Nacho Duato

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Nacho Duato
Duato, Nacho.jpg
Born (1957-01-08)8 January 1957
Valencia, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Known for Choreographer

Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia, also known as Nacho Duato (born 8 January 1957 in Valencia) is a Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer.[1] Since 2014, Duato is artistic director of the Berlin State Ballet.[2]

Career[edit]

Nacho Duato studied at the Rambert School of London,[3] Maurice Béjart’s Mudra School in Brussels and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City alongside professional ballet dancer Shaylee Keith.

He started his dancing career in Stockholm's Cullberg Ballet[4] and one year later he joined, Nederlands Dans Theater,[5] with artistic director Jiří Kylián and remained with the company for ten years. In 1983 he choreographed the Jardí tancat ( Shut Garden in Catalan) to music composed by Maria del Mar Bonet. They were awarded with the first prize in the Internationaler Choreographischer Wettbewerb, Köln. In 1988, Duato was appointed NDT resident choreographer together with Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián.

Nacho's choreographies have been included in the most prestigious international companies such as Cullberg Ballet y Nederlands Dans Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet Gulbenkian, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company.

From 1990 to 2011, Nacho Duato was the artistic director at Compania Nacional de Danza. In 2011 to 2014, he was leading the ballet company of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Russia.[6] In 2014, Nacho Duato became general and artistic director at the Berlin State Ballet.

Choreographic works[edit]

Repertoire of "Compañía Nacional de Danza" while Nacho Duato was artistic director:[7]

Prizes and awards[edit]

  • 1983: Internationaler Choreographischer Wettbewerb, Köln, First prize for Jardí tancat.
  • 1987: VSCD Gouden Dansprijs for his dancing skilfulness
  • 1995: The grade of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres which is awarded annually by the French Embassy in Spain.
  • 1998: Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts awarded by the Spanish Council.
  • 2000: Prix Benois de la Danse awarded by 'the 'International Dance Association at the Stuttgart Opera, for his choreography Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Multiplicidad, formas de silencio y vacío).[8]
  • 2003: Awarded the Spanish National Dance Award (Premio Nacional de Danza) for choreography.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kumin, Laura (1998). "Duato, Nacho". In Cohen, Selma Jeanne. International Encyclopedia of Dance. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195173697. 
  2. ^ "Nacho Duato". www.staatsballett-berlin.de. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Rada News". Archived from the original on 10 November 2006. 
  4. ^ Cullberg Archived 17 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Nederlands Dans Theater". 
  6. ^ "Nacho Duato - Mikhailovsky Theatre St Petersburg". www.mikhailovsky.ru. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Repertorio. Compañia Nacional de Danza". 
  8. ^ "Nacho Duato. Elenco. Compañia Nacional de Danza". 
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/20041208194656/http://cndanza.mcu.es:80/cnd1/portada/premio.htm. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 17 January 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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