Nacho Duato. Nacho Duato is a professional Spanish Ballet dancer. From some years he has been the artistc director for the Spanish National Ballet company.
Born in Valencia, Spain Nacho Duato started professional ballet training with the Rambert School in London at eighteen, expanding studies at Maurice Béjart's Mudra School in Brussels and completing his dance education at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre in New York. In 1980, the Spanish dancer signed his first professional contract with the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm and a year later Jirí Kylián brought him to the Nederlands Dans Theater in Holland, where he was quickly incorporated into company and repertoire.
As a dancer, Nacho Duato received the VSCD Gouden Dansprijs (Golden Dance Award) in 1987 and in 1988 the ballet dancer was named Resident Choreographer for Nederlands Dans Theater-alongside Hans van Manen and Jirí Kylián.
With the growing demand of international companies requesting his work for their repertoire, Duato had to take a decisive step towards choosing his future career. Duato's ballets form part of companies like Cullberg Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Deustche Opera Ballet, Australian Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet Gulbenkian, Introdans, Chicago Hubbard Street Dance Co., Ballet Grand Theatre de Genève, Musik Theater Essen, Finish Opera Ballet, Ballet de Zaragoza and American Ballet Theatre.
In 1995 Nacho Duato received the grade of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres which is annually given by the French Embassy in Spain.
From June 1990 until 2010, invited by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Nacho Duato was the Artistic Director of the National Dance Company (Compañía Nacional de Danza). Currently he is the ballet director of the Mijailóvski Theatre in Saint Petersburg.