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Krzysztof Pastor

Resident choreographer

Krzysztof Pastor (1956, Gdansk, Poland) has been resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet since 2003. He combines this function with his position as director of Polski Balet Narodowy, the Polish National Ballet, since 2009, and has been working at the Lithuanian National Ballet in the same function since 2011.

Krzysztof Pastor (1956, Gdansk, Poland) has been resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet since 2003. He combines this function with his position as director of Polski Balet Narodowy, the Polish National Ballet, since 2009, and has been working at the Lithuanian National Ballet in the same function since 2011.

Pastor trained at the National Ballet School in Gdansk. In Poland, he danced with the Dance Theatre in Poznan and Teatr Wielki w Łodzi, the Grand Theatre of Lodz. Pastor became a soloist with the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon in 1983. He was a dancer with the Dutch National Ballet from 1985 to 1995.

Pastor made his debut as a choreographer in 1986. In 1992, he created his first piece for the Dutch National Ballet’s regular programme: Shostakovich Chamber Symphony. Since then, he made a variety of choreographies for the company, such as Do Not Go Gentle… (2000), Kurt Weill (2001), Voice (2004), Don Giovanni (2005), Crossing Paths (2006), In Light and Shadow (2006), Shererazade (2009), Nijinski (2010) 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 and the Hong Kong Ballet. To date, he has created more than fifty ballets. In 2001, Kurt Weill was nominated in three categories for the Prix Benois de la Danse.

In 2003, Pastor joined Dutch National Ballet as resident choreographer. He became the artistic director of the Polish National Ballet in 2009, and holds the same position at the Lithuanian National Ballet since 2011.

Among the variety of prizes Pastor has won are the Medal of 200 Years of Polish Ballet from the Ministry of Culture (Poland), the Choreography Prize of Dansersfonds ’97 and the Gloria Artist Gold Medal. His production Kurt Weill was nominated in three categories for the Prix Benois de la Danse.

In 2014-2015 Pastor’s In Light and Shadow is performed as part of Back to Bach.

Awards:

  • 2014, Annual Award of the Minister of Culture (Poland)
  • 2011, Gloria Artist Gold Medal (Poland)
  • 2000, Medal of Service from the Polish Ministry of Culture
  • 2000, Choreography Prize, Dansersfonds ’79
  • 1995, Gold Choreography Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki (Finland) for Detail IV