The Armitage Fndt./Armitage Gone! Dance
Karole Armitage (Choreographer/Director), Artistic Director of New York based Armitage Gone! Dance Company, was rigorously trained in classical ballet and is renowned for pushing the boundaries to create contemporary works that blend dance, music, science and the visual arts. Known as the “punk ballerina” Armitage’s work is at once both esoteric and popular. She has choreographed Broadway Productions, Videos for Madonna and Michael Jackson, several films for Merchant Ivory productions, a show for Cirque du Soleil and the Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Marc Jacobs Fashion show. She worked at major European institutions beginning in the 80s that continues to today including directing the 45-member ballet of Florence, Italy; directing the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Dance; serving as resident choreographer for the Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy France, etc. She has directed operas and created new dance productions for major houses in the US and Europe from the Paris Opera Ballet, to Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, The Boston Ballet, The Boston Opera, etc. She chose to return to NYC in 2004 to focus on her company, Armitage Gone! Dance. The company performs in traditional theaters as well as in non-traditional spaces including the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She has collaborated extensively with visual artists including Brice Marden, Jeff Koons, David Salle, Karen Kilminik, and Philip Taaffe. She was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Kansas University in 2013, and a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University in 2106 to study Native American Plains Culture. Armitage is currently an MIT Media Lab Directors Fellow.