Susan Buirge

(b. 1940)

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(b Minneapolis, 1940)

US-French dancer, choreographer, and company director. She studied at the Juilliard School and with Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, dancing with Nikolais Dance Theater (1963–8) and Murray Louis Dance Company (1963–8). In 1968 she created the multi-media work Televanilla and in 1970 moved to France, where she became influential in the development of French New Dance. In 1975 she founded Dance Theater Susan Buirge, later renamed Susan Buirge Project, for which she created a series of conceptual and site specific works. She was additionally artistic consultant of the Aix Dance Festival (1980–6). After retiring from the stage in 1990 she worked in Japan and was then artist in residence at the Arsenal Theatre in Metz, France, from 1997. Her recent work, including Soli (2005), has focused on Oriental themes and imagery.

Subjects: Dance.

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