Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Nacho Duato to head Staatsballett Berlin
In 2014 Nacho Duato will become the head of the Staatsballett Berlin. At the same time he’ll continue his work with the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company as Resident Choreographer.
The famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato will be the director of the German ballet company: in August 2014, after Vladimir Malakhov’s contract expires, Duato will become Intendant of the Staatsballett Berlin. Nacho Duato will continue his work as Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet till 1 February 2014, afterwards he’ll continue his work with the Company as Resident Choreographer.
The upcoming plans of the choreographer at the Mikhailovsky Theatre include the première of a one-act ballet set to Andrzej Panufnik’s musiс (the working title – Promenade). In May his famous Na Floresta, the ballet to music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, will also première at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
In December 2013 the choreographer will present to the public his version of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Duato’s “Russian period” is characterized by his attention to the titles of the classical ballet repertoire. In future Nacho Duato will continue producing new ballets for the Mikhailovsky Ballet and will personally ensure the quality of the performance of his ballets.
“My “Russian period” is of great importance for me, my Russian experience is absolutely priceless. But nobody can sit on two chairs at once. When I got the offer from Berlin, I discussed it with Vladimir Kekhman very thoroughly. We reached mutual understanding, and I think, we found a solution, when my open-ended obligations towards the Mikhailovsky Theatre will be slightly different. I’m not going to part with Russia or with my dancers. My future work with Berlin, among other things, means co-production with the Mikhailovsky Theatre, ballet stars guest appearances, other forms of cooperation,” Nacho Duato says.
“The new quality of the Mikhailovsky Ballet acquired due to its work with Nacho Duato is obvious to everybody. I’m grateful to the great master for everything that he’s done and will do for our theatre. At the beginning of our cooperation, when we were discussing his work with us, Nacho Duato outlined two stages of work with the company: at first, the dancers work only with him, then, when the company is ready, he’d pave the way for different styles and would invite other choreographers to the theatre. We can say, we have successfully completed the first stage. The name of the new Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet, starting in 2014, will be announced till the end of the season,” Vladimir Kekhman comments.
- Nacho Duato took up the post of Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet on 1 January 2011. He staged ballets Duende, Without Words, Nunc Dimittis, Prelude, The Sleeping Beauty, Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, Romeo and Juliet.
The ballets Duende and Prelude were nominated for The Golden Masque Award in season 2010/11. The ballet Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness was nominated for The Golden Masque Award in season 2011/12. Nacho Duato was nominated for Best Male Ballet Role for performing the role of Choreographer in the ballet.