Vittorio Biagi

(b. 1941)

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(b Viareggio, 24 May 1941)

Italian dancer and choreographer. He studied at the La Scala ballet school and began his career with La Scala in Milan (1958–60) where he was a soloist. From 1961 to 1966 he was a member of Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century in Brussels, where he created roles in Béjart's Bacchanale de Tannhäuser, Divertimento, and Ninth Symphony, in addition to starting his own choreography (Jazz Impressions, 1964; L'Après-midi d'un faune, 1965; Walpurgis Night, 1965). From 1966 to 1968 he was an étoile with the Paris Opéra Comique. His works from this period include L'Enfant et les sortilèges (1967) and Platée (1968). In 1969 he became ballet director at Lyon Opera. For Lyon he staged many ballets, including Alexander Nevsky (mus. Prokofiev), Scythian Suite (mus. Prokofiev), Romeo and Juliet (mus. Prokofiev), Requiem (mus. Berlioz, 1969), Seventh Symphony (mus. Beethoven), Symphonie fantastique (mus. Berlioz), and Song of the Earth (mus. Mahler). As a choreographer he created primarily narrative ballets, while as a dancer he was noted for his dramatic expression. He was founding artistic director of Aterballetto (1977–9) and in 1978 also founded his own company, Danza Prospettiva, in Italy, for which he created Requiem senza parola (1980) and Don Juan (1982). From 1982 to 1986 he was artistic director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He subsequently directed and choreographed for New Ballet of Rome (1990–4), then in 2001 revived Danza Prospettiva, as well as choreographing for other Italian companies.

http://www.vittoriobiagi.com Official website for Vittorio Biagi

Subjects: Dance.

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