Queensland Ballet Principal dancer Christian Tátchev steps into a new role
Christian Tátchev, Principal Dancer at Queensland Ballet since joining the Company in October 2008, has announced he is retiring from dancing due to an ongoing injury, and to focus on his position as Ballet Master for the Company. Tátchev was appointed as Ballet Master in January this year.
Renowned for his commanding presence on stage, technical finesse and excellent partnering skills, audiences have delighted in watching Tátchev’s exquisite dancing.
In announcing his decision, Christian said: “I have been blessed with a rich professional career, and I feel that the time is right for me to move away from dancing and concentrate on my position as Ballet Master.”
Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer François Klaus comments: “Terpsichore, the Greek goddess of dance, is a cruel mistress who rarely leaves the time for those who love her to reach the maturity to honour her as they wish. I am sad to see Christian ending his career as a Principal Dancer while still in his prime, but in his new role as Ballet Master, he will be able transmit his knowledge and experience to the young dancers of the Company. I consider it a hugely important role, and a fascinating one for those who are equipped to perform it.”
Bulgarian born Christian received his ballet training at the National School of Choreography in Sophia, Bulgaria. He joined Queensland Ballet in October 2008 after performing in the Company’s annual International Gala in July with his wife Zenia as guest artists. Prior to Queensland Ballet, Christian danced with the National Opera and Ballet Sofia, Contemporary Dance Company ‘Arabesque’, PACT Ballet (later State Theatre Ballet), Cape Town City Ballet and the South African Ballet Theatre.
Tátchev has danced most major roles in the classical ballet repertoire during his dance career, as well as works by celebrated choreographers such as Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine and Nils Christe. He taught extensively at the South African Ballet Academy from 2002 until 2008, and from 2006 – 2008 acted as Company Coach for the South African Ballet Theatre in addition to his rank as Principal Dancer.
“Queensland Ballet is a very special place with very special people. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to continue working with the Company, and am very thankful to Anna Marsden and François Klaus for giving me the chance to continue doing what I love by appointing me as Ballet Master. I am very excited about the next chapter of my life.”
- Short Dialogues 2011, Nils Christe
- Fonteyn Remembered 2010, François Klaus
- Memories 2009, François Klaus
- La Traviata 2008, Veronica Paeper
- Swan Lake 2007, Marius Petipa / Lev Ivanov
- Hamlet 2006, Kenneth Greaves
- Giselle 2003, Marius Petipa / Jules Perrot
- Romeo and Juliet 2003, Nikolai Borisov
- Anna Karenina 2001, André Prokovsky
- Zivago 2000, André Prokovsky
- The Merry Widow 2000, Ronald Hynd
- The Dream 1999, Frederick Ashton
- Lambarena, Val Caniparoli
- La Sylphide 1998, August Bourneville
About Queensland Ballet
Queensland Ballet was established in 1960 and remains one of only three professional ballet companies in Australia. The Company employs 25 professional dancers, 15 staff and works with over 100 musicians, designers, choreographers and creative workers each year. Queensland Ballet also promotes and develops dance education, principally through a partnership with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE), and its Professional Year and Junior Extension Programs which will continue to be part of the Company’s core business.
Over its 52 year life, Queensland Ballet has grown into a creative powerhouse. Housed in one of Brisbane’s historic buildings and with generous funding from both state and federal governments, Queensland Ballet’s high production values and growing suite of training and education programs continues to attract dancers of international calibre. Over the past decade the Company has deepened its relationship with core audiences, increased its profile through international touring and developed a highly regarded repertoire ranging from short works for children to new, full-length story ballets.