Martin Chaix

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Martin Chaix was born in Albi (France), where he began his classical ballet training at the age of 6. In 1993 he was accepted at the École de Danse de l’Opéra National de Paris where he studied until 1999 and directly joined the Paris Opera Ballet (dir. Brigitte Lefèvre). In 2006 he was offered a soloist position at the Leipzig Ballet (dir. Paul Chalmer) experiencing a whole new repertoire and taking part in new creations.

Finally, in 2009 he became a member of the Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg (dir. Martin Schläpfer) where he danced as a soloist until 2015.
As a dancer, he worked with various choreographers and on many productions of different dance styles, in particular ballets from Roland Petit, Carolyn Carlson, Rudolf Nureyev, John Neumeier, George Balanchine, Pina Bausch, Edouard Lock, Uwe Scholz, John Cranko, Marco Goecke, Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen and Martin Schläpfer among others.

Since 2015 Martin has been working as a freelance choreographer. He made his choreographic debut in 2006 at the Paris Opera Ballet and later with the ballet companies which participated in “Young Choreographers” evenings, notably the renowned “Noverre Young Choreographers Evening”, organized by the Stuttgart based Noverre Society. He also created choreographies for independent projects, such as Eine Winterreise for the Brotfabrik Bühne in Bonn.

As a choreographer he received commissions from companies such as the Leipzig Ballet (2007 and 2015), the Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg (2013 – 2019), the Saarland National Theater Ballet in Saarbrücken (2015), the Mecklenburg National Theater Ballet (2016), the Croatian National Ballet in Split (2017) and in Rijeka (2019) and the Ballet du Rhin (2018) among others. His most recent creation was at the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, primarily for Svetlana Zakharova for whom he choreographed “Silentium” in 2020.

Along with his different choreographic projects, Martin Chaix is also doing some short films and photographs. One of his works has been selected for the One Minute Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2013.