Geoffrey Holder

(b. 1930)

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(b Port-of-Spain, 1 Aug. 1930)

British-US dancer, choreographer, and designer. He studied traditional dances in the W. Indies and gave his first performances in the company of his brother Bosco. In 1953 he went to New York where he taught at the Dunham school and danced in various Broadway shows, at the Metropolitan Opera House, with John Butler's company, and with his own group. He choreographed, composed, and designed Prodigal Prince for Ailey's company in 1971, choreographed Dougla (1974) and Banda (1982) for Dance Theatre of Harlem and designed Taras's Firebird (1982) for that company. He also directed and designed The Wiz on Broadway (1975) and has continued to exhibit his own paintings. He married the dancer Carmen de Lavallade.

Subjects: Music Theatre — Dance.

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