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Dancer-Choreographer: Roland Petit Died Aged 87

Posted: July 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Dance, Roland Petit | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

French choreographer and dancer Roland Petit died Sunday in Geneva at age 87. French cultural minister Frédéric Mitterand called Petit “one of the major choreographers of the 20th century.”

French choreographer and dancer Roland Petit, who helped set up Les Ballets des Champs-Elysees and formed several more dance companies, died Sunday in Geneva at the age of 87. Petit served as Paris Opera artistic director for a few months in the 1970s but he gave up the job to buy the Casino de Paris concert hall in which he staged revues that starred his wife Zizi Jeanmaire. Petit created around a hundred dramatic ballets, which often combined fantasy with contemporary realism, including “The Strolling Players” and “Carmen,” and did the choreography for several French and US films. Read the full article »»»»

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