Germinal Casado

Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Director, Set Designer
He was born in Casablanca, Morocco on 6/8/1934. He studied dance with Nicolas Zverev and Nina Léontieff. In 1955, he made his first appearance on stage with Paul Goubé’s group and the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas. From 1957 to 1970, he worked as a dancer and set designer with Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century (Ballet du XXe siècle). As a leading interpreter, he danced in more than fifty ballets: The Rite of Spring [Le Sacre du Printemps], Prometheus [Prométhée], Don Juan, Romeo and Juliet [Roméo et Juliette], Matilda or Crazy Love (Mathilde ou l’Amour fou), Bhakti, etc. As a set designer he contributed in successful productions of the Ballet of the 20th Century: The Tales of Hoffmann [Les Contes d’Hoffmann], The Merry Widow [La Veuve Joyeuse], The Birds [Les Oiseaux], The Damnation of Faust [La Damnation de Faust], The Temptation of Saint Anthony [La Tentation de Saint Antoine]. As a costume designer, he did the costumes in significant theatrical productions in France (1966-1972). As an actor, he worked with Ariane Mnouchkine (1968) and performed at the Avignon Festival, in New York and in Brussels. When he stopped dancing, he continued to direct, choreograph and design sceneries for operas, operettas and musicals (Barcelona, Darmstadt, Athens, Lisbon, Hague, Milan). From 1977 to 1998, he was the director and choreographer of the Danza Vita theater company in Karlsruhe. For the GNO, he did the choreography and costumes in four ballets: Thirteen Spanish Folk Songs [Dekatria laïka ispanika tragoudia] (1975-1976), L’Arlesiana (1975-76), Bewitched Love [El amor brujo] (1976-77), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1992-93). He published books on dance, his sceneries and his collaboration with Maurice Béjart. He was awarded the Cross of Virtue by the German State for his promotion of German culture.