|Born||8 January 1957|
Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia, also known as Nacho Duato (born 8 January 1957) is a Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer. Since 2014, Duato is artistic director of the Berlin State Ballet.
Nacho Duato studied at the Rambert School of London, Maurice Béjart's Rudra 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 Ji?í 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 NDT resident choreographer together with Hans van Manen and Ji?í Kylián.
Duato'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.
From 1990 to 2011, Nacho Duato was the artistic director at Compania Nacional de Danza. In 2011 to 2014, he was leading the ballet company of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Russia. In 2014, Nacho Duato became general and artistic director at the Berlin State Ballet. In 2016, Michael Mueller, Mayor of Berlin, announced that the city will not extend Duato's contract with the company when it expires in 2019. Sasha Waltz and Johannes Ohman are to succeed him as joint artistic directors of the Berlin State Ballet.
- 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, Szyma?ski, 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: Spanish National Dance Award (Premio Nacional de Danza) for choreography