Octavio Martin is a native of Habana Cuba, and received his dance training at the Cuban National Ballet School “Alejo Carpentier.” Mr. Martin joined the National Ballet of Cuba in 1994 under the direction of Alicia Alonso, and in 2001, was promoted to a Primer Bailarin. During his twelve years at the National Ballet of Cuba, Mr. Martin represented the company in galas, festivals and theaters in Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2004, he received the ‘Alejo Carpentier’ medal, one of the highest honors in Cuba for an artist; in the same year, he was invited to appear as a Principal Guest Artist for The Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada. In 2006, he joined The Sarasota Ballet first under the direction of Robert de Warren and then under the direction of Iain Webb.
Mr. Martin’s leading roles with the Cuban Ballet include Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, Shakespeare and His Marks, Dido Abandonada, The Magic Flute, Tula, Waltz Shadows by Alicia Alonso, Carmen, by Alberto Alonso, Suit Generis, Paso a Tres, El Poema del Fuego by Alberto Mendez, Magissimo by Jorge Garcia, Cinderella by Pedro Consuegra, Blood Wedding by Antonio Gades, Canto Vital, Espartaco Pas de Deux by Roland Petit, The Leaves are Fading Pas de Deux by Antony Tudor, In the Night by Jerome Robbins, Tablada by Juan Carlos Santamaria, The Dying Swan by Michael Desconbey, Presencia by Luis Arrieta, and Tierra y Luna by Maria Rovira.
With the Sarasota Ballet, his performing roles include The Nutcracker, and Othello by Robert de Warren, Donizetti Variations, Concerto Barocco, Alegro Brillante, and Who Cares? by George Balanchine, The Two Pigeons, and Façade by Sir Frederick Ashton, Giselle by Sir Peter Wrights, Las Hermanas, and Elite Syncopation by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, The Rakes Progress by Dame Ninette de Valois, Lilac Garden by Sir Frederick Ashton, Grosse Fuge by Hans Van Manen, The Lesson by Flemming Flindt, Pineapple Poll by John Cranko, There Where She Loved, and The American Pas de Deux by Christopher Wheeldon, Troy Game by Robert North, Othello by Peter Darrell, Le Corsaire pas de trios, and Black Swan Pas de Duex by Marius Petipa, and Contact by Susan Stroman.
The last two works Mr. Martin created for the Sarasota Ballet: On the Outside, in 2010 and Orpheus and Eurydice in 2011.