Fernando Bujones


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(b Miami, 9 Mar. 1955; d Miami, 10 Nov. 2005)

US dancer. He studied with Alonso in Cuba and at the School of American Ballet (from 1967), making his debut with the Eglevsky Ballet in 1970 and joining American Ballet Theatre in 1972. He won the gold medal at Varna in 1974 (the first American to do so) and became a principal in 1974. He left ABT in 1985 (although returned in 1990 as a permanent guest artist) and pursued an internationally successful career as a guest artist. He appeared with companies in N. and S. America, Europe, and Japan as well as with the Bolshoi (1987) and was a regular guest with the Boston Ballet. He also appeared in the film The Turning Point (1978). A prodigiously talented dancer, he owed his stardom to his bravura technique and self-confidence. ‘Baryshnikov has the publicity, I have the talent,’ he was quoted as saying after winning Varna, although his rivalry with Baryshnikov at ABT eventually led to his departure from that company. He created roles in Tharp's Bach Partita (1984) and Béjart's Trois études pour Alexandre (1987). He published his autobiography, Fernando Bujones, in Rio de Janeiro in 1984. He made his final appearance with ABT in 1995; following his retirement from the stage he worked as a freelance teacher and choreographer, mainly in the US before being appointed director of Orlando Ballet in 2000, where he remained until his premature death.

Subjects: Dance.

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