Mr. Anastos was the founding Director/Choreographer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (1974-80) and served as Artistic Director for both Garden State Ballet (1984-94) and Cincinnati Ballet (1994-96). He enjoys a longstanding collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov. 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. Additionally, he has been Choreographer-In-Residence for both the Santa Fe Opera and the Sundance Theatre Festival, a part of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute in Utah.
He has had the rare honor of receiving two Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships in Choreography and four Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as having been the subject of a New Yorker magazine profile by renowned American dance critic, Arlene Croce. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Idaho Governor’s Excellence in the Arts award.
As a writer and historian, Mr. Anastos has published essays on ballet for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Dance Magazine, Ballet News, DanceInk and Ballet Review, where he is a member of the editorial board. He was a contributor to the book, Reading Dance (Random House, New York, 2008), directed the Ballet Project at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, and has taught ballet technique in New York and throughout the US.