elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Clark Tippet (October 5, 1954 – January 28, 1992)

Clark Tippet (October 5, 1954 in Parsons, Kansas – January 28, 1992 in Parsons, Kansas) was a danseur and choreographer. He was a member of the American Ballet Theatre company in New York City. Among other roles, he was the male Spanish Dancer in Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker. The production was first televised in 1977. (Picture: Clark Tippet, Photo: David C. Tippet, brother and photographer)

A leading ballet dancer with American Ballet Theatre and an up-and-coming ballet choreographer, Clark Tippet choreographed five ballets for ABT and other works for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. A soloist with ABT starting in 1975, Tippet took a leave of absence from 1978 to 1982 to remedy his drug addiction. In 1986, he choreographed his first piece, Enough Said, for ABT. After Tippet's death, the company presented a memorial service at the Joyce Theater.

AIDS Quilt

Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/dance/catalogue/tippet.html

Further Readings:

American Ballet Theatre: A Twenty-Five Year Retrospective
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 1, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0740700189
ISBN-13: 978-0740700187
Amazon: American Ballet Theatre: A Twenty-Five Year Retrospective

Ballet fans worldwide will cherish this beautiful photographic retrospective of the last 25 years of the American Ballet Theatre. Featuring more than 120 black-and-white photographs and more than 50 color photographs, this book captures the historic moments in a troupe whose performances have been described by the New York Times as "a marathon of glorious dancing."With a substantial foreword by critic Clive Barnes, the text by Elizabeth Kaye narrates the rich history of the 60-year-old troupe, then concentrates on the two significant eras that have taken the ABT into the millennium as one of the most celebrated dance companies in the world: In the period in which Mikhail Baryshnikov served as its artistic director, commencing in 1980, the company strengthened and refined its classical tradition. The modern era, commencing when former principal dancer Kevin McKenzie took over in 1992, has seen a solid and adventuresome company turning a financial crisis into what Dance magazine calls "a cloudless horizon."Recognized as one of the world's greatest dance companies, ABT sets itself apart by its size, scope, and outreach. Founded in 1940, ABT performs for more than 600,000 people throughout the United State each year and is now in its sixth decade.The book celebrates the rich history of the company considered one of America's living treasures. Some ABT highlights include the company premier of Rudolf Nereyev's Raymonda, the world premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov's The Nutcracker, and the world premiere of Antony Tudor's The Tiller in the Fields.

More LGBT History at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Gay Classics

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