Watch a clip from Robert Altman's movie The Company which focuses on the preparation and premiere of Robert Desrosiers' futuristic ballet "The Blue Snake." From YouTube.
Rarely creating outside his own company, in 1985 he accepted a commission from Erik BRUHN for the National Ballet of Canada. The result, Blue Snake, with its mechanized sets and elaborate costumes, remains one of his most extravagant and spectacular works. It was also performed by the NBC at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1988. Desrosiers has also choreographed for WINNIPEG'S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS, the Lyons Opera Ballet in France and the National Ballet School.
In 1990 Robert Desrosiers largely revamped his company, putting more emphasis on movement and choreography and less on flamboyant theatricality in such works as Jeux (1990), Full Moon (1991), Black & White (1991) and Black & White in Colour (1993). In later works such as Corridors (1996), however, Desrosiers returned to his more familiar style. His company has toured across North and South America, to Europe, Australia, Japan and Singapore. In March 1996 Desrosiers ambitiously staged a season at Toronto's O'Keefe (now Hummingbird) Centre. While an artistic success, it was financially crippling, and Desrosiers's company was compelled to scale back operations. Although it continued its school programs the company lost the visibility and prominence of its earlier years. Desrosiers meanwhile fell out of favour with government funding agencies because of what was perceived as a lack of artistic evolution in his choreography. The company ceased operations in 1999.
After the demise of Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Robert Desrosiers took a break from dance to reflect and to pursue visual art. Despite the hiatus, interest in Desrosiers as a teacher, choreographer and personality persisted. In 2001 the DANNY GROSSMAN DANCE COMPANY, whose mandate includes the preservation of significant modern-dance works, revived Desrosiers's Bad Weather from 1982. From 2004-06 Desrosiers was the host of a documentary series on Canadian dancemakers, which was produced and developed in association with Bravo! Canada. In 2003 Desrosiers was cast as the ambitious artistic director of a fictitious ballet company in Robert Altman's film The Company, starring Neve CAMPBELL.
Robert Desrosiers is a guest artist with Ryerson Theatre School and in 2007 he premiered Rendezvous, a commission from BALLET JÖRGEN CANADA with a score by Eric Cadesky, Desrosiers won the JACQUELINE LEMIEUX Prize in 1980 and the Jean A. CHALMERS Award in Choreography in 1985.
Author MICHAEL CRABB Revised: BRIDGET CAUTHERY
Links to Other Sites
Sugar Plump Fairies
An article about award-winning choreographer Robert Desrosiers striving to find additional outlets for his creative talents. From the Lilith eZine website.
The Blue Snake
Watch a clip from Robert Altman's movie "The Company" which focuses on the preparation and premiere of Robert Desrosiers' futuristic ballet "The Blue Snake." From YouTube.