Position: Artistic Director
Affiliation with organization: 2019 – Present
Years active at YAGP: 2019 – Present
Ivan Gil-Ortega was born on 1977 in Madrid, Spain, and began his career in 1995. During his 12-year career at the Stuttgart Ballet, Ivan Gil-Ortega, who became a Soloist in 1996 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2001, danced in a wide range of classical and contemporary ballets and worked with many of the leading choreographers, including Marcia Haydée, Hans van Manen, John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe Christian Spuk, Douglas Lee, etc. He danced the leading roles of John Cranko’s works, such as Onegin, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake. Gil-Ortega was well known for his compelling interpretation of characters, his elegance and especially for his partnering skills. He performed as a guest artist with many ensembles including the Ballet de Santigo de Chile, Munich State Opera Ballet, Finish National Ballet, Croatian National Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Ballet del Teatro Massimo de Palermo, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro de l’Arena di Verona, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. Nuremberg Staatsballet, Universal Ballet of Corea, national Ballet of Corea, Slovenian National Ballet.
In 2007 he joined the Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer. From the beginning of 2008, he combined dancing with his current activity as ballet assistant and ballet
Stager, working with Christian Spuck (Ballet Director of Zurich Ballet), Goyo Montero (Ballet Director of Nuremberg Ballet), Derek Deane (ex-director of English National Ballet) and Carlos Acosta (International Ballet star). In 2009, Ivan Gil-Ortega was awarded the “Premio Positano de Danza – Léonide Massine”.