Jorge Donn


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(b Buenos Aires, 28 Feb. 1947; d Lausanne, 1 Dec. 1992)

Argentinian dancer. He studied at the Teatro Colón Ballet School and in 1963 joined Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century where he rapidly became a principal. A dancer with a magnetic stage presence, capable of great power as well as fluid lyricism, he created lead roles in many of Béjart's works, including Ninth Symphony (1964), Romeo and Juliet (1966), Nijinsky, clown de Dieu (1971), Notre Faust (1975), Dichterliebe (1978), and Magic Flute (1981). He also guested abroad with various companies including the Bolshoi. In 1976 he was appointed artistic director of the Yantra Company and in 1980 joint artistic director of Ballet of the 20th Century. In 1989 he briefly took over direction of the Vichy Company, then returned to Béjart's company, under its new name Béjart Ballet Lausanne. He appeared in several films and television productions including Le Danseur (Béjart, 1968) and La Vie d'un danseur (French television, 1968).

Subjects: Dance.

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