as Tu un es (You and Me) (2017), Kāda mākslinieka mūžs (The Life of an Artist) (2014, diploma work), Gredzens (The Ring) (2016), The Box (2013), Vienlīdzība (Equality) (2012), Izstādes gleznas (Exhibition Paintings) (2015), Duets (Duo) (2022), and many other pieces.

Since 2016, he also works as a teacher and ballet master at the Latvian National Ballet. He is assisting choreographers in both opera and ballet productions at home and abroad.

 

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