John Field


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(orig. John Greenfield; b Doncaster, 22 Oct. 1921; d Esher, 3 Aug. 1991)

British dancer and director. He studied in Liverpool with Edna Slocombe and Shelagh Elliott-Clarke and made his debut with the Liverpool Ballet Club in 1938 before moving to London. Here he studied briefly at Sadler's Wells School and joined the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1939. He danced for two years before serving in the Second World War and on his return became one of the company's leading male principals, partnering Grey, Beriosova, and Elvin in the classics. In 1956 he was appointed director of Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet (later the Royal Ballet Touring Company) and there developed an impressive roster of dance and choreographic talent. In 1970 he was made co-director of the Royal Ballet with MacMillan but resigned a year later to become director at La Scala, Milan (1971–4). He was subsequently director of the Royal Academy of Dancing (1975–8), of London Festival Ballet (1979–84), and of the British Ballet Organisation (1984–91).

Subjects: Dance.

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