Peter Anastos

Artistic Director

Biography

Peter Anastos was born in New York and has choreographed stage works throughout the United States for ballet and modern dance companies, theatre, film and television.

He has also choreographed in Europe, Asia and Latin America and his ballets are performed worldwide.
He was the founding Director/Choreographer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and also served as Artistic Director for Garden State Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. He was appointed Ballet Idaho Artistic Director in 2008.

Mr. Anastos enjoys a longstanding collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov and their projects together include American Ballet Theatre’s Cinderella, CBS Television’s Baryshnikov in Hollywood (Emmy Award nomination) and the photography book, The Swan Prince for Bantam Books.

Mr. Anastos has the rare honor of receiving two Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships in Choreography and four Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He was the subject of a New Yorker Magazine Profile by the foremost American dance writer, Arlene Croce.

For the Broadway stage he choreographed I Hate Hamlet and Where She Danced, based on the life of Isadora Duncan. Other major theatre credits include 33 Variations (Arena Stage, Washington, DC) and Chess (National company) He has choreographed several television specials and two Hollywood films, Addams Family and Addams Family Values, both for Paramount Pictures.

Mr. Anastos has directed opera for the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center, for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and most recently for Opera Idaho. He has been choreographer-in-residence for the Santa Fe Opera and for the Sundance Theatre Festival, part of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute in Utah.

A writer and historian, Mr. Anastos has published essays about ballet for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Dance Magazine, Ballet News, DanceInk and Ballet Review, where he is a member of the Editorial Board.

Mr. Anastos directed the Ballet Project at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts and has taught ballet technique in New York and throughout the United States.