THIERRY BOCCON-GIBOD Maurice Béjart #1: Jorge Donn ca. 1970 - x +

CN: BoGi1970MB01

MT: silver print on paper (17x23 / F:38x43x1)

TX: printed at rear center in French <A.P.I. / 144, Champs-Élysées / Tél.: 359.50.06 // Thierry BOCCON-GIBOD / PHOTOGRAPHE A.P.I.>

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos in loving memory of Maurice Béjart - 2007

CM: Jorge Donn (1947-1992) was born Jorge Raul Itovich Donn on 25 February 1947 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began to dance when he was 4 years old, then studied under María Fux at Scuola Teatro Colón. In 1963, he arrived to Brussels to work in the Maurice Béjart company and soon became its principal dancer. In 1979, he performed for the first time Boléro, ballet that was created for a woman. His interpretation of Boléro in Claude Lelouch's film Les Uns et les Autres (aka Boléro) is unforgettable. Many Béjart's works were created expressly for him: Bhakti (1968); Nijinsky, Clown de Dieu (1971); Golestan or The Garden of Roses (1973); Ce que l'Amour me Dit (1974); Notre Faust (1975); Léda (1978); Adagietto (1981) and others. Since 1976, Jorge Donn was artistic director of the "Ballet of the 20th Century". In 1988, he founded his own company, "L'Europa Ballet", which existed for a short time. In 1979, he won the prestigious Dance Magazine Award. In 1989, Jorge Donn was nominated by Konex foundation as one of the best dancers. Jorge Donn died of AIDS on 30 November 1992 in Lausanne. Many choreographers created their ballets as tribute for him: Maurice Béjart - Ballet for Life; Denys Ganio - Tango... A Rose for Jorge Donn; Carolyn Carlson - Homage for Jorge Donn; Grazia Galante -Masticando Sueños.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2007]