Christian Tátchev —
Christian Tátchev received his ballet training at the National School of Choreography in Sofia, Bulgaria. He started taking part in performances with the National Opera and Ballet Sofia while still at school and was offered a position with the company at age 16 after winning Second Prize at the Anastas Petrov Ballet Competition in Dobrich, Bulgaria in 1995.
In 1996, Christian accepted a contract with PACT Ballet Company (later State Theatre Ballet) and was promoted Principal Dancer in 2000. Later that year Christian joined Cape Town City Ballet and in 2002 moved to Johannesburg to join the newly established South African Ballet Theatre Company. While with the South African Ballet Theatre, Christian was invited to stage the ballet Giselle for the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg and taught extensively at the Company’s ballet academy. In 2006 he was appointed Company Coach and taught and produced the Company’s repertoire in addition to his rank as Principal Dancer. He also participated in collaborations with the Danish Royal Ballet and took part in the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Moscow 2006. In 2007 he danced Siegfried in the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s television production of Swan Lake. He also choreographed his first ballet in 2007 for the company’s Ballet Highlights season, an abbreviated version of the ballet Don Quixote, which due to its success was later presented as a longer version at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, the biggest arts festival in South Africa in 2008.
Christian joined Queensland Ballet in October 2008 after participating in the Company’s annual International Gala earlier that year. Christian was appointed Ballet Master in January 2012, and retired from the stage in April 2012. He took up the position of Director of Training in January 2013.
During his dancing career, Christian danced most major roles in the classical ballet repertoire as well as works by celebrated choreographers such as Frederic Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Ronald Hynd, Nils Christe, Edd Wubbe, Choo San Goh, Andrei Prokofsky and Paul Taylor. He has also been nominated for various awards for his performances in Giselle, Napoli and La Traviata, and was awarded the Cape Town City Ballet’s Newcomer’s Award in 2001.