Patrick Bissell


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(b Corpus Christi, Tex., 1 Dec. 1957; d Hoboken, NJ, 28 Dec. 1987)

US dancer. He studied at the School of American Ballet, joined the Boston Ballet in 1975 and American Ballet Theatre in 1977, where he became a principal in 1979. A tall, charismatic dancer, he was noted for his interpretations of Solor, Siegfried, and Romeo. He created lead roles in Tudor's The Tiller in the Fields (1978) and in Tetley's Contredances (1979). He left ABT in 1980 (dismissed by the management after failing to appear for a dress rehearsal) and briefly became a guest artist, working with the National Ballet of Canada, Scottish Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He returned to ABT as a principal in 1981. He partnered many leading ballerinas including van Hamel, Gregory, Kirkland, Makarova, and Kain. He died at 30, the result of a drug overdose.

Subjects: Dance.

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