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Derek Deane

(b. c. 1954)


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(b Cornwall, c.1954)

British dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied at the Royal Ballet Upper School and joined the company in 1972, becoming principal in 1978 and creating roles in several ballets including Mayerling and Valley of Shadows. He also choreographed several works including Fleeting Figures (1984) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (mus. C. Davis, 1987) for Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet. In 1989 he left the Royal Ballet, becoming deputy artistic director and resident choreographer at Teatro dell'Opera in Rome (1990–2) and working freelance. Between 1993 and 2001 he was artistic director of English National Ballet for which he staged new productions of Giselle (1994), Swan Lake and Nutcracker (1997), Romeo and Juliet (1998), and Sleeping Beauty (2000) among others. He also choreographed the full-length ballet Alice in Wonderland (mus. Tchaikovsky, arr. Davis, 1995) and Strictly Gershwin (mus. Gershwin, 2008), both for English National Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.


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