Félix Blaska

(b. 1941)

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(b Gomel, Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, 8 May 1941)

French dancer, choreographer, and company director. He graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 1960 and danced with the Marquis de Cuevas ballet, the Zizi Jeanmaire revue, and the Roland Petit company, where he started choreographing his own works (Octandre, 1966, and Les Affinités electives, 1967). In 1968 he created Danses concertantes (mus. Stravinsky) and Équivalences (mus. Jean-Claude Eloy) for the newly formed Ballet-Théâtre Contemporain in Amiens. He started his own troupe in 1969, Les Ballets de Félix Blaska, which moved to Grenoble in 1972 and for which he created many works including En blanc et noir (mus. Debussy), Contre (mus. Berio), Electro Bach (mus. Walter Carlos, 1969), Ballet pour tam-tam et percussion (mus. J. P. Drouet, 1970), Sonate pour deux pianos et percussion (mus. Bartók, 1971), L'Homme aux loups (mus. Marius Constant, 1974). During this period he also choreographed for the Marseilles Opera (Deuxième concerto, mus. Prokofiev, 1970), the Royal Danish Ballet, the Hamburg State Opera, and the Paris Opera (La Poème électronique and Arcana, 1973). After moving to the US he formed a new company, Crowsnest, with Martha Clarke in 1978 which made its debut at the American Dance Festival in 1979. He performed in and collaborated on several Clarke productions, including The Garden of Earthly Delights (1984) and Vers la flamme (1999). He also created a duet for himself and Martha Clarke for Pilobolus Dance Theatre in 1979 after which he continued to collaborate with Pilobolus. As a freelance choreographer his later works have included Charlotte (mus. Pärt, Ballet du Nord, 1990) and several productions for Circus Flora, featuring both animal and human performers. He has also worked in theatre, acting in Kaos (dir. Clarke, 2006).

http://www.felixblaska.com Official website for Félix Blaska

Subjects: Dance.

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