2018/19 Choreographer Cayetano Soto

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 Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Zürich Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Perm Opera Ballet Theater, Maggio Danza Opera di Firenze, Hessisches Staats Ballett Wiesbaden, among others. 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.

Arte 1 Brazil broadcasted 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.

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 as best dance production of 2008 by the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo. In 2011, Soto was nominated for the most prestigious dance award in Russia, the Golden Mask Award, for his choreography Uneven. Soto served as Resident Choreographer for Ballet BC from September 2015 to April 2018.

Choreographer Cayetano Soto. Photo by Michael Slobodian.
Choreographer Cayetano Soto. Photo by Michael Slobodian.