Ib Andersen

(b. 1954)

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(b Copenhagen, 14 Dec. 1954)

Danish dancer and choreographer. He studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School and graduated into the company in 1973, becoming solo (principal) dancer in 1975. He was an exemplary Bournonville stylist, with a brilliant allegro and flying elevation but also danced in many modern ballets, creating the role of the Boy in the RDB premiere of van Dantzig's Monument for a Dead Boy (1976). From 1980 to 1990 he was principal dancer with New York City Ballet where he created roles in Balanchine's Davidsbündlertänze (1980), Robbins's Piano Pieces (1981), Robbins and Tharp's Brahms/Handel (1984), and Martins's Concerto for Two Solo Pianos (1982), among others. He choreographed his first ballet in 1987: 1-2-3—1-2 (mus. Schoenberg, Royal Danish Ballet) and his first work for New York City Ballet in 1988, Baroque Variations (mus. Foss). In 1999 he staged a new production of Giselle for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. After retiring from the stage he was ballet master at Pittsburg Ballet and as a member of the Balanchine Trust staged several of that choreographer's ballets worldwide. In 2000 he became director of Ballet Arizona, for which he has choreographed several works including Play (mus. several, 2007).

Subjects: Dance.

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