John Alleyne

(b. 1960)

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(b Barbados, 25 Jan. 1960)

Bajan-Canadian dancer, choreographer, and director. He trained at the National Ballet School, Toronto, and in 1978 joined Stuttgart Ballet as a dancer, creating several ballets for the company workshops. In 1984 he joined National Ballet of Canada as first soloist, dancing classical and modern principal roles, and becoming resident choreographer. His works for the company include Blue-Eyed Trek (1988) and Interrogating Slam (1991), created in a style which fuses an essentially classical idiom with modern power and stretch. During this period he also created several works for Ballet British Columbia, such as Go Slow Walter (1990). In 1992 he became artistic director of the company for which he has since created many works, including The Don Juan Variations (1995), The Goldberg (1998), The Rite of Spring (2005), and A Streetcar Named Desire (mus. Tobin Stokes, 2006) as well as choreographing for other companies, including New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Stuttgart Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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