Krzysztof Pastor

(b. 1956)

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(b 1956, Gdansk)

Polish dancer and choreographer. He trained at the Polish National Ballet School (1966–75), joining Polish Dance Theatre and then the Grand Theatre of Lodz before becoming a soloist with Lyon Opera Ballet in 1983. Between 1985 and 1995 he danced with Dutch National Ballet, performing lead roles in both the classical and modern repertories. He choreographed his first work in 1986 for a gala performance in Lodz and after several workshop pieces for Dutch National Ballet created Shostakovich Chamber Symphony for the main programme in 1992. From 1995 he worked as a freelance choreographer, including a season with the Washington Ballet, finally returning to DNB in 2003 as resident choreographer. Pastor's fluidly expressive and musically grounded style, a fusion of neo-classical and contemporary vocabularies, has been adapted to both narrative and non-narrative works. Those for DNB include Do not go gentle (mus. Stravinsky), In Light and Shadow (mus. Bach), and Kurt Weill (all 2000), Don Giovanni (mus. Mozart, 2005), Crossing Paths (2006), and La Sylphide: Visions at Dusk (2007). Pastor has also created works for many other companies including Carmen Suite (mus. Bizet, Shchedrin, 1997), Acid City (mus. Mindaugas Urbaitis, 2002), and Dangerous Liaisons (mus. Arturs Maskats, 2007) for Lithuanian National Ballet; Firebird (mus. Stravinsky, 1999) for West Australian Ballet; Symphony Fantastique (mus. Berlioz, 2007) for Australian Ballet; and Romeo and Juliet (mus. Prokofiev, 2008) for Scottish Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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