An interview with Mr Duato has been recently published in the Kommersant in Moscow (March, 11, 2011) http://www.kommersant.ru/doc.aspx?DocsID=1594149
Here is my translation from Russian of that interview.For the last two months you’ve been living in St Petersburg. Is it long enough to start feeling the peculiar atmosphere of this city?
I work every day from midday till late evening, I almost do not go out. But this city is very strong. I read a lot of Russian literature so as to understand what is going on around. I think it would be good to use Tsvetaeva’s poetry and Rachmaninov’s music in ballet. Is this going to be your next new work?
No, in June I am going to stage a small ballet to the Andrzej Panufnik’s music – to his beautiful piece for strings. I keep listening to it since last summer. I need to have lived with the piece of music before begining to choreograph to it.Do you have a long contract with the Mikhailovsky?
My contract with the Miknailovsky is for five years. In ballet you can’t do something important in a year or two. So we agreed for a long term. But I came here not to break this theatre apart but just to push it to for changes of some kind. However everyone understands that I may leave at any time and equally Mr Kehman can any time ask me to leave. I think the decisive factor here will be the audiences’ acceptance of and reaction to my ballets.As Creative Director, how do you divide responsibilities with Mikhail Messerer, Ballet Master in Chief?
I have not seen him for a while as our paths don’t cross that much. I think that first of all he is a very good pedagogue, wonderful teacher. His Swan Lake is not bad at all, I saw it some ten times. I’ve offered him to coach a little a boy and a girl and now they study with me. I will see to it that his Laurencia and Swan Lake are going to get brought to perfection. And as for the rep we discuss it together with Mr Kehman – to see what will take place and how.Do you watch the company shows? Give corrections to the dancers?
Little by little I get to understand the company repertoire. So far corrections are not so many. I don’t want to be an elephant in a china shop. But I already found one couple for La Bayadere and DQ.Is it true that CND is soon to loose the rights to your ballets?
I left the rights to my old company for one year in order for them to have something to perform while getting the new rep: it is not the dancers’ fault that I got dismissed. The year ends this July. Jose Martinez has written to me saying he would like to keep some of my ballets and I answered “no way”. And no one will be able to make me change my decision.But what if your enemies from Spanish cultural ministry, who did not want to extend your contract, will be gone and you will be called back to your homeland?
I am happy right now – I have a company and I am permitted to do what I wish. To create beautiful pieces. And it does not matter where this is happening – here or in Africa or in Tokyo. The main thing is that I work with excellent dancers and I don’t need anything else. For me the most beautiful things on Earth are dancers and horses.By the way what happened to you horses back in Spain?
I had to sell them, all of them.