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Another Spaniard joins ABTJesus Pastor to join as soloist


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#1 Alexandra

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 08:19 AM

JESUS PASTOR TO JOIN AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE AS A SOLOIST




Jesus Pastor has joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist effective immediately, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Pastor was born in Madrid and began his ballet training at the age of nine at the Victor Ullate School. He joined the Compañia Victor Ullate in 1992 and was promoted to principal dancer with the company in 1996. In 1998, he joined the Compañia Nacional de Danza under artistic director Nacho Duato and continued to tour nationally and internationally with both companies. In 2000, Pastor joined the Scottish Ballet where he created the title role in Robert Cohan’s full-length Aladdin and in Robert North’s Romeo and Juliet.

Pastor joined English National Ballet in 2001 as a senior soloist. His repertoire with ENB included leading roles in Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet, and in The Nutcracker, Paquita and Swan Lake. In 2003, he joined the world tour of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake dancing the lead role of the Swan. His performance in this production earned Pastor a nomination for Best Dancer 2002 at the Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow.

Pastor has appeared as a guest artist with Ballet de Zaragoza, Balletto di Torino and Maurice Béjart.

American Ballet Theatre’s City Center season is sponsored by Movado Watch Company, a leading benefactor. ABT’s 2003 City Center season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2003 City Center season runs October 22 through November 9. Tickets can be purchased by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212 or at the City Center box office after September 2. City Center is located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City.


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Posted 17 September 2003 - 10:23 AM

Has there ever been a break down of how many per country there are in ABT?

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 10:40 AM

BW, I've never read one, but I think their biographies are on the abt web site, so it could be easily done.

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 12:20 PM

Does anyone know anything about this dancer? Anyone seen him perform? I'm curious.... Thanks.

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 12:29 PM

I hope some of our British posters can help here? It's unusual for ABT to take someone as a soloist, although Pastor, from his bio (I've never seen him, unfortunately) certainly has danced leading roles with important companies.

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 12:54 PM

There's a www.jesuspastor.com AND a www.jesuspastor.org -- both are under construction.

There's also a fan site, with bios and photos:

http://myhome.naver....erformances.htm

And if you do a Google search for his name, you'll find links to several reviews. I know this isn't the same as reports from people who've seen him, and I hope we'll get some, but it's a start to learning more about ABT's new soloist.

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Posted 17 September 2003 - 01:35 PM

It is striking to see that nearly all of the Spanish dancers who have become internationally famous recently come from the Victor Ullate school: Angel and Carmen Corella, Lucia Lacarra, Joaquin De Luz, Tamara Rojo, now Jesus Pastor (and there's also Igor Yebra who's a principal dancer in Bordeaux)... I was not very convinced by the few choreographies of Victor Ullate that I've seen, but clearly he must be gifted to choose and train talented dancers!

Here's a link to an interview of Jesus Pastor made in 2000:

http://www.sundayherald.com/print12484

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Posted 10 November 2003 - 06:47 PM

Bumping this up. Did anyone see Jesus Pastor? What did you think?

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 12:35 AM

Beautiful jump! Split jetes without .. erm .. the pooch hanging down; soft landings; partners well. Good line, good feet, musical & lyrical. Not a baby, probably 27?

Didn't see his Dorian; wish I had but couldn't sit through two in a single week.

Anyone see his Dorian?

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 07:12 AM

Hello, I recently joined this forum.

Jesus Pastor is a big star in Asia after his brilliant performances as "The Swan" in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.
I heard there were pretty much fans from Japan and Korea who went to see his debut in ABT.

I found a review which mentions Mr. Pastor's Dorian.

http://www.danceview...views/abt10.htm

I haven't seen it myself, but I wish I could. Did anyone see his "stunningly beautiful" Dorian?
I can say that he WAS a stunningly beautiful Swan.

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 12:58 PM

Thanks for this, moebiusloop. I hadn't kept up with my Dance Times. :-/

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 07:24 PM

My pleasure, zerbinetta.

BTW, how did you know he's 27!? You're quite right.
Born in May 1976, he's 27 years old now.
You can find his brief bio in the URL below. (It's all in Spanish, though. It used to have a more detailed English version bio in the same URL, but they changed it in a week.)

http://www.escuelalu...al/artist10.htm

It is from "Festival Internacional de Piano" in which he had choreographed a whole ballet to Manuel De Falla's "El Amor Brujo" (Love the Magician) this August. He performed the whole number by himself.

You can find a Spanish review about it too. (A bit of Mr. Pastor's comment in it)
http://www.eldiadeco...ltura261138.htm

I think they don't say about this in ABT's bio, do they?

(I'm pretty sure that there are loads of Japanese and Korean fans out there, no? Please show up.)


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