Principal Dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet, Martí Fernández Paixà is a brilliant young artist whose star has soared rapidly thanks to his on-stage charisma, wide range of dramatic expressivity, impeccable technical skill, and superb partnering abilities.

Born in Catalonia, Spain, Fernández Paixà attended a private ballet school in his hometown, before joining the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, from which he graduated in 2014. In the 2014/15 season he became an apprentice with the Stuttgart Ballet and was soon taken into the Corps de ballet. His career quickly rocketed: three months later he was promoted to Demi Soloist and the following year, to Soloist. He became a Principal Dancer at the beginning of the 2021/22 season.

Martí Fernández Paixà’s repertory includes Romeo in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, the title role in Demis Volpi’s Krabat, Desiré in Marcia Haydée’s Sleeping Beauty, Allan Gray in John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as solo roles in works by Kenneth MacMillan, Jiri Kylián, Hans van Manen, Edward Clug and Marco Goecke. Resident Choreographer Demis Volpi created the Young Syrian role in his Salome and the title role in The Soldier’s Tale especially for him.

As the arrogant Onegin in Cranko’s ballet, critics highlighted the “skill in the blend of facial expressions and gestures, paired with the smooth and soft danseur noble quality, and crowned by a stupendous lifting technique that creates a natural flow” (Online Merker). In Sleeping Beauty, he showed “extraordinary radiance and stage presence as Prince Desiré” (tanznetz). His Armand in Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias consistently plays to sold out audiences that seek him out in the role.

His versatility can be illustrated in the contrasting roles performed in The Taming of the Shrew, where he has masterfully played both the boorish Petruccio as well as the romantic Lucentio, where he was lauded as “an artist that relies on his prowess, technically and dramatically brilliant”—“particularly dazzling” was “his soaring elevation, which, light as a feather, appears out of the blue” (Der Opernfreund).

This season Martí debuted as Romeo in Cranko’s version of the Shakespeare classic and critics were impressed: “he looks gorgeous – the next Stuttgart star is ready”! (Dance for You Magazine).


  • A Streetcar named Desire (John Neumeier): Allan Gray
  • Adagio Hammerklavier (Hans van Manen)
  • Arcadia (Douglas Lee)
  • Bliss (Johan Inger)
  • Boléro (Maurice Béjart)
  • Brouillards (John Cranko): La puerta del vino, Des pas sur la neige, Voiles
  • Cassiopeia’s Garden (Christian Spuck)
  • Concerto for Flute and Harp (John Cranko)
  • Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins): Roles in Blue and in Purple
  • Dark Glow (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • Death in Venice (Staging, Choreography: Demis Volpi): Apollon
  • Deltangi (Timoor Afshar)
  • Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra): Gypsy Prince, Gypsy King
  • Forgotten Land (Jiri Kylián): Couple in White
  • Giselle (nach Coralli, Perrot, Petipa)
  • Große Fuge (Hans van Manen)
  • Hikarizatto (Itzik Galili)
  • Holberg Pas de deux (John Cranko)
  • Initials R.B.M.E. (John Cranko): R., Solo roles in B. and E.
  • Jeu de Cartes (John Cranko): Hearts suite
  • Kaash (Akram Khan)
  • Kammerballett (Hans van Manen)
  • Krabat (Demis Volpi)
  • L’Estro Armonico (John Cranko)
  • La fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton): Colas
  • Lamento (Andreas Heise)
  • Le Chant du Rossignol (Marco Goecke)
  • Le Jeune Homme et La Mort (Roland Petit)
  • Leonce and Lena (Christian Spuck)
  • Lucid Dream (Marco Goecke)
  • Mayerling (Kenneth MacMillan): Hungarian officer
  • Mehlberg (Shaked Heller)
  • Miniatures (Douglas Lee): Pas de deux
  • Nachtmerrie (Marco Goecke)

  • Naiad (Douglas Lee)
  • Neurons (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • No Men’s Land (Edward Clug)
  • One of a Kind (Jiří Kylián)
  • Onegin (John Cranko): Onegin, Lenski
  • Suite (Uwe Scholz): pas de trois
  • Patterns in ¾ (Edward Clug)
  • Petals (Louis Stiens)
  • Petite Mort (Jiří Kylián)
  • Pineapple Poll (John Cranko): Captain Belaye
  • Poème de l’Extase (John Cranko): Vision
  • Pompei (Aurora De Mori)
  • PS (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • Reflection/s (Roman Novitzky): Solo
  • Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan)
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko): Mercutio, Paris, Benvolio, pas de deux
  • Salome (Demis Volpi): The young Syrian
  • Sanctus-Pas de deux from: Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan)
  • Seventh Symphony (Uwe Scholz)
  • Spring Waters (Asaf Messerer)
  • Ssss… (Edward Clug)
  • Swan Lake (John Cranko): Companion of the Prince, Cavalier to Princess of Spain
  • Symphony in C (George Balanchine): solo role 1st movement
  • Take Your Pleasure Seriously (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • The Lady and the Fool (John Cranko): Prince from Arroganza
  • The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier): Armand Duval
  • The Nutcracker (Edward Clug): The Nutcracker / Drosselmeier’s Nephew
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée after Petipa): Prince Desiré, Prince of the South, Ali Baba, Cavalier
  • The Soldier’s Tale (Demis Volpi): The Soldier
  • The Song of the Earth (Kenneth MacMillan): Solo role
  • The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko): Petrucchio, Lucentio, Pas de six