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Nacho Duato

  • Nacho Duato © Ministerio de Cultura

    Nacho Duato © Ministerio de Cultura






Date of birth

Jan 8, 1957

" Dancer and choreographer. He is one of the most important international artists in contemporary Spanish dance."

Juan Ignacio Duato Barcia was born in Valencia in 1957. He trained at the Rambert School in London and continued his studies at Maurice Béjart's Mudra School in Brussels and at Alvin Ailey's American Dance Centre in New York. His professional career began in 1980 at the prestigious Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, but it was at the Nederlands Dans Theater (1981), directed by Jirí Kylián, where he first came to prominence. He composed his first choreography there, 'Jardí tancat' (1983), with music by María del Mar Bonet. His ballets and choreography are part of the repertoires of the most prestigious international companies. He was artistic director of the Spanish National Lyrical Theatre Ballet in Madrid, today the National Dance Company (1990-2010). In 1999 he founded the National Dance Company 2, with the aim of training and preparing dancers for their professional life. He directs the Mikhaylovsky Theatre Ballet in Saint Petersburg.


Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1999)
National Dance Award (2003)

Essential works

  • «Alas». Compañía Nacional de Danza © Fernando Marcos. Ministerio de Cultura


    A fusion of disciplines in search of a new language. Cinema, theatre and dance come together in this bold staging designed by the dancer and choreographer Nacho Duato and the Slovenian theatre director Tomaz Pandur.

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  • 'Arenal'. National Dance Company © Paco Ruiz. Ministerio de Cultura


    The popular traditions of the Mediterranean are reflected in the voice of Majorcan singer-songwriter María del Mar Bonet and the choreography by Nacho Duato.

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  • «Duende». Compañía Nacional de Danza © Ministero de Cultura


    The magical worlds of the French composer Claude Debussy become a suggestive symbolic dance in the hands of dancer and choreographer Nacho Duato.

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  • «Gilded Goldbergs». Compañía Nacional de Danza © Fernando Marcos. Ministerio de Cultura

    Gilded Goldbergs

    One of the culminating musical works of all time, the ‘Goldberg Variations’ by composer Johann Sebastian Bach, were the inspiration for this choreography by dancer Nacho Duato.

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  • 'Jardí Tancat'. National Classical Dance Company © Ministerio de Cultura

    Jardí Tancat

    The Majorcan singer-songwriter María del Mar Bonet has been a continual reference in the work of dancer and choreographer Nacho Duato.

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Cobalto © Ministerio de Cultura


Herrumbre © Ministerio de Cultura


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