Ian Spink

(b. 1947)

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(b Melbourne, 8 Oct. 1947)

Australian-British dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied at the Australian Ballet School and briefly with Cunningham, and danced with Australian Ballet (1969–74), Australian Dance Theatre (1973), Dance Company of New South Wales (now Sydney Dance Company, 1975–7), Richard Alston and Dancers (1978–9), and Basic Space Dance Theatre (1978–9). He created his first work in 1971 for the Australian Ballet Workshop and subsequently choreographed for various companies, forming his own group in the UK in 1978. He became co-artistic director of Second Stride in 1982 (sole director in 1988), his experimental, densely allusive style of dance theatre frequently made in close collaboration with his composers and designers, including Bosendorfer Waltzes (mus. Orlando Gough, des. Antony McDonald, 1986). After the company disbanded he worked freelance as a choreographer and director. His recent works include a re-interpretatioin of Ashton's A Tragedy of Fashion (mus. Elena Kats-Chernin, Rambert, 2004) and a new version of Petrushka (Scottish Ballet 2009), He has also directed operas and plays, including Judith Weir's The Vanishing Bridegroom (1990).

Subjects: Dance.

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