Cayetano Soto (Barcelona, 1975) is based in Münich but his work is in repertoire of major companies worldwide and can be seen at various international festivals in Europe, USA and Canada. Soto is known for his technical high-pitched and unpredictable choreographies. This season Soto creates new work for NDT 2 in Programme A (premiere 31 Oct 2013).
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 signed with IT.Dansa Barcelona in 1997, before joining the Ballet Theater Munich a year later. For Ballet Theater Munich he created several successful ballets and one of his first signature pieces Fugaz.
Since 2005 Soto worked as a freelance choreographer with Royal Ballet of Flanders, Balé da Cidade de Sao Paulo, BJM Montreal, Introdans, Introdans voor de Jeugd, Gauthier Dance Company, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, Návodní Divadlo Brno, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tanz Luzern Theater and Northwest Dance Project in Portland. He also created several ballets withGerman companies including Stuttgarter Ballet, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Augsburg Ballett, Ballett in Revier and Ballett Dortmund. With Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin Soto created his first full evening Ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2006), together with Annet Göhre.
From 2009 he began a continuous collaboration with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Introdans voor de Jeugd, where he produced new ballets. For Ballet Dortmund he created a new full evening version of Carmen (2009). Due to the success in Dortmund, Národní Divadlo Brno in Czech Republic decided to stage Carmen in 2010. Soto also choreographed Dancing Mozart’s mass in c-minor with live orchestra for 4 dancers in the Church of St. Egidean in Nürnberg.
Fascinated by the German American fashion label Talbot Runhof, Soto started to collaborate with the designers in several projects. Talbot Runhof designed the costumes of Carmen for Dortmund Ballet and Soto choreographed a new solo to present their new collection at the Fashion week in Paris. The costumes of the new creation Sortijas for Ballet Hispanico of New York will be also designed by the duo. In spring 2014 Soto will create new work for Ballet BC in Vancouver.
Soto was awarded with the First Prize for his ballet 24FPS by thoreographic competition Uncontainable Project 2006 of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Canela Fina, commissioned by Bale da Cidade de Sao Paulo, was awarded as best dance production of 2008 by the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. In 2011 Soto was nominated for the Golden Mask Award in Russia, for his choreography Uneven.