French-born choreographer, Andre Prokovsky, died on August 15th, 2009 after a long battle with cancer.
Andre Prokovsky was born in Paris of Russian parents. He studied ballet with Madame Nora and other famous Russian émigré teachers. However, unusual for a dancer, he made his debut at the Comedie Francaise in a Moliere play. By the time he was 18, he had danced with various French companies, but the seal on his future success was set on his career when he went to Moscow for the Youth Dance Festival and won a silver medal.
In 1960 he joined the Grand Ballet of the Marquis de Cuevas as a principal dancer. From 1963 to 1967 he danced with the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer and also appeared as guest artist with ballet companies in the United States and Europe, as well as appearing in television broadcasts. He rejoined London Festival Ballet in 1967 where he and Galina Samsova were the premiere partnership until 1972.
In 1972, Mr. Prokovsky and Galina Samsova formed their own company, The New London Ballet, which toured extensively through the United Kingdom, Europe, the Far and Middle East, South America, and the United States.
Mr. Prokovsky began his choreographic career while still directing and dancing for The New London Ballet. He created more than ten ballets, most of which have been taken into the repertoires of other ballet companies all over the world.
From 1977 to 1978 he was the Ballet Director of the Rome Opera House.
Since 1978, Mr. Prokovsky had pursued a successful career as a freelance choreographer. His ballets have been produced by London Festival Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, The Scottish Ballet, Rome Opera, the Australian Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Malmo Opera Ballet, Grand Theatre (Warsaw, Poland), The Royal Ballet, La Scala (Milan), the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet de Santiago, Singapore Dance Theatre, the PACT, CAPAB, and NAPAC Ballets in South Africa, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and in the United States, Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Cincinnati Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and the Tulsa Ballet Theatre.
Mr. Prokovsky created ten full-length ballets, Anna Karenina and The Three Musketeers (the Australian Ballet), Dr. Zhivago (CAPAB Ballet), Victoria (Norwegian National Ballet), La Traviata (London City Ballet), Macbeth (Ballet de Santiago), The Great Gatsby (Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre), Queen of Spades (Ballet West), Romeo and Juliet (Royal Ballet of Flanders), and Turandot (Guangzhou Guangdong Ballet of China). He has also staged his own versions of the classics, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake.
Mr. Prokovsky also choreographed the ballet in the much-acclaimed Paris Opera production of Robert a Diable and the Washington Opera' The Tsar's Bride.
Mr. Prokovsky made his home in the south of France.
Mr. Prokovsky is survived by his wife, Elvire, and his son Alexandre.