Nacho Duato

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Nacho Duato
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Nacho Duato announcing his new position as director of the ballet of the Mikhaylovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 28 July 2010.
Born (1957-01-08)8 January 1957
Valencia, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Known for Dance and choreography

Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia, also known as Nacho Duato (born 8 January 1957 in Valencia) is a Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer.[1] 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,[2] 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[3] and one year later he joined, Nederlands Dans Theater,[4] 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.

On 2 July 2013 the German Online Newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported that Nacho Duato was to become the chief of the Berlin State Ballet.

Choreographic works[edit]

Repertoire of "Compañía Nacional de Danza" while Nacho Duato was artistic director:[5]

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).[6]
  • 2003: Awarded the Spanish National Dance Award (Premio Nacional de Danza) for choreography.[7]


  1. ^ Kumin, Laura (1998). "Duato, Nacho". In Cohen, Selma Jeanne. International Encyclopedia of Dance. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195173697. 
  2. ^ "Rada News". Archived from the original on 10 November 2006. 
  3. ^ Cullberg Archived 17 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Nederlands Dans Theater". 
  5. ^ "Repertorio. Compañia Nacional de Danza". 
  6. ^ "Nacho Duato. Elenco. Compañia Nacional de Danza". 
  7. ^ Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 17 January 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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