Javier De Frutos

(b. 1963)

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(b Caracas, 15 May 1963)

Venezuelan dancer and choreographer. He trained in Venezuela, at the London School of Contemporary Dance, at the Cunningham studios, and with Sara Rudner and others in New York, making his debut in Danza Teatro de Abelardo Gameche in 1983. He also performed with several other companies including Laura Dean Dancers (1989–92). His first work, The Dying Swan (mus. Saint-Saëns), was choreographed in 1990, after which he created and performed a string of solo works including Sweetie J (mus. Bartók, 1995). He subsequently founded his own company for which he created works like Grass, set to music from Puccini's Madam Butterfly (1997) as well as creating works for other companies including Elsa Canasta (mus. Cole Porter, 2003) for Rambert Dance Company and Milagros (mus. Stravinsky, 2006) for Royal New Zealand Ballet. Meticulously crafted, his works often feature an explicit even confrontational treatment of sex and violence. Between 2006 and 2008 he was director of Phoenix Dance Theatre where in addition to reviving classic modern dance repertory for the company, including Limon's Chaconne, he created several new works including Paseillo (mus. Mozart, 2006) and Blue Roses (2008). He subsequently worked as a freelance choreographer, his works including Eternal Damnation to Sancho and Sanchez (mus. Ravel, 2009). He has also choreographed for musicals including Carousel (2006) for Chichester Festival.

Subjects: Dance.

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