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The Don and Judy McCormack Endowed
Visiting Artist-Scholar Residency
 

Karole Armitage, Dancer & Choreographer

Karole Armitage Photo by-Marco-Mignani

Karole Armitage, director of the New York based Company, Armitage  Gone! Dance, founded in 2004, was rigorously trained in classical ballet. As a professional dancer she performed in Balanchine’s Grand Théâtre de Genève Company and in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Armitage, known as the punk ballerina, is renowned  for  pushing  the boundaries  to create  works  that blend  dance, music  and art  drawing  upon her technical  knowledge  of  dance to blend virtuosity with conceptual  ideas  from   the frontiers  of  movement research.  She directed the Ballet of Florence Italy (1995-1998),  the Biennale of Contemporary Dance in Venice (2004), served as resident choreographer for the Ballet de Lorraine in France (1999-2004) and created works for many companies including The Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, the Paris Opera Ballet, The Kansas City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. She collaborates frequently with composers and artists including Jeff   Koons, Brice Marden, David Salle and Phillip Taaffe. She  choreographed  two Broadway productions (Passing Strange and Hair which awarded her a Tony nomination), videos for Madonna and  Michael  Jackson  and several films for Merchant Ivory  productions  among others.  Known  for directing opera from the classical repertoire for important European Opera houses, she also choreographed The Cunning Little Vixen for the New  York Philharmonic  (2011), for a William Wegman dog (2012) and the Cirque du Soleil production Amaluna (2012). Armitage was awarded France’s most prestigious award in 2009, Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and is  the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 

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