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Choreographers
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Ailey, Alvin
African-American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey celebrated his heritage and translated his pain into art.
Ashton, Sir Frederick
Sir Frederick Ashton may be described as the choreographer who most fully defined British ballet in the twentieth century.
Béjart, Maurice
Maurice Béjart was a significant presence in late twentieth-century dance as a result of his reinvigoration of classical ballet and his creation of palpably homoerotic dances that celebrate male beauty.
Bennett, Michael
Bisexual choreographer and director Michael Bennett, winner of eight Tony Awards, developed a fluid, cinematic style of choreography and staging.
Bourne, Matthew
Perhaps the most acclaimed British choreographer working today, Matthew Bourne is best known for his homoerotic updatings and deconstructions of classic ballets.
Cunningham, Merce
One of the twentieth-century's most influential dancers and choreographers, Merce Cunningham avoided political statement and self-expression in his work, but his collaborative model may be said to represent a queering of the creative process.
Curry, John
World and Olympic figure skating champion John Curry was one of the first athletes to speak candidly about his sexual orientation while competing.
Dance
Artistic dance has proven to be a haven for glbtq people, who have made significant contributions in almost every area, including as choreographers, performers, and teachers.
Doone, Rupert
English dancer, choreographer, producer, and teacher of drama Rupert Doone had a varied and distinguished artistic career.
Duncan, Isadora
The mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan brought her feminist consciousness to the stage; and in her bohemian private life, she constantly challenged society's rules.
Goode, Joe
The most original contribution of the work of choreographer Joe Goode, which frequently confronts issues of being gay in the age of AIDS, is its challenge to traditional assumptions involving gender.
Helpmann, Sir Robert
Actor, dancer, and choreographer, Sir Robert Helpmann was present at the creation of premier ballet companies in both Great Britain and Australia.
Joffrey, Robert
American dancer, choreographer, and teacher Robert Joffrey created a major dance company and promoted gender parity in ballet.
Jones, Bill T.
A charismatic performer, gifted choreographer, and long-term survivor of AIDS, Bill T. Jones has created an impressive body of dance that frequently merges the private and the public.
Lifar, Serge
Fiercely ambitious, Serge Lifar used his extraordinary looks and charismatic personality to rise to the ranks of leading international ballet dancers and choreographers of the twentieth century.
Morris, Mark
American choreographer Mark Morris creates works that typically mix elements of Eastern and Western cultures and frequently explore sexual ambiguities.
Nijinsky, Vaslav
One of the greatest dancers and most innovative choreographers in the history of ballet, Vaslav Nijinsky embodied the sensuality and sexual ambiguity associated with the distinctive new art of the twentieth century.
Nureyev, Rudolf
The greatest dancer of his time, Rudolf Nureyev also gave the world a new and glamorous image of a sexually active gay man.
Robbins, Jerome
Bisexual choreographer and director Jerome Robbins was both a great choreographer of classical ballet and a Broadway innovator, but he was fearful that he might be outed.
Taylor, Paul
Dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor has been an important presence in American dance since the 1950s.
Tune, Tommy
The first person to have won Tonys in four different categories, dancer, director, and choreographer Tommy Tune is known for his choreographic sense of humor and for his celebration of the chorus line.
Van Dantzig, Rudi
As artistic director and resident choreographer of the Dutch National Ballet from 1971 to 1991, Rudi van Dantzig brought his company to international attention and created a body of choreographic work that explores such issues as the place of homosexuality in our time.
Weir, Johnny
Flamboyant figure skater Johnny Weir won three United States Championships and twice represented his country as an Olympian; although there had been widespread speculation that he was gay for several years, he did not come out publicly until 2011.
Wheeldon, Christopher
Christopher Wheeldon is one of the most innovative and acclaimed classical ballet choreographers working in the dance world today.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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