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PETER MARTINS

Peter Martins. Born in Denmark in 1946. He has spent almost 40 years with the New York City Ballet as dancer, choreographer and ballet master. He debuted with the New York City Ballet in 1967, when he was invited by George Balanchine to dance the title role in "Apollon Musagetes" at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1970, he became a solo dancer with the company and, subsequently, danced an impressive number of roles, many of them choreographed for him by George Balanchine. He made his own debut as choreographer in 1977 with "Calcium Light Night."

Peter Martins stopped dancing in 1983 and was honored with the title ballet master - a title he has shared with George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and John Tarras. In 1990, Peter Martins assumed the post of ballet master alone, after Jerome Robbins decided to leave the company. He has subsequently produced more than 60 ballets - primarily for the New York City Ballet. The Royal Danish Ballet has included a large number of Peter Martins' ballets in its repertoire, including "Stabat Mater" to the music of Pergolesi and "Swan Lake," which was created for the Royal Danish Ballet with sets by Per Kirkeby.