Lila York

(b. 1948)

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(b Syracuse, NY, 29 Nov. 1948)

US dancer and choreographer. She trained in ballet as well as studying modern dance with Paul Sanasardo and at the Graham school, joining Paul Taylor's company in 1973. Here she created roles in many of Taylor's works, including Cloven Kingdom, Esplanade, Mercuric Tidings, Sunset, Byzantium, and Lost, Found and Lost. After leaving Taylor in 1985 she collaborated with Martha Clarke on Vienna: Lusthaus and appeared in her The Garden of Earthly Delights. From the mid-1980s she staged Taylor's works for other companies as well as working as a freelance choreographer, making Celts (1996) and Ode to Joy (1998) for Boston Ballet, El Grito (1997) for San Francisco Ballet, Psalms (1992) for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sanctum (1997) for Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Rules of the Game (1999) for Houston Ballet. Her 1995 ballet Rapture, which was originally made for the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, has entered the repertoire of several companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Scottish Ballet. From 1989 to 1994 she was director of Pacific Northwest Ballet Offstage, a showcase for new choreography in Seattle.

Subjects: Dance.

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