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Ben Stevenson

(b. 1937)


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(b Southsea, 4 Apr. 1937)

British dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director. He studied at Arts Educational School and in 1953 joined the Theatre Arts Ballet. In 1956 he danced with Sadler's Wells Opera Ballet, then with Sadler's Wells Ballet (1957–9). In 1959 he joined London Festival Ballet as soloist, after which he danced in theatre and television, returning to LFB as principal and ballet master and mounting Sleeping Beauty in 1967 with Beryl Grey. In 1969 he moved to America as Director of Harkness Youth Company for which he choreographed Bartók Concerto. He was then assistant director and subsequently artistic director of R. Page's Chicago Ballet (1971–5) and artistic director of Houston Ballet from 1976 to 2004. He had a significant impact on the company, opening up the repertory to many new choreographers and consolidating public interest in ballet as an art form. As well as creating many new works for Houston he also produced many popular versions of the standard classics, including Nutcracker (1991) and Cinderella (1992) for English National Ballet. In 1998 he created The Snow Maiden (mus. Tchaikovsky) for both American Ballet Theatre and Houston Ballet.

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