Armitage Gone! Dance

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Karole Armitage is the Artistic Director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance Company. She began her professional with the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland (1973-1975), directed by George Balanchine. In 1976, she joined the Merce Cunningham’s company, where she remained for five years, performing leading roles in Cunningham’s landmark works. Through her unique and acute knowledge of the aesthetic values of Balanchine and Cunningham, Armitage has created her own “voice” in the dichotomy of classical and modern dance, and is seen by some critics as the true choreographic heir to the two masters of 20th century American dance.

Known as the “punk ballerina,” Armitage has created works on companies from The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow to the Tasmanian Dance company in Australia. She directed MaggioDanza di Firenze in Florence; the Biennale of Contemporary Dance in Venice; and served as resident choreographer for the Ballet de Lorraine in France. She is also well-known as an Opera Director. Her work is both esoteric and popular. She choreographed for Madonna and Michael Jackson; Broadway Productions (Passing Strange and Hair (the latter earning her a Tony Nomination); films for Merchant Ivory and for Cirque du Soleil. She was honored with a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard to study Native American Plains Culture. Armitage is currently an MIT Media Lab Directors Fellow.