Guest Perfomance Mikhailowsky Ballet, St. Petersburg: Sleeping Beauty - Biographies

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Guest Perfomance Mikhailowsky Ballet, St. Petersburg: Sleeping Beauty

Nacho Duato

Music by Peter I. Tschaikowsky

Ballet Festival Week 2013
Wednesday, 24. April 2013

Choreographie und Inszenierung

Nacho Duato. © Bernardo Doral
Nacho Duato
Born in Valencia, Spain, Nacho Duato started professional ballet training with the Rambert School in London at eighteen, expanding his 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 Duato 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 the company and repertoire.

For his achievements as a dancer he received the VSCD Gouden Dansprijs (Golden Dance Award) for the year 1987. Duato's natural talent soon had him look beyond the limitations of a dancer and turn towards choreography. His first attempt, in 1983, turned into a major success: Jardí Tancat, to Spanish/Catalan music by compatriot María del Mar Bonet won him the first prize at the International Choreographic Workshop (Internationaler Choreographischer Wettbewerb) at Cologne In 1995, he received the grade of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres which is awarded annually by the French Embassy in Spain. In 1998 the Spanish Government awarded him the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts. Duato is National Dance Award  winner 2003  in the category of “Creation”.

In 1988 Nacho Duato was named Resident Choreographer for Nederlands Dans Theater working alongside Hans van Manen and Jirí Kylián.

At the invitation of the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Nacho Duato has been Artistic Director of the Compañía Nacional de Danza since June 1990.
With the growing demand from international companies requesting a work of his for their repertoire, Duato had to take a decisive step  in his career. His ballets form part of the repertoire of companies like Cullberg Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Paris Opera Ballet and in December 2009 the Bavarian State Ballet (Bayerisches Staatsballett).

In April 2000 he won the Benois de la Danse, one of the most prestigious international awards for choreography, presented by the International Dance Association for Versality. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, which will be staged by the Bavarian State Ballet (Bayerisches Staatsballett) in Munich on December 23, 2009.

Set and Costumes


Prinzessin Aurora


Prinz Désiré

Leonid Sarafanov
Leonid Sarafanov
Leonid SarafonovPrize-winner at the International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Competition (Budapest, 2000), and at competitions in Paris (2000), Moscow (2001) and Seoul (2004).
Was awarded the International Benois de la danse prize in 2006 as well as the Spirit of Dance prize in the category "Star" by Ballet magazine.
Born in Kiev.
Graduated from the Kiev State School of Choreography in 2000 and was engaged as a soloist with the National Ballet of Ukraine the same year.
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2002. Repertoire includes:
La Sylphide (James);
Giselle (Albert);
Pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano;
Le Corsaire (Ali, Lankedem);
La Bayadère (Solor);
The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré);
Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried);
Don Quixote (Basilio);
Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Mercutio);
The Four Temperaments;
Symphony in C
(3 rd Movements);
Jewels (Rubies);
Etudes (Soloist);
The Nutcracker (Prince), production by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Kirill Simonov;
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude;
(Matteo );
Farewell to the Jungle, choreography by Olga Vorobieva to music by Stamp.
In 2006 he made his debut at La Scala in Milan as James in Pierre Lacotte’s version of La Sylphide.Acted in a film Nutcracker production by Mihail Chemiakin (2007).Has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre to UK, Germany, China and USA. 


Ekaterina Borchenko. ©Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg
Ekaterina Borchenko
Ekaterina Borchenko
Principal Dancer, Mikhailovsky Ballet St. Petersburg

Ekaterina Borchenko, born in Leningrad, trained at the famous Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, St. Petersburg. From 2000 to 2003 she danced as a Principal with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre. In 2003 she joined the company of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belorussia, Minsk.
Since 2008 she dances as a principal with the Mikhailovsky Ballet St. Petersburg.

Her repertory includes classical roles like Odette/Odlie (Swan Lake), Giselle, Masha (The Nutcracker), Kitri (Don Quixote), Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Esmeralda and Sylphide as well as modern parts in the contemporary works of Nacho Duato, Nuna Dimittis, Without Words or Prelude.

In the 2011/2012 season she will dance for the first time in Munich as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.