Dan Wagoner

(b. 1932)

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(b Springfield, W. Va., 31 Jul. 1932)

US dancer and choreographer. He came to professional dance late, studying with Ethel Butler and Graham and making his debut in Graham's company in 1958 where he stayed until 1962. He also danced a season with Cunningham (1959–60) before becoming a full-time member of Paul Taylor's company in 1962, where he created roles in Aureole (1962), Orbs (1966), and other works. He choreographed his first work in 1968, and in 1969 formed his own company, which toured the US, S. America, and the UK. His works, choreographed for Ballet Rambert and London Contemporary Dance Theatre as well as for his own company, frequently employed American vernacular music and themes. They included Flee as a Bird (mus. trad. jazz and ragtime, 1985), An Occasion for Some Revolutionary Gestures (mus. M. Sahl, 1985), and White Heat (mus. Bartók, 1990). He was also artistic director of LCDT (1988–91). In 1994 financial problems forced the closure of his own company and he continued as a freelance choreographer and teacher, eventually joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Connecticut College in 1999.

Subjects: Dance.

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