Paolo Bortoluzzi


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(b Genoa, 17 May 1938; d Brussels, 16 Oct. 1993)

Italian dancer and ballet director. He studied with Ugo Dell'Ara, Victor Gsovsky, Asaf Messerer, and Béjart. He made his debut in 1957 at the Nervi Festival, briefly danced with Massine's Balletto Europeo in 1960, and in the same year joined Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century, where he became one of the company's leading soloists, creating many roles in its repertory. After leaving Béjart in 1972 he continued to perform Béjart's choreography as a guest artist with various companies in Germany and America; he was a regular guest with American Ballet Theatre (1972–1). He opened a school in Turin in 1973, was ballet director of La Scala (1981–4), the German Opera on the Rhine, Düsseldorf (1984–90), and the Grand Theatre, Bordeaux (from 1990). His list of created roles in Béjart ballets includes Boléro (1960), Ninth Symphony (1964), Les Oiseaux (1965), Romeo and Juliet (1966), Mass for Our Time (1967), Neither Flowers Nor Wreaths (1968), Baudelaire (1968), Bhakti (1968), Nomos Alpha (1969), Firebird (1970), Songs of a Wayfarer (1971), Nijinsky, clown de Dieu (1971). Nijinsky Prize, Paris.

Subjects: Dance.

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