(b Bourg-en-Bresse, 25 Apr. 1943)
French dancer. He studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School with Lorcia, Franchetti, and Mulys; joined the company in 1959 and was made an étoile in 1965. He created roles in ballets by Béjart (Damnation of Faust, 1964, Webern Opus V, 1966) and Petit (Notre-Dame de Paris, 1965). In 1970 he was invited to join New York City Ballet as a principal, dancing lead roles in many Balanchine ballets, including Apollo, Orpheus, Agon, Who Cares? and Violin Concerto, and creating roles in Robbins's A Beethoven pas de deux (1973) and An Evening's Waltzes (1973). He retired in 1980 to teach. With his wife, the former New York City Ballet star Patricia McBride, he directed the dance department at Indiana University. In 1996 he was appointed artistic director of the N. Carolina Dance Theater, with McBride as associate director, and has choreographed several works for the company, including versions of Cinderella and Carmina Burana. He and McBride also direct the annual Chautauqua Summer Dance programme. Nijinsky Prize (1965).
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