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Martino Müller is a Swiss choreographer who is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was born in 1963 in the city Aarau in Switzerland.
It was in 1982 that his dance talent was recognized internationally, when he won the Prix Suisse during the Prix de Lausanne. After finishing his education, he became engaged in the Karlsruhe Ballet in Germany. A year later, he joined the Stuttgarter Ballet directed by Marcia Hydé.
His original interest in classical ballet changed when he came in contact with the contemporary work of Jiri Kylián. This meeting enticed Müller to leave Germany and move to the Netherlands, so that he could accept the position offered to him by the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1). Müller developed his skills as a choreographer in 1992, when he was asked to work for NDT II, the junior group of the dance company. His first choreography ''Who’s Watching Who' proved to be a striking debut and immediately received a prize: the 'Aanmoedigingsprijs from the Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunsten'.
In that same year Martino Müller was also invited to work for the Festival der Kunste in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria. This lead to the production entitled 'A Woman Can Take You To Another Universe– Sometimes She Just Leaves You There'. This project was so successful that NDT I included it in its repertoire and asked Müller to create a new piece.
The premiere of this new creation, entitled 'Heidi', took place in 1994. Due in part to Heidi Müller received another award, the 'Jacob Burchardt Prize' given by the Johan Wolfgang von Goethe Foundation in Basel.
Müller quit his dancing carrier in 1995 in order to devote himself completely to choreography.
Since then he has choreographed for various prestigious dance companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Ballet Met in Columbus Ohio USA, the Swedish Göteborg Ballet, The Basel Ballet in Switzerland.
Müller’s first choreography for a musical 'Notre Dame de Paris', was nominated for the prestigious Canadian Theater prize Masque de la Contribution Speciale in February 2000. In Notre Dame de Paris Müller’s powerful dance language became visible, by using academic ballet technique. He managed to synthesize modern dance with elements from acrobatics to form a wonderful apotheosis.
This large-scale musical had its premiere in the Parisian Palais des Congres September 1998, and has already had 8 different productions visiting many cities all over the world: France “Paris”, Canada “Montreal’, USA “Las Vegas”, England “London”, Spain “Barcelona”, Italy “Rome” in May 2002 in Russia “Moscow”, and the latest in 2008 Korea Seoul. Notre Dame de Paris is a favorite for visitors in these metropolises and has now attracted over 10 million spectators.
Muller first full-length evening work was a ballet on the classic Shakespeare 'Romeo and Juliet', made for the Goteborg Ballet. It was performed with live orchestra music by Sergei Prokofiev. It was also his first close collaboration with the Dutch visual artist Eduard Hermans who designed the set and costumes. The ballet premiered successfully on the 13. October 2001 in Göteborg, Sweden.

The musical entitled 'Cindy' is a production written by the Canadian Luc Plamondon, with music composed by Italian Romano Musumarra and
co- directed by Lewis Furey and Gilles Maheu. The premiere was on 25.September 2002 and Müller was responsible for the choreography.
Beauty is a series of 4 ballets with the theme 'Beauty.....'. 'Beauty 1.1' is a 10 minute solo for Gioconda Barbuto (NDT 3) with music from Dutch composer Willem Jeths. 'Beauty 1.2' is a solo work for Margueritte Donlon and was performed together with 'Beauty 3.0' for Donlon’s dance company in Saarbrücken (Germany). Beauty 3.0 is a ballet for 8 dancers and is 45 minutes long and had its premiere on April 23. 2004. The music is a collage from various Japanese composers.

The work for the Basel Ballet, Müller has given the name 'Beauty 2.0' and includes 20 dancers.
The music is a Quartet from Gavin Brayars and was performed live by the Swiss AMAR Quartet. On April 2. 2004 the premiere was performed in the Schauspielhaus in Basel Switzerland. 2005 saw the creation of 'Beauty 1.3' (a Korzo Production, in Den Haag, Netherlands), 'Beauty 1.4' (for Frankfurt, Germany),'Eau de la Haye' (in Den Haag, Netherlands), and 'Intermissions' (in Grenada, Spain).

In 2006 Müller created a ballet for the Tel Aviv Israeli Opera entitled 'Real'.
In 2007 Canada’s famous Cirque de Soleil invited Martino to choreograph for a new permanent show in Macau, (China). This 200 million Dollar production entitled 'Zaia' opened in a specially built Theatre at world’s biggest Casino the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel on 31 October 2008.
In November 2008 he was asked to work on a Chinese Musical “Butterflies“ in Beijing. The Songlei Culture & Media organization commissioned him to redirect and choreograph this entire spectacle and after 3 month of intense collaboration with Dutch designer Eduard Hermans and the Songlei organization, the musical premiered in Seoul (Korea) at the Sejong Center on March 27, 2009.

2009 also saw 2 new dance works, a solo for Gioconda Barbuto entitled "SEED" which was premiered in Den Haag, October 29, 2009 at the Holland Dance Festival's tribute to Nederlands Dans Theater's 50th Anniversary, and a new creation for Ballet Augsburg (Germany) entitled "i-rumour", that premiered on October 31, 2009.

On April 17,2010 AIR was premiered for the 50 year anniversary of the Music Biennale Zagreb with the Croatian National Theater Zagreb Ballet.
Creations in 2011 included a New work entitled "Love" for the Luzern Theater Ballet ,World premiere 5. October 2011 and in November “I promessi sposi” a musical for Opera Moderna Rome Italy.

Upcoming premieres for 2012 include a New creation entitled "Peter Pan" forMusic Hall productions,World premiere Bruxelles December 22 2012, as well as "Notre-Dame de Paris" Musical
New Russian/Asian tour with the English version Premiere in Moscow October 29 2012.