Krzysztof Pastor has spent more than half his life abroad, having left Poland in the 1980s, at the age of 25. He used to be a dancer and choreographer at Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam, with whom he has collaborated since 1985, but before he finally settled in the Netherlands, he was a soloist of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon (France). Since 2009, Pastor has stood at the helm of the Polish National Ballet, en ensemble operating within the structures of the Wielki Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw. He is also the artistic director of the Lithuanian National Ballet.
As a choreographer, his works have been presented in programmes of festivals of great renown: the Holland Festival, the Holland Dance Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as in international ballet competitions, earning high acclaim from critics and audiences alike. His latest success is Echoes of Time: a production composed of works by three choreographers (Ashley Page, Krzysztof Pastor, and William Forsythe), which the Polish artist set up into a triptych and that was praised by The New York Times.
What he finds valuable in dance are the personality of the dancer, aesthetics, genre and type of movement. Moreover, the dancer’s intentions must be obvious for the spectator. Lending the ear to Krzysztof Pastor: “At the competition, I will pay attention to the candidates having attained the skill of using their bodies in various styles, and their erudition in this field. What I also find significant are the choice of music and musicality; especially the latter I find very important. When a musical person expresses that quality in dance, I am thrilled so much that it gives me goose bumps. This is it! Involvement, love, passion, yet in good style – without exaltation.”
Krzysztof Pastor took part in the jury of the Young Dancers competition for the first time in 2005 in Warsaw.