Season Repertoire 18/19
DON QUIJOTE SUITE
- JOSÉ CARLOS MARTÍNEZ
Born and based in Barcelona, Cayetano Soto has created works for major companies worldwide. His technical, high-pitched and unpredictable choreography can be seen at international festivals in Europe, USA and Canada.
Soto started his dance education in Barcelona at the Institut del Teatre and continued his studies at the Koninklijke Conservatorium in The Hague. After receiving his degree in Classical Dance, Soto danced with IT Dansa Barcelona in 1997, before joining Ballet
Theater Munich a year later where he created several successful ballets and one of his first signature pieces, Fugaz.
Since 2005, Soto has worked as a freelance choreographer and has received commissions from Ballet BC, Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Zürich Ballet, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, BJM Montréal, Introdans, Introdans voor de Jeugd, Gauthier Dance Company, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Perm Opera Ballet Theater, Národní Divadlo Brno, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tanz Luzern Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Maggio Danza Opera di Firenze, BalletX in Philadelphia, Györi Ballet and Northwest Dance Project in Portland. He also created several ballets with German companies, such as Stuttgart Ballet, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Hessisches Staats Ballett Wiesbaden, Augsburg Ballett, Ballett im Revier, Staatstheater Nürnberg and Ballett Dortmund.
In 2009, he began a continuous collaboration with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Introdans voor de Jeugd, creating a number of new ballets. For Ballett Dortmund he created a new full evening version of Carmen. Due to the success in Dortmund, Národní Divadlo Brno in Czech Republic staged Carmen in 2010.
Soto served as Resident Choreographer for Ballet BC from September 2015 to April 2018. Arte 1 Brazil broadcast a documentary of six episodes of Cayetano Soto’s 2015 creation ADASTRA for Balé da Cidade de São Paulo.
ADASTRA was nominated for Best Dance Performance of the Year by the press in São Paulo. In season 2016/17, Cayetano Soto was the Choreographic Fellowship Mentor for Philadelphia’s BalletX. In 2000, Cayetano Soto was awarded Best Young Choreographer to Watch by the Magazine Tanz Aktuell in Germany for his first choreography Plenilunio commissioned by Ballet Theatre Munich.
Soto was awarded first prize for his ballet 24FPS at the choreographic competition Uncontainable at the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2006. Canela Fina, commissioned by Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, was awarded Best Dance Production of 2008 by the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo. Canela Fina, was performed at the Expo in Shanghai by Balé da Cidade de São Paulo in 2010.
In 2011, Soto was nominated for the most prestigious dance award in Russia, the Golden Mask Award, for his choreography Uneven.
In July 2018, Cayetano Soto was invited to the contemporary dance program of the world famous Jacob’s Pillow Faculty.
“Les Noces of Stravinski is a very powerful musical score that its richness and complexity has fascinated me for the first time I have heard it. Both, the music and the original choreography by Nijinska have become masterpieces and have inspired me in their uniqueness. My version of Les Noces dives deep in the musical score in order to bring to the spectators the power, the magnitude and the complexity of its structure while remaining inspired, but not in a linear way, by the libretto. The mystery, the joy, the vivacity and the sorrow that comes along with the ceremony of a wedding are presented in episodes throughout the choreography. Les Noces has given me a joy of exploring the possibilities a big dance ensemble inspired by the idea of wedding feast where the ceremonial co exists with the freedom of pleasure and where tradition meets new ways of expression.”
Andonis Foniadakis grew up in city of Ierapetra, in the south part of the island of Crete, in Greece. He began his dance training with Niki Papadaki at the local dance school, in his hometown. From 1990 to 1992, he studied at the State Dance School of Athens and before his graduation he received the prestigious Maria Callas scholarship to continue his studies in Rudra Bejart Lausanne, in Switzerland until 1994.
As a dancer Andonis has collaborated with: Bejart Ballet Lausanne (1994-1996) under the direction of Maurice Bejart, Lyon Opera Ballet (1996-2002) under the direction of Yorgos Loukos, Saburo Teshigawara / Karas Co. (2004) under the direction of Saburo Teshigawara, as well as, with his own dance company “Apotosoma-Andonis Foniadakis".
During the years of his professional engagement with the above companies he has performed choreographic works of: Maguy Marin, Jiri Kilian, William Forsythe, Dominique Boivin, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Maurice Bejart, Ohad Naharin, Frederic Flamand, Bill T Jones, Herve Robbe, Tero Saarinen, Lionel Hoche, Joachim Schlomer, John Jasperse, Saburo Teshigawara etc.
As a freelance choreographer he has collaborated with: Royal New Zealand Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Geneva Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet of Flanders, Rambert Dance Company, Bern Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet de Lorraine, Luzern Ballet, Gauthier Dance Company, Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Croatian National Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, Florence Ballet, National Dance Company of Wales, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Cia Sociedade Masculina-Brazil, Bale da Cidade of Sao Paulo Brazil, Helsinki Dance Company Finland, National Ballet of Greece, National Theater of Northern Greece, Benjamin Millepied Dance Company USA, Washington Ballet, Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Ballet Junior Geneva, Hellenic Dance Company, CNSMD Lyon, Copenhagen International Dance Festival.
Foniadakis has been commissioned to choreograph for 3 operas: Theatre de Champs Elysees - Castor et Pollux, Opera National du Rhin - Les boreades by Rameau, GRAME Lyon - Il canto de la pelle by Claudio Ambrosini
He has collaborated as moving coordinator for the film NOAH by Darren Aronofsky. In 2012 he received the Danza and Danza Award for the “Best Choreographer 2012” in Italy, for the creation Les Noces in Maggio Danza- Florence Ballet. As well in 2017 he has collaborated as a curator with Palais de Tokyo and Pavillon Neuflize OBC in collaboration with Foundation Fluxun/Fluxum Laboratory for the project Prec(ar)ious Collectives. He has been artistic director of the Greek National Ballet for the season 2016-17. In addition to creating and performing, Andonis is teaching seminars based on his personal dance technique. He has been teaching in the State Dance School of Greece, DAN.C.CE studios and Baile de Barrio in Athens, DOCK11 in Berlin, CND and CNSMD in Lyon, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Henny Jurriens Studio Amsterdam, Kuopio Dance Festival. In 2003, Foniadakis created his own dance company Apotosoma-Andonis Foniadakis, in Lyon, France and since then, he has shown his work in France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, Germany, England, and USA.
Until today, he has presented six full evening works with his own company:
Sensitive Screens Skins Intervals, USE, Rite of Spring, All Things Are Quite Silent, Romeo and Juliet, Priority