Dominique Bagouet


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(b Angoulème, 9 Jul. 1951; d Montpellier, 9 Dec. 1992)

French dancer and choreographer. He studied ballet at the Rosella Hightower School in Cannes (1965–9) and modern dance with C. Carlson in Paris (1974), moving to New York in 1975 where he also studied with Jennifer Muller, Lar Lubovitch, Maggie Black, and May O'Donnell. He danced with various companies including Alfonso Catá Ballet (1969), Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century (1971–3), and Maguy Marin's Chandra Group (1973–4) before founding his own Bagouet Company in Paris in 1976. From 1980 he was artist in residence in Montpellier, director of the Montpellier National Choreographic Centre and founder of the Montpellier Dance Festival. In 1992, just months before his premature death from Aids, his company was invited to present So schnell at the Paris Opera. Bagouet's choreography was rigorously constructed, creating oblique narrative and character through a distinctive, detailed use of gesture. His works included Under the Waning Light (1980), Elusives (1982), Love Deserts (1984), Assai (1986), and Basically Furnished (1989).

Subjects: Dance.

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