Olga Roriz

(b. 1955)

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(b Viana do Castelo, 8 Aug. 1955)

Portuguese choreographer. She studied at the National Theatre of San Carlos and National School of Lisbon and in 1976 became one of the leading dancers with Ballet Gulbenkian. She created her first works in the company's workshops in 1982 and went on to develop a style rooted in classical technique but also possessing the driving physicality typical of late-20th-century modern dance. Her works include The Seven Dances of Salome (mus. A. Emiliano, English National Ballet, 1993), one of several ballets created for an all-male cast. In 1993 she was appointed artistic director of the Lisbon Dance Company and in 1995 founded her own company with which she has developed a policy of creating dance in collaboration with a variety of artists including film-makers, photographers and writers. Her works for the company include Private Property (1998), Jump-up-and-Kiss-me (2003), Felicitações Madame (trilogy, film and dance 2005–06), Inferno (2008).

http://www.olgaroriz.com Website for the Olga Roriz company

Subjects: Dance.

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