(b Madison, Wis., 3 Mar. 1954)
US dancer and choreographer. She studied at the N. Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Utah, the School of American Ballet, and Harkness Ballet School. She made her debut with Geneva Opera Ballet (1972–5), then joined Cunningham's company in 1976 where she danced until 1980, creating roles in, among others, Squaregame (1976—a duet with Cunningham). She created her first work, a punk ballet called Ne, in 1978 (New York) then between 1979 and 1990 directed her own company, creating, for example, The Watteau Duet (1985). Her style is a fusion of modern and classical dance, frequently incorporating mixed-media elements and she has created works for many companies, including Paris Opera, American Ballet Theatre (The Mollino Room, 1986), New York City Ballet, White Oak, Berlin Opera Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, and the Alvin Ailey company. During the early 1990s she focused on film-making, and choreographing for film and rock video, though she also made some work for ballet companies in Europe, such as The Dog is Us (Berlin Opera Ballet, 1994). Between 1996 and 1998 she was director of MaggioDanza, Florence, for which she choreographed several works, including Apollo e Dafnè (mus. Handel, 1997). In 1998 she returned to New York as a freelance dancer and choreographer, and subsequently founded her company Armitage Gone! Dance for which she has created several works including Ligeti Essays (mus. Ligeti, 2007).
http://www.armitagegonedance.org Website for the Karole Armitage company