Eddie Martinez was born and raised in Newton, Kansas. He began his dance studies with Carol Iwasaki and attended Wichita State University where he received his BFA in Dance. Since then he has gone on to have an exceptionally diverse and extended international career, dancing with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
After graduation from Wichita State, and as one of the first recipients of the Koch Cultural Trust Enabling Grants, Eddie’s professional journey took him to New York City, where he studied and danced for a number of years before joining the Tanztheater Wuppertal in 1995, one of the premier dance companies in the world. For the last twenty years, under the tutelage of and in collaboration with Pina Bausch, Eddie has been a part of some of the most groundbreaking works in dance. Pina Bausch, the artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal, was a pioneer in new directions for dance, incorporating a combination of poetic and everyday elements while emphasizing the intense relationship of one human being to another, expanding the choreography through singing and acting. It was this association that propelled Eddie into the forefront of the newly defined “Dance Theatre.”
Because of this association he has been a part of numerous honors given to Pina Bausch - the German Dance Prize in 1995, the Berlin Theatre Prize in1997, Japan's Praemium Imperiale in 1999, Monte Carlo's Nijinsky Prize, the Golden Mask in Moscow in 2005 and the Goethe Prize of the city of Frankfurt in 2008. Eddie performed in two pieces which won the Laurence Olivier Award 'Best New Dance Production' - Nelken (Carnations) and Das Frühlingsopfer (The Rite of Spring). Eddie was also featured in the award-winning Wim Wenders documentary Pina which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011 and was screened at the Wichita Center for the Arts, with Eddie present, in 2014.