Krzysztof Pastor – director of the Polish National Ballet. Dancer, choreographer and producer. He graduated from the Ballet School in Gdańsk. He danced in the Conrad Drzewiecki’s Polish Dance Theatre. In 1979 he moved to the Grand Theatre in Łódź. In 1983 he became a soloist in Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon in France. In 1985–1995 he worked in Het Nationale Ballet. His artistic personality was significantly shaped by collaboration with Carolyn Carlson, Nils Christie, Rudi van Dantzig, Nacho Duato, Toer van Schayk, Peter Wright, and in particular with Hans van Manen. He created his first choreography in 1986 for International Ballet Gala in Łódź. After producing several ballets for Het Nationale Ballet workshop programmes, in 1992 he presented his own ballet Szostakowicz – Symfonia kameralna. From 1995 he worked as an independent choreographer.
In the season 1997/1998 he joined Washington Ballet and in the season 1998/1999 – Het Nationale Ballet. Since then he created more than 50 ballets. In 1995 he won the Gold Choreographic Award at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki (a duo Detail IV). In 2000 he was awarded the Choreographic Award from the Dutch Dansersfonds ’79 Foundation.
In 2003 he was employed, as choreographer, by Het Nationale Ballet. He collaborated with the Scottish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, the Washington Ballet, the Dresden Opera Ballet, the Israeli Ballet, the Royal Flemish Ballet, the Lithuanian National Ballet, the Latvian National Ballet, Donau Ballet, the State Ballet in Ankara, the Australian Ballet, the West Australian Ballet, and the New Zealand Ballet.
In 2009 he produced a ballet of Tristan with Richard Wagner’s music at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. After this event, he was offered by the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera the position of artistic director of the Warsaw ballet, to give the ballet more artistic independence and promote it to the rank of Polish National Ballet. In the following years Pastor produced in Warsaw such choreographies as: Kurt Weill, In Light and Shadow, And the Rains will come…