Matz Skoog

(b. 1957)

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(b Stockholm, 10 Apr. 1957)

Swedish dancer and director. He studied at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and later in Leningrad (1978) and danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet as apprentice (1973–5) then as full company member (1975–9). In 1979 he moved to London Festival Ballet where he was promoted to principal in 1981. He remained there until 1989 (apart from a season with Nederlands Dans Theater, 1982–3) and danced leading roles in the classics as well as the 20th-century repertory creating roles in Tetley's Pulcinella (1984), C. Bruce's Swansong (1987), and others. He then worked as a freelance dancer and producer, for example staging La Sylphide in Rome (1991), after which he was ballet master at London City Ballet (1991–3), assistant artistic director at Aterballetto (1993–4), dancer and teacher with Rambert Dance Company (1994), and was also guest teacher with many companies. In 1996 he was appointed artistic director of Royal New Zealand Ballet, where he was responsible for expanding the repertory with a more international range of work. Between 2001 and 2005 he was then artistic director of English National Ballet (2001–05) where he attempted, conversely, to encourage British choreographers, for example Christopher Hampson and Michael Corder. He has since returned to teach at the Royal New Zealand Ballet and its school.

Subjects: Dance.

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