Michel Descombey

(b. 1930)

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(b Bois-Colombe, 28 Oct. 1930)

French dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied with Egorova and at the Paris Opera Ballet School making his debut in the company in 1947. He was appointed premier danseur in 1959 and became ballet master in 1963. Between 1971 and 1973 he was ballet director at Zurich then in 1975 moved to Mexico where he became chief choreographer and associate director of the Ballet Teatro del Espacio de Mexico in 1977. He began choreographing in 1958 for the Opéra Comique (Paris) and his subsequent works, which often made use of contemporary music and design, included L'Enfant et les sortilèges (mus. Ravel, 1960), Sarracenia (mus. Bartók, 1964), Coppélia (mus. Delibes, 1966), Spectacle Berio (1970), Mandala (mus. Toshiro Mayuzumi, 1970), and ES, le 8ème jour (mus. Stockhausen, 1973). After 1977 most of his works were created for Ballet Teatro del Espacio, including Pavana para un amor muerto (1985) and La Silla (mus. Webern, 1999).

Subjects: Dance.

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