(b London, 14 Jan. 1945)
British dancer and ballet director. The niece of the actor John Gielgud. She studied at the Hampshire School in London and later with a succession of individual teachers including Karsavina, Idzikowski, V. Gsovsky, Egorova, and Rosella Hightower. She made her debut in 1961 with Petit's Ballets de Paris then moved to the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in 1962 and to the Grand Ballet Classique de France (1963–6) before joining the Ballet of the 20th Century (1967–71). Here she created roles in several Béjart ballets, Ni Fleurs, ni couronnes, Baudelaire, Bhakti (all 1968), Les 4 Fils Aymon II (1969), and Serait-ce la mort? (1970). In 1971 she moved to Berlin Opera Ballet and the following year to London Festival Ballet where she remained until 1975. As a freelance guest artist she appeared with many companies, including Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet. From 1978 she toured with her own theatre production, Steps, Notes and Squeaks, which took audiences on a backstage tour of the ballet. Her first choreography was The Soldier's Tale in 1980. In 1983 she was appointed artistic director of the Australian Ballet and during her thirteen-year tenure revived the company's international profile. She resumed overseas touring, produced several stagings of the classics, introduced works by outside choreographers such as Béjart, Forsythe, and Duato, and developed new Australian choreographers. From 1997 to 1999 she was artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet after which she has worked freelance, teaching internationally and also reviving productions from the classic and Béjart repertories.
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