Today we are joined by Karole Armitage, Artistic Director of the New York-based Armitage GONE! Dance Company. Karole has had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer. She began her professional career in 1973 as a member of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland, under the direction of George Balanchine. In 1976, she was invited to join Merce Cunningham’s company, where she remained for five years, performing leading roles in Cunningham’s landmark works.
She began her choreographic career in 1979, showcasing her unique voice in the dichotomy of classical and modern dance. Requests for commissions came in quickly once she started creating dance, from companies such as the Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and companies throughout Europe. In 1990, she choreographed Madonna’s now iconic music video, “Vogue,” then went on to choreograph for Michael Jackson’s music video, “In The Closet.”
In 2004 she founded her company, Armitage GONE! Dance, which will be onstage this month at New York Live Arts. We caught up with Karole as she was at the studios between rehearsals to hear about her expansive career, stories of working with Balanchine and Cunningham, choreographing for two of the most prolific pop stars of all time, and about her company’s upcoming shows. Don’t miss “A Pandemic Notebook” at New York Live Arts March 16-19, 2022. Tickets are available at https://newyorklivearts.org/live-arts-plus.
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