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Biography

Peter Randazzo

Toronto Dance Theatre

(1942- )

Peter Randazzo was born and raised in New York City. In the early 1960s, while still a teenager, he joined Martha Graham's company where he was a member for six years. He also performed with the José Limón Dance Company, as well as with choreographers Donald McKayle and Eleo Pomare.

In 1967, Randazzo immigrated to Canada to join Patricia Beatty's company, New Dance Group of Canada. The group evolved into the Toronto Dance Theatre the next year with Randazzo, Beatty and choreographer David Earle sharing duties as co-artistic directors. Randazzo choreographed over forty works for the company. His L'Assassin Menace (1987) is considered by many to be a classic.

In addition to his work as a choreographer, Randazzo taught at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre from 1968 until 1990 and was a popular guest teacher at other institutions. Randazzo, Beatty and David Earle were honoured when they collectively received a Dance Ontario Award in 1983 and a Toronto Arts Award for Performing Arts in 1988.

Learn more:

Blewchamp, Anna. “To Dance Beyond Yourself: Peter Randazzo.” This Passion: for the love of dance. Ed. Carol Anderson. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es, 1998: 151-157.

Crabb. Michael, « Brian Macdonald », Encyclopedia of Theatre Dance in Canada/Encyclopédie de la Danse théâtrale au Canada, publication dirigée par Susan Macpherson, Toronto, Dance Collection Danse Press/es, 2000, p. 363-365.

Saxton, Nadine, and Katherine Cornell. Toronto Dance Theatre, 1968-1998: Stages in a Journey. North York, ON: Captus Press, 1998.