"It’s good for me to keep more in touch with the dancers, and not forget how difficult dance is, how vulnerable the dancer can be. . . . When I make choreography I cannot do it from a chair, I must be moving with them. So I make little appearances, like Hitchcock, here and there."
Born Juan Ignacio Duato Barcia, Nacho Duato trained and performed with giants of contemporary dance before establishing himself as a major choreographic talent. His inventive choreography is earthy, sensual, and emotive, with an underlying passion that often rises unabashedly to the surface. In 2010 Duato was appointed artistic director of the ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersberg, Russia, and in 2013 he became artistic director of the Staatsballett Berlin.