(b Montreal, 27 Nov. 1950)
Canadian dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied with Patricia Ramsay and at the Royal Ballet School, joining the company in 1969 where he was promoted soloist in 1972 and principal in 1975. A strong and supple dancer, he performed the major classical roles but was best known for his interpretations of the 20th-century repertory. He created roles in MacMillan's Triad (1972), Elite Syncopations (1974), Gloria (1980), and Different Drummer (1984), van Manen's Four Schumann Pieces (1975), and Bintley's Consort Lessons (1983), among others. He began choreographing in the 1980s with works such as Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus (mus. Vangelis, Royal Ballet, London, 1984), Beauty and the Beast (mus. Vangelis, Royal Ballet, London, 1986), Byron (mus. Tchaikovsky, La Scala Ballet, Italy, 1988), Nijinsky (mus. Debussy, Ballet of Naples, Naples, 1989), and The Last Emperor (Hong Kong, 1997). Between 1991 and 2003 he was director of the Dutch National Ballet where he not only maintained the classical and neo-classical repertory but also commissioned new works by, for example, Ashley Page and David Dawson. He collaborated with van Schayk on new versions of The Nutcracker (1996) and The Magic Flute (1999) both for Dutch National Ballet. In 2005 he was appointed director of English National Ballet, creating his first work for the company in 2008, Resolution (mus. Mahler).