Armitage Gone! Dance: San Francisco Premiere of Three Theories
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The last date listed for Armitage Gone! Dance was Friday May 18, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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“Armitage’s work is vivid, ideas tearing through bodies and escaping, movement as bold in contrast as the orchestral sonorities.” —Financial Times (London)
Karole Armitage* *began her career in 1973 as a member of the Ballet du Grand Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland, a company devoted exclusively to the repertory of George Balanchine. From 1976 to 1981, she danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and, throughout the ’80s, she led her own New York-based company.
After a performance of her Watteau Duets in 1984, Mikhail Baryshnikov invited her to create a work for American Ballet Theatre; in 1987, she was asked by Rudolph Nureyev to create her fourth dance for Paris Opera Ballet. Its success led to many European commissions and in 1990 Armitage chose to maintain her company on a project basis to pursue work with major European ballet and opera companies. In 1990, she became Director of MaggioDanza in Florence, Italy, and from 1999 to 2002 she was the resident choreographer of the Ballet de Lorraine in France, which toured her work throughout Europe.
She launched Armitage Gone! Dance in New York in 2005 upon her return to the city after 15 years in Europe. Dedicated to redefining the boundaries and perceptions of contemporary dance, the company extends the mandate of innovation that characterized both her earlier Armitage Ballet, founded in 1985, and her first full-time company, Armitage Gone!, founded in 1979.
She has since created dances for numerous companies, directed operas from the baroque and contemporary repertoire for many of the prestigious houses of Europe, worked on several feature films and has choreographed for pop icons Madonna and Michael Jackson. She has also collaborated with a distinguished array of artists including Thomas Adès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jeff Koons, Christian Lacroix, David Salle and Brice Marden.