Nacho Duato announcing his new position as director of the ballet of the Mikhaylovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 28 July 2010.
8 January 1957|
|Known for||Dance and choreography|
Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia, also known as Nacho Duato (Valencia, 8 January 1957) is a Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer. After a long and successful career, he was selected by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education as the artistic director of the National Spanish Dance Company (Compañía Nacional de Danza de España) in June 1990. In July 2010 Nacho Duato was appointed the artistic director of the ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, effective from January 2011.
Nacho Duato studied at the Rambert School of London, 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 and one year later he joined, Nederlands Dans Theater, 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 steady NDT 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.
- Ucelli (Respighi)
- Jardi Tancat (Bonet)
- Synaphaï (Xenakis/Vangelis)
- Bolero (Ravel)
- Arenal (Bonet)
- Chansons Madecasses (Ravel)
- Raptus (Wagner Wesendonck Lieder)
- Concierto Madrigal (Rodrigo)
- Cor Perdut (Bonet)
- Opus Piat (Beethoven)
- Empty (collage de Kobayashi, Glass, Hendrix, Sculthorpe, Shankar, Marta y Camille Saint-Saëns)
- Coming Together (Rzewski)
- Mediterrania (Jerónimo Maesso, Bonet, Peter Griggs, Lisa Gerrard, Perry, Juan A. Arteche and Javier Paxariño)
- Duende (Debussy)
- Na Floresta (Villa-Lobos, Wagner Tisso)
- Cautiva (Iglesias)
- Alone, for a Second (Satie)
- Tabulae (Iglesias)
- Ecos (Micus)
- Cero sobre cero (Iglesias)
- Por vos muero (Spanish music from the 15th and 16th centuries)
- Self (Iglesias)
- Remansos (Granados)
- Romeo y Julieta (Sergei Prokofiev)
- Without Words (Schubert)
- Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Johann Sebastian Bach)
- White Darkness (Jenkins)
- Txalaparta (Junkera, Oreka TX)
- Castrati (Vivaldi, Jenkins)
- Herrumbre (Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Caballero)
- Diecisiete (Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Caballero)
- Alas (Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Caballero, Pärt, Massenet, Szymański, Fuckhead)
- Gilded Goldbergs (Holloway, Johann Sebastian Bach)
- Gnawa (Hakmoun/ Rudolph, Juan A. Arteche and Javier Paxariño, Abou-Khalil/ Velez/ Kusur/ Sarkissian)
- Hevel (Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Caballero)
- O Domina Nostra (Górecki)
- Kol Nidre (Tavener, Pärt, Zorn)
- Jardín Infinito (Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Caballero, Schnittke, Tchaikovsky)
- Repertoire of "Compañía Nacional de Danza" while Nacho Duato was artistic director:
Prizes and awards
- 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).
- 2003: Awarded the Spanish National Dance Award (Premio Nacional de Danza) for choreography.
- Kumin, Laura (1998). "Duato, Nacho". In Cohen, Selma Jeanne. International Encyclopedia of Dance. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195173697.
- "Rada News".[dead link]
- Cullberg Archived 17 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Nederlands Dans Theater".
- "Repertorio. Compañia Nacional de Danza".
- "Nacho Duato. Elenco. Compañia Nacional de Danza".
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- Página personal de Nacho Duato Archived 18 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine (Spanish)
- Nederlands Dans Theater (Dutch)
- Nederlands Dans Theater[dead link] (English)
- Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spanish)
- Archive film of Nacho Duato's Gnawa performed in 2010 at Jacob's Pillow
- Archive film of Nacho Duato's Arenal performed in 2004 at Jacob's Pillow
- Archive film of David Hallberg performing in Nacho Duato's Kaburias in 2012 at Jacob’s Pillow
- Nacho Duato's page at Staatsballett Berlin in German