Artistic Director - Ingrid Nachstern

Credit: Ewa Figaszewska

Credit: Ewa Figaszewska

Ingrid Nachstern was born in Dublin,Ireland of Anglo-Polish parents. She studied languages at Trinity College Dublin and worked as a translator in Dublin, Toronto,London, and Oxford. She is also a teacher of classical ballet (Royal Academy of Dance,London) and was the Artistic Director of Nachstern Ballet School from 1998-2017.

She studied ballet as a child with Muriel Catt in Dublin and later with Richard Sugarman in Toronto and Joanna Banks in Dublin.

She founded her cutting-edge Night Star Dance Company in 2003 and has created 14 works for the company. Her aim is to present the audience with work which will challenge their view of the world.

She was awarded an Arts Council Bursary in 2008 and a Travel Award in 2009. She visited Cathy Sharp’s Dance Ensemble in Basel Switzerland in 2009 and also Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague. Culture Ireland granted her a Travel Award, in 2011, to perform at DTW in New York.

She is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for her company.In 2014 she branched out into making films. She has now taken on the roles of Director,Script-Writer and Performer. She has collaborated on her last two films with Luca Truffarelli,the cinematographer.



Womens Cinemakers Biennale 2018

By Francis L. Quettier

Loie screendance magazine Buenos Aires Argentina - Interview 2018

By María José Rubín

Light Moves Returns | Film Ireland - Article 2018

'...award winning director/choreographer Ingrid Nachstern..'

Ingrid Nachstern in Conversation - Interview - 2018

By Dance Ireland 


Ballet show marks the end of an era - Feature - 2017

By Jennifer Reddin


Intriguing Ingrid - Interview-2016

By Jenny Reddin


Angry and articulate, dance made big, bold statements in 2016 - December 2016

By Michael Seaver


Another Major Film Award - April 2016

By Jennifer Reddin


'I'm just at a stage in my life when I want to try new things...' - Interview-2013

By Michael Seaver 


Dance Europe Review of Dublin Dance Festival - July 2009

Reviewer: Aoife McGrath

‘Nachstern’s Watch…Es was a quirky quartet that cleverly built on geometric patterns to complement a theme of caged masculinity. Brandishing briefcases,four men in business suits seemed trapped in incessant movement cycles that included humorous references to ‘beating time’,catwalk prancing and even a parody of Swan Lake’s cygnets.’


'Fifteen days of dance end on a High Step' -  Watch...Es review -2009

by Michael Seaver