Guest Choreographers

Ann Reinking

Momentum: Fosse Style!
Broadway superstar and Tony Award® winner Ann Reinking sets a medley of Bob Fosse works on Ballet Nebraska. (Oct. 20  &  22, 2017)

Ann Reinking is a dancer, actress and choreographer renowned for her extensive work in Broadway productions and film.

reinking1Following early classical ballet training with San Francisco Ballet, Ms. Reinking moved to New York at age 16 to study on scholarship with Joffrey Ballet. The lure of the theater found her making her debut in Cabaret (1969), followed by Coco (1969).

Ms. Reinking soon met the legendary Bob Fosse, for whom she became protégé, muse, and off-stage paramour. After an award-winning turn in Over Here! (1974), Ms. Reinking garnered her first Tony Award® nomination for her portrayal of Joan of Arc in Goodtime Charley (1975). The following year, she stepped into the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line. In 1977, Ms. Reinking was tapped once again as a replacement, this time as Roxie Hart in Chicago, a role she would revive twenty years later. Ms. Reinking’s second Tony Award® nomination came for Dancin’ (1978), Fosse’s free-form salute to Broadway gypsies.

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Ann Reinking and Bob Fosse

Fosse cast Ms. Reinking to play a version of herself as his alter ego’s girlfriend in the autobiographical film, All That Jazz (1979). She also starred in the movies Annie (1982) and Micki and Maude (1984), as well her own off-Broadway show Ann Reinking … Music Loves Me (1984). She collaborated again with Fosse to star in his revival of Sweet Charity in 1986-87.

Following a break after the birth of her son, Ms. Reinking returned to Broadway in Bye Bye, Birdie (1991). She founded the Broadway Theater Project, a training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals in 1994.

Ms. Reinking again returned to Broadway as both choreographer and star in the revival of Chicago (1997) which earned her a Tony Award® for Best Choreography. She was nominated for another Tony® for her directorial work in Fosse (1999), a three-act musical homage to the dance legend. Fosse won the Tony Award® for Best Musical that year.

In 2001, Ms. Reinking received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University for her contribution to the arts. She serves as a member of the advising committee for the American Theater Wing.

Ms. Reinking continues to choreograph for theater, television and film.

 

Oskar Antunez

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Former Royal Danish Ballet dancer Oskar Antunez brings William Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy to life in this enchanting ballet. (May 5 & 6, 2018)

oskar antunezA native of El Paso, TX, Oskar Antunez received his early training from Ingeborg Heuser and graduated from University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in ballet performance. Antunez toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe while performing with
 Royal Danish Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Harkness Ballet of New York.  Antunez made his choreographic debut at the Royal Danish Ballet where his original works were received with great acclaim.

Equally accomplished in classical ballet, jazz, and musical theater, Antunez has staged numerous classical and contemporary works as assistant director and ballet master at Ballet El Paso, and as associate artistic director and resident choreographer at Montgomery Ballet. His works include productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Tango, Huapango, The Planets, Gatsby, Joey’s Jest, Carmen, Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, Red, White & Blue and Alice in Wonderland.

Antunez has served as dance faculty at several colleges, and as a member of the Dance Advisory Panel on the Arts in Texas.

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