Norbert Vesak


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(b Vancouver, 22 Oct. 1936; d Charlotte, NC, 2 Oct. 1990)

Canadian dancer and choreographer. He studied with Cunningham, Craske, La Meri, Volkova, G. Holder, and Pauline Koner and after dancing with various Canadian companies embarked on his choreographic career. Among his best-known works were The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (mus. Mortifee, 1971), which highlighted the plight of North American Natives in a brutal white society, and What to Do till the Messiah Cometh (mus. Chilliwack, Werren, and Syrinx, 1972), an early rock ballet which featured the famous ‘Belong’ pas de deux—both for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He also choreographed for the National Ballet of Canada, and was director (1976–80) and subsequently guest choreographer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York.

Subjects: Dance.

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