Altin Kaftira (born 1972 in Albania) is a former danseur with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He danced with the Ballet from 1995 on, and from 2000 to 2007 was the Ballet's principal dancer (working with choreographers such as Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, Jerome Robbins, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Ted Brandsen), and has danced in almost a dozen George Balanchine ballets. In 2007, he left to pursue a career as a filmmaker. One of his first film assignments was the production and direction of the 75th anniversary gala for Hans van Manen.
In 2002 the then-president of Albania, Rexhep Meidani, awarded Kaftira with the title of Art's Ambassador of the Nation. In an interview with Kaftira just before his retirement, Dutch critic and writer Herman Stevens, in an article in the Dutch magazine HP/De Tijd, called him an audience favorite, a star possessing the most charisma of any dancer at the National Ballet.
Kaftira as principal dancer, Dutch National Ballet
- February - March 2000: Apollo in Apollon musagète (Igor Stravinsky), Muziektheater, Amsterdam
- May 2001: Twilight (music by John Cage), Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
- December 2004: Petrushka in Petrushka (Sergei Diaghilev), Muziektheater, Amsterdam
- 2005: Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni (music by Mozart, choreography by Krzysztof Pastor), Muziektheater, Amsterdam
- August 2005: the husband in The Concert (music by Frédéric Chopin, choreography by Jerome Robbins), Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Playhouse
- November 2006, Vier Letzte Lieder (music by Richard Strauss, choreography by Rudi van Dantzig), Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
- August 2006: Into the Agape (choreography by Altin Naska), Atheneaum Theatre, Chicago
- 2006: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (music by Sergei Prokofiev, choreography by Rudi van Dantzig), Hong Kong
- Stevens, Herman (2006-09-01). "Altin Kaftira: Het laatste seizoen van een danser". HP/De Tijd. Retrieved 2009-02-17.[dead link]
- "Altin Alexandros Kaftira [is] a heroic and strong Apollo," Klooss, Helma (2000-06-01). "Stravinsky Festival in Holland". Dance Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- Percival, John (2001-05-17). "Dutch National Ballet, Sadler's Wells, London: A trick of the light". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- Pegler, Emma (May 2001). "Dutch National Ballet: Hans van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier, Three Pieces for HET, Twilight, Live, George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Krystof Pastor's Do not go gentle". Criticaldance.com. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- Ottoni, Verinha (2001). "Dutch National Ballet - Hans van Manen". Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- Haegeman, Marc (2004). "A Tribute to Diaghilev and a Music Hall Firebird". Danceviewtimes. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- Hiskemuller, Sander (2005-08-15). "Don Giovanni: Don Giovanni probeert in een nieuw ballet dansend de vrouwen om zijn vingers te winden". Trouw. Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
- Philippa, Yvonne. "Don Giovanni als ballet van Krzysztof Pastor: De ultieme verleiding". Philippa.nl. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
- Snedeker, Kate (2005-09-01). "Edinburgh International Festival 2005: Dutch National Ballet - 'La Valse', 'The Grey Area', 'The Concert'". Ballet-Dance Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
- "The dancers strain at the leash like the stunning Larissa Lezhnina and Altin Kaftira, keeping us on the edge of our seats." Taylor, Jeffery (December 2006). "Dutch National Ballet, Momix - DNB: 'Vier Letzte Lieder', 'Suite For Two,' 'Frank Bridge Variations,' 'The Second Detail'; Momix: 'Lunar Sea'". Ballet.com Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-09-09. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
- "The cast is uniformly good but Altin Kaftira stands out for his superb partnering of Larissa Lezhnina in the prominent third song." Percival, John (2006-11-13). "Dutch Delight: 'Vier letzte Lieder,' 'Frank Bridge Variations,' 'Suite for Two' and 'The Second Detail,' Dutch National Ballet". Danceviewtimes. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
- Percival, John (2006-11-09). "Frank Bridge Variations, Vier letzte Lieder, Suite for Two, The Second Detail". The Stage. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
- Mauro, Lucia (2006-10-01). "Chicago Choreographers Go Dutch". Pointe Magazine. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
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