trinidad martínez biography


photo Copyright 2015 Escuela Off Valencia

photo Copyright 2015 Escuela Off Valencia

Trinidad Martínez (Cartagena, Spain) is a freelance choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. At the moment she lives in Hamburg. She works in international artistic projects with professional performers, but she is especially drawn to interact with people with different artistic experiences, social backgrounds and mixed abilities.

in Hamburg

Trinidad Martínez offers dance improvisation classes at the Tanzwerkstatt O33 and Aikido classes for children at the Sho Shin Dojo.

This year she will began a new project: “Kreativer Tanz und Bewegungstheater, Kurse für Kinder des Abenteuerspielplatzes (ASP) Wegenkamp und der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirchengemeinde Stellingen“. In this dance and theater classes for children from ASP and the Church close by, she will combine her experience learnt as a social worker with her artistic practice. She is an honorary co-worker at the social facility “ASP-Wegenkamp” since 2012.

She directed several dance projects in public schools. This year she collaborated with students from the Fritz Schumacher Schule and the Hochrad Gymnasium, with this last school they created “Glück”, which was presented at the Schauspielhaus and Ernst Deutsch Theater. She taught and developed a dance performance with students from the Stadtteilschule Barmbek in Hamburg. The performance, “I need to hear their names loud, at least once,” was a “TuSch” initiative in cooperation with K3 Tanzplan, and was presented in 2013 in Kampnagel.

She colaborated with Katharina Oberlik  in the performance “Hamlet Kids”, which was created and presented in July 2015 at the Inmanuels Kirche in Veddel. They rehearsed with girls between 8 and 11 years old.

She coordinates and choreographs the Altona Macht Auf! Sehnsuchtsfenster & Balcontheater” in Hamburg, where people in the Altona neighborhood are encouraged to make short performances on their balconies. Nearly 300 neighbors participated last year.
She was the choreography assistant on Antje Pfundtner’s performance, “Der Nussknacker,” which premiered in December 2012. She also performed in “Superhero,” a dance production from Yolanda Gutiérrez in 2010. Both productions were presented in Kampnagel Theater.

in Murcia

She co-directs “inesperadamente: improvisation – movement – performance – contact -sound” an annual dance encounter occurring in various artistic spaces in Murcia City, Spain. inesperadamente merges, develops and expands artistically from a collective of seven dancers and a musician: Ingo Reulecke, Marisa Brugarolas, Markus Hoft, Scott Davis, Isabelle Kirouac, Mirva Mäkinen, Trinidad Martínez and Antonio Alemanno.

It is a project that invites people to participate in workshops, performances, labs, discussions, etc. The 10-day festival draws more than 80 people from around the world. Around this project they orbit other residencies and workshops which take place in Murcia and Hamburg.

-read more-inesperadamente is a long term project which searches for continuity and invites people to participate again and again. In fact, there are already exceptional people like Selu Herráiz, Manuel Sánchez Herrero, María Valencia, Katharina Resch, Carlos Herrera, Virginia Maldonado, Heike Gaessler, Claudia Mirabell, Norbert Dorow, Tilmann Rickert, Javier García, Jaume Girbau, Marien San Nicolás, etc.; who have been with us since even before this project began, and who are indispensable for it.

inesperadamente has taken place at the Centro Párraga, el Quirófano and el Cuartel de Artillería. This artistic spaces have been supporting us tremendously, and without them we could not have make this encounter happening. La Oficina de la Bicicleta has been lending us 40 bicycles during the whole festival and Los Pájaros del Ateneo Huertano, has offered us vegetarian meals for a special price. -End read more-

in Guayaquil

In 2011 she received a Goethe Institut grant for a choreography teaching residency at the dance school La Fábrica Cuerpo-Espacio in Guayaquil, Ecuador (Nathalie Elghoul is the director of this space). During those two months she facilitated and taught modern dance, improvisation,etc, 5 hours per day for 20 people from cities throughout the region. They performed at the Sala Zaruma in Teatro Sánchez Aguilar and at the “Festival Internacional de Artes de Guayaquil: Fiartes.” During this time she also performed her solo piece, “In the year 2009 he broke up with me.”

in the United States

In 2007 she went to the United States on a Fulbright Fellowship to expand her knowledge of dance improvisation. During this time she travelled the country participating in numerous dance workshops and festivals. Some of the teachers from who she received class are: Scott Wells, Karl Frost, Cyrus Khambatta, Troy Lucero (Ashtanga Yoga), Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (Aikido), Donovan Waite Sensei (Aikido)  etc. and she participated at: Sfdi, Strictly Seattle, Winter Melt, etc.

In Seattle she began working with the Pat Graney Dance Company and Degenerate Art Ensemble with Haruko Nishimura and Joshua Kohl. She did several projects with both companies until 2010. She choreographed together with Dayton Allemann, Emma Klein and Jonas Buster Radvik “Tres, Tristes, Trigres”, which had premiere at the Freehold Theater.

During this period of time she also participated in artistic projects with a social and artistic background like: Keeping the Faith Project with Pat Graney Company (which took place in a women correctional), Path with Art (workshop for people without many economic resources) and at the Wing Luke Museum (workshop for young people from the Asia community).


She is currently directing and performing “Sala de Espera,” which has been shown in public waiting rooms in Hamburg (Ausländerbehörde and Job Center in Altona) and Murcia (Centro de Salud en Blanca and Facultad de Letras in Murcia). She also is one of the dancers in “Cuerpo Devenir,” an integrated dance project directed by Marisa Brugarolas in Murcia, Spain. They performed at the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Bernardo in Madrid.

In 1998 she founded the Magpai Production Group in Hamburg with the composer, musician and programmer Dayton Allemann. They performed a variety of pieces, which were shown internationally and at the Kampnagel Theater in Hamburg. Together they explored new paths for sound and movement to merge and express together, and produced shows in collaboration with other artists until 2009. From 2003 to 2007 they were part of the artistic collective La Fragua, in Murcia, Spain.

She has offered intensive dance workshops and regular classes since 1998, mainly in Hamburg, Murcia and Seattle, and has taught at numerous Contact Improvisation Dance Festivals, including: Contact Sierra Festival, California, United States; Contact Meets Contemporary, Göttingen, Germany; and the 4th International Contact Improvisation Festival Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain.


Although she starts dancing when she was 7 years old, her main education was at the “Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower” in Cannes, France and at the “Centro de Danza Internacional Carmen Roche” in Madrid, Spain. Here she studied different contemporary dance techniques, ballet, acting, flamenco, etc. She also trained during two years with the dance company “Labor G.rass” in Hamburg, with Arthur Stäldi and Renatte Graziedai, having the main focus in release technique.

It is a priority for her to keep learning, investigating and training; staying curious about dance, art and life. Besides participating in classes, workshops, dance festivals, where other colleagues teach, she practices Aikido regularly since 2003 (1 Dan, Aikikai, Tokyo) and meditates in a daily base.

first companies

Trinidad Martínez began working professionally at the Jeune Ballet International R. Hightower, Cannes, France under the artistic direction from Edward Cook. Later own she works at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, with Philippe Talard as the director and worked at the Theater der Stadt Hagen, directing Jean Jacques Vidal. Both theaters are in Germany.