September 18, 2003
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.