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Lar Lubovitch

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company / ballet choreogrpaher / contemporary dance / ice-dancing / musical theater

(1943- )

One of America's most versatile, popular and widely-seen choreographers, Lubovitch founded the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1968 and has choreographed more than 100 dances for the company. Based in New York City, the company has performed in virtually all 50 American states as well as in more than 30 foreign countries. Currently the company is focusing on creating dances in New York and teaching throughout the world.

Born in Chicago, Lubovitch was educated at the University of Iowa and the Juilliard School in New York, where his teachers included Antony Tudor, José Limón, Anna Sokolow, and Martha Graham. He danced in numerous modern, ballet, jazz and ethnic companies before forming his own company. Lubovitch's work is renowned for its musicality, rhapsodic style, and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed throughout the world.

During 2004-05, Lubovitch created three new dances: Love Stories, a collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Do You Be, created in honour of Meredith Monk, and Elemental Brubeck, a collaboration with San Francisco Ballet. During 2005-06, the Lubovitch company collaborated with the Limón Dance Company in the creation of Recordare, and in November 2005, the company's annual New York City season featured the American premiere of Elemental Brubeck. In the spring of 2006, Lubovitch created another new dance with his company, to premiere later in the year.

The Lubovitch company's world premieres include Pentimento (2004), My Funny Valentine (2001), and Men's Stories (2000). Another recent major project was the creation of a full-evening-length (3-act) ballet based on Othello. To create such grand dance, the company formed an unprecedented collaboration with ABT and San Francisco Ballet. Othello was broadcast nationwide on PBS's "Great Performances" and nominated for an Emmy Award. Works created by Lubovitch for his company are also included in the repertoires of companies throughout the world, including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project and Netherlands Dans Theater.

In addition to his work for stage, screen and television, Lar Lubovitch has also made his mark on Broadway, creating choreography and musical staging for Into the Woods (1987, Tony Award nomination), The Red Shoes (1993, winner of Astaire Award from the Theater Development Fund), The King and I (1996), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin. In 2004, he was honoured with the Elan Award for his outstanding choreography. Lar Lubovitch has also made notable contributions to the advancement of choreography in the field of ice-dancing, creating dances for Olympic gold medalists John Curry, Peggy Fleming, and Dorothy Hamill, The Planets for Olympic silver medallists Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay, andl a full-length ice-dancing version of The Sleeping Beauty.