Krzysztof Pastor resigns as resident choreographer at Dutch National Ballet.
Pastor, who is director of the Polish National Ballet as well as the Lithuanian National Ballet, held the position of resident choreographer since 2003. Krzysztof Pastor was the fourth resident choreographer in the history of the company after Rudi van Dantzig, Hans van Manen and Toer van Schayk.
Krzysztof Pastor: ‘I am grateful to have had the opportunity to live in the Netherlands and work for Dutch National Ballet first as a dancer and later as a choreographer for over 30 years. Now understanding an artistic director’s freedom of vision and choice, I decided to liberate the post of resident choreographer of Dutch National Ballet making space for new generations.’
Ted Brandsen, director Dutch National Ballet: ‘Krzysztof and I grew up together as choreographers as it were. I have great admiration for his work and what he has accomplished over the years. He has also strongly contributed to the artistic development of the Dutch National Ballet and his work will remain on the repertoire of the company. Despite our now less intertwined connection, Krzysztof will always remain a part of Dutch National Ballets family.’
Krzystof Pastor – short biography
Krzysztof Pastor (1956, Gdansk, Poland) was a dancer with the Dutch National Ballet from 1985 to 1995 and has been resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet from 2003 to 2017.
Amongst the full length productions he created for the company are Kurt Weill (2001), Don Giovanni, (2005), Nijinsky – Dancer Clown God (2010) and The Tempest (2014) and furthermore amongst others Shostakovich Chamber Symphony (1992) Do not Go Gentle… (2000), Tao (2002) Voice (2004), Crossing Paths (2006), In Light and Shadow (2006), Moving Rooms (2008), Dumbarton Dances (2009) Sheherazade (2009) and Bolero (2012).
He also created work for companies such as the Bolshoi Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, The Washington Ballet, The Australian Ballet, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet and the Hong Kong Ballet.
To date, he has created nearly seventy ballets. Early 2014 his production of Romeo and Juliet (created for Scottish Ballet in 2008) was taken into the repertoire of both the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago as the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw and later at the Lithuanian Ballet in Vilnius.
In March 2009 he was appointed as director of Polski Balet Narodowy, the Polish National Ballet, and in 2011 took additional duties of Artistic Director of Ballet at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Among the variety of prizes Pastor has won choreographic awards at the Helsinki International Ballet competition and from Dutch foundation Dansersfonds’79. He received special prizes from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Gloria Artist Gold Medal and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2015). In 2016 received the Honorary Golden Star of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.