Lar Lubovitch
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Lar Lubovitch

Lar Lubovitch is one of America’s most versatile, popular and widely seen choreographers. Based in New York City, Lubovitch’s company has performed throughout the world, and his dances have also been performed by many other major companies, including American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and many others. His dances are renowned for their musicality, rhapsodic style and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed worldwide.

----- THE COMPANY. The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company is internationally renowned as one of the world's best dance companies. Founded in 1968, the company is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. The season will kick off with a preview performance on Nov 13 (2017) at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater, and it will culminate with performances from April 17-22 (2018) at the Joyce Theater. Celebrated for both its choreographic excellence and its unsurpassed dancing, the company has created more than 110 new dances and performed before millions throughout the United States and in more than 40 foreign countries.

----- FILM. His dances on film include Othello (broadcast throughout the U.S. on PBS’s “Great Performances” and nominated for an Emmy Award), Fandango (winner of an International Emmy Award) and My Funny Valentine for the Robert Altman film The Company (for which Lubovitch was nominated for an American Choreography Award).

----- ICE DANCING. Lubovitch has also made a notable contribution to choreography in the field of ice-dancing, having created concert dances for Olympic skaters John Curry, Dorothy Hamill, Peggy Fleming, Brian Orser, JoJo Starbuck and Paul Wylie, as well as two one-hour ice-dances for television: The Sleeping Beauty (PBS) and The Planets (A&E) (nominated for an International Emmy Award, a Cable Ace Award and a Grammy Award).

----- BROADWAY. His work on Broadway includes Into the Woods (Tony Award nomination), The Red Shoes (Astaire Award) and the Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I.

----- CHICAGO DANCING FESTIVAL & NY QUADRILLE. In 2007, Lubovitch created the Chicago Dancing Festival, launched in collaboration with the City of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, which, for 10 seasons, presented five days of performances in downtown Chicago, featuring a national roster of leading American dance companies. The festival was attended by more than 15,000 every year and was presented entirely free to the public. In 2007, he was named Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune and in 2008 by Chicago Magazine. In 2016, Lubovitch created, and he now curates, NY Quadrille at the Joyce Theater in NYC.

----- MOST RECENT AWARDS. In 2011, he was named a Ford Fellow by United States Artists and also received the Dance/USA Honors Award. In 2012, his dance “Crisis Variations” was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse for outstanding choreography at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In 2013, the American Dance Guild honored him for lifetime achievement, and in 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by The Juilliard School in New York City. In 2016, he received the Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement and the Dance Magazine Award; he was named one of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures by the Dance Heritage Coalition; and he was appointed a Distinguished Professor of Dance at UC/Irvine.


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