Biography of Óscar Araiz

Dancer, choreographer and director of Argentine ballet, born in Bahia Blanca on December 2, 1940.

He studied dance with the teachers Locardi, Schottelius and Hoyer and debuted in 1958 at the Teatro Argentino de La Plata. In 1964 he undertook a tour of South America with a small own company, which lasted until 1967. The following year he was appointed artistic director of the Ballet of the Municipal Theatre of Buenos Aires, where he served until 1973. In 1980 he replaced Peter van Dyk in the directorship of the Ballet of the Grand Theatre of Geneva, although he left the post in 1988 in favour of Gradimir Pankov. Since then he has been resident choreographer of the company. He has created numerous ballets, both companies addressed to others. His extensive repertoire includes: El Canto de Orfeo (Henry, 1964), Orpheus (Stravinsky, 1964), La Pazzia Senile (Banchieri,
1965), the rite of spring (Stravinsky, 1966), Deserts (Varese, 1967), Sinfonia India (Chávez, 1967), airtight visions (Kagel, 1969) premiered in Paris and inspired by the painting the garden of earthly delights, In a Gadda Da Vida (Butterfly, 1970), Moses and Aaron (Schoenberg1970), Tango (music traditional, 1975), to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Buenos Aires, Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev, 1977) to the Joffrey Ballet, which made a version in 1983 for the Geneva Ballet, dream of a summer night (Mendelssohn, 1979) and Peer Gynt (Grieg, 1986), among others.

In 1969 first visited Spain with the Ballet of the Teatro San Martín of Buenos Aires and the choreography Sinfonia (Berio, 1968), work structured in ten movements: perceptions, Tempest, ceremony, night magic, violent night, slaughter, fractions, Collage, reflection and anthem. In 1992 he choreographed bestiary, with music of the Spanish Jerónimo Maesso, and dancers Julio Bocca and Eleonora C
assano as protagonists.

C. Paris / J. Bayo