Jan Cieplinski


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(b Warsaw, 10 May 1900; d New York, 17 Apr. 1972)

Polish dancer, choreographer, teacher, and writer. He trained at the ballet school at Warsaw's Wielki Theater and performed there (1917–21). He was briefly a member of Anna Pavlova's company and then directed his own troupe (1922–5). From 1925 to 1927 he danced with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He was then ballet director in Stockholm (1927–31) and in Budapest (1931–4), then between 1938–9 was choreographer for the Polish Ballet, creating among other works The Highlanders (mus. Szymanowski, 1938). During the Second World War he worked in Warsaw and Budapest and in 1948 moved to London, where he worked with the Anglo-Polish Ballet, Legat Ballet, and the Mercury Theatre. From 1959 he lived in New York, working as a teacher and writer. Author of Outline of Polish Ballet History (1956).

Subjects: Dance.

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