Robyn Orlin

(b. 1955)

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(b Johannesburg, 1955)

South African dancer and choreographer. She trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance (1975–80) and during the 1980s returned to South Africa to become a member of the Federated Union of Black Artists Academy, creating a contemporary dance section for which she both choreographed and taught. In post-apartheid South Africa, Orlin became director of one of the country's leading independent dance companies, her work taking a provocative stance on issues such as HIV/AIDS, the condition of women, racial divisions, and social abuse, through a mix of dance, text, video, and striking visual imagery. Her productions include If You Can't Change the World Change Your Curtains (1990); the Olivier award-winning Daddy, I've Seen This Piece Six Times Before and I Still Don't Know Why They're Hurting Each Other (1999), and We Must Eat Our Suckers with the Wrapper on (2001). In 2005 she was choreographer in residence at the National Centre de Pantin, Paris and in 2007 she choreographed Handel's L'Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato for Paris Opéra. She directed the short film Hidden beauties Dirty stories (2005). Recipient of numerous awards and honours including Knight of the French National Order of Merit (2009).

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Subjects: Dance.

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