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The 2004 Elan Awards

The 2004 Elan Awards
Geoffrey Doig-Marx, Bruce Robert Harris, and
Dance Spirit Magazine

The 2004 Elan Awards

Honoring Choreographer

Lar Lubovitch

With Special Performance by Guest Company



LAR LUBOVITCH – One of this country’s most versatile, popular and widely seen choreographers, Lubovitch founded the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company 35 years ago and has choreographed more than 100 dances for the company. Based in New York City, the company has performed in virtually all 50 American states as well as in more than 30 foreign countries. Currently the company is focusing on creating dances in New York and teaching throughout the world. The company staged the world premiere of its newest dance, Pentimento, from May 11-22, 2004 at the historic Washington Square Church in New York City, as part of the company’s 35th anniversary celebration. Following the New York City season, the company embarked on a special limited anniversary tour, including performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (July 14-18). During the next year, Lubovitch will be creating two new dances. One will be a collaboration between the Lubovitch company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (to premiere in Chicago in March 2005), and the other will be a collaboration between the Lubovitch company and San Francisco Ballet (to premiere in Paris in July 2005). In between the two premieres, the Lubovitch company will stage its annual New York City season (at a theater to be determined).

The Lubovitch company staged the world premiere of My Funny Valentine as part of the company’s 2001 season in New York at City Center, and, the year before that, staged the world premiere of its acclaimed hit Men’s Stories at the Orensanz Center for the Arts. Another recent major project was the creation of a full-evening-length (3-act) ballet based on Othello. To create such a grand dance, the company formed an unprecedented collaboration with ABT and San Francisco Ballet. Othello was broadcast nationwide on PBS’s “Great Performances” last year.

Lubovitch has also allowed works of his to be included in the repertories of other select companies throughout the world, including (among others) the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and Netherlands Dance Theater. ABT staged the premiere of Meadow in 1999 and the premiere of “…smile with my heart” in 2002. The Royal Danish Ballet staged the premiere of All Ye Need to Know in 2000. Lubovitch made his Broadway debut in 1987 with the musical staging for the Stephen Sondheim/ James Lapine musical, Into the Woods, for which he received a Tony Award nomination.

In 1993 he choreographed the highly-praised dance sequences for the Broadway show The Red Shoes. The final ballet from that show joined the repertories of American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Canada. For his work on that show, he received the 1993-94 Astaire Award from the Theater Development Fund. In 1996 he created the musical staging (and two new dances) for the Tony-Award-winning Broadway revival of The King and I. Most recently he devised the musical staging for Walt Disney’s stage version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin. In addition to his work for stage, screen and television, Lubovitch has also made a notable contribution to the advancement of choreography in the field of ice-dancing.

He has created dances for Olympic gold medalists John Curry, Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill and has choreographed a full-length ice-dancing version of The Sleeping Beauty, starring Olympic medalists Robin Cousins and Rosalynn Sumners. The ballet was broadcast throughout Great Britain and America. More recently he completed work on a TV project with Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay, who won the silver medal for France at the 1992 Olympics. The show, based on The Planets by Gustav Holst, was broadcast by the A&E TV-network in June 1995 and was nominated for an International Emmy Award, a Cable ACE Award and a Grammy Award.

Most recently he created two new ice dances for Paul Wylie and a duet for Renee Roca & Gorsha Sur. Born in Chicago, Lubovitch was educated at the University of Iowa and the Juilliard School in New York. His teachers at Juilliard included Antony Tudor, Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow and Martha Graham. He danced in numerous modern, ballet, jazz and ethnic companies before forming the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1968. Lubovitch’s work is renowned for its musicality, rhapsodic style and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed throughout the world. Additional info is available at

The 2004 Elan Awards Choreographers are:
  • Ginger Cox
  • Amber Perkins
  • Braham Logan Crane
  • Tabetha Lorina Baker
  • Bradley Shelver
  • John Paolillo
  • Amy Hall
  • Jennifer Archibald
  • Mark Marino
  • Tracie Stanfield
  • Geoffrey Doig-Marx

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