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Jean-Pierre Frohlich

Choreographer

Biography

American choreographer Jean-Pierre Frohlich is a committee member of the Robbins Rights Trust and oversees New York City Ballet’s productions of Jerome Robbins’s repertory. At the Royal Opera House he has staged The Royal Ballet's productions of Robbins's The Concert and William Forsythe's Herman Schmerman, and San Francisco Ballet's production of Robbins's Glass Pieces.

Frohlich was born in New York and trained at the School of American Ballet. In 1972 he danced in the premiere of Robbins’s Watermill and that year joined New York City Ballet, promoted to soloist in 1979. His repertory at NYCB included Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and roles in Symphony in Three Movements, Mozartiana, Western Symphony, Don Quixote, Apollo, Symphony in C and La Valse, as well as leading roles in Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering, The Goldberg Variations, Interplay, The Four Seasons, Fancy Free, Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert and Piano Pieces. Frohlich became a ballet master of the company in 1990 and assisted Robbins in staging many of his works. He now oversees revivals of Robbins's works for such companies as Australian Ballet, the Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

In 2011 he became Artistic Director and Administrator of NYCB’s touring company, MOVES. He has choreographed several works for the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet workshops. He is the recipient of two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (1998, 2006).