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István Martin is a Franco-Hungarian ballet dancer.
After studying at the Hungarian Dance Academy, Martin worked at Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg.
In 1990, he was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to spend a month with the soloists of the American Ballet Theatre. His first professional experience was with Iván Markó, choreographer and artistic director of the Ballet of Györ.
After his first engagement in 1990/1991 at the Ballet of Györ, Martin danced in several of Markó's pieces: Dance Meditation (1992, Hungarian television), Jerusalem Lights (Spring Board Company in Israel, 1992/1993). He also danced in Desert Wanderer (Jerusalem Dance Theatre, 1993) and in the choreography of Tannhäuser (Festival of Bayreuth, 1992, 1993). At the German Opera of the Rhine (Düsseldorf) from 1993 to 1995, he danced the choreographies of Heinz Spoerli, Erich Walter, and George Balanchine.
Martin became a member of the Opéra National de Bordeaux ballet company in September 1995. With them, he danced in Don Quixote, Marco Polo, Électra, Petrushka, Danses Concertantes, Coppélia, The Prodigal Son, The Four Temperaments, The Four Seasons, Raymonda, and Aunis.
As a choreographer he created a Pas de deux titled Destinées for a gala organized by the Opéra de Nice, in homage to Janine Monin. In 2002 he created a Pas de trois titled Baile Español for the Summer Festival of Formentera, and in 2003 a choreography for the opera The Tsar's Bride performed in Bordeaux and in Paris's Châtelet.
Martin's international tours include Romeo and Juliet and Diaghilev's pieces in the United States, Coppélia in Bilbao, Giselle and The Nutcracker in Japan, Homage to Petipa in Kiev, Suite en Blanc in Kiev and in Biarritz, Saint Petersburg, Budapest, the Netherlands, Italy, in Sicily with Nutcracker, in San Sebastian with Coppélia and in the Liceu of Barcelona with the program Picasso.
He participated with the soloists of the Opéra National de Bordeaux in a gala in Oviedo, Málaga, Izmir, and Budapest.