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#31 Richka

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 08:57 AM

The Tucson paper obit, which seems to have a new link, has a charming picture of him in stylized cowboy outfit: http://www.legacy.co...p;pid=136270410.

In case you are interested, as you mentioned that picture, I placed that obituary and picture and it is one George gave me from the movie "Night And Day". I even have the original costume design from Warner Brothers. It does look Southwestern, and that is why I used it for the obit.

#32 Gina Ness

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 11:41 PM

Thank you very much, Richka, for your words about the memorial for Mr. Zoritch on December 6th. I wish I had been able to attend, but I was thinking about you all...I am sorry about the tape and photo problem (I can really relate to this...but, that's another story!), but you will all forever have the memory of the gathering and the wonderful thoughts and words about Mr. Zoritch's life and his passion for dance. It is wonderful that this event happened in the studio where he taught for so many years....I feel certain that you all could feel his presence! This event reminds me very much of the memorial we had for Alan Howard (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) at his beloved Academy of Ballet in San Francisco. Howard Sayette attended Alan's memorial, as well. I will never forget that event as you all will never forget your honoring of Mr. Zoritch...

#33 Ed Purvis

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:26 AM

My wife, Joan Purvis (then Joan Cauvin) took Ballet from George Zoritch in the early 1960's. She was always a big fan of his.

She also took from Alexis Dolinoff. Anybody have a link or something concerning him would appreciate a post.

#34 Richka

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 04:33 PM

Thank you very much, Richka, for your words about the memorial for Mr. Zoritch on December 6th. I wish I had been able to attend, but I was thinking about you all...I am sorry about the tape and photo problem (I can really relate to this...but, that's another story!), but you will all forever have the memory of the gathering and the wonderful thoughts and words about Mr. Zoritch's life and his passion for dance. It is wonderful that this event happened in the studio where he taught for so many years....I feel certain that you all could feel his presence! This event reminds me very much of the memorial we had for Alan Howard (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) at his beloved Academy of Ballet in San Francisco. Howard Sayette attended Alan's memorial, as well. I will never forget that event as you all will never forget your honoring of Mr. Zoritch...


Good news! There was a video recording made after all. So we do have a record of the event. I brought my digital camera along but then with the multi tasking, I forgot to take any pictures. Maybe someone else did. Then the guest book that peple were signing in has disappeared.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 04:47 PM

Thank you very much, Richka, for your words about the memorial for Mr. Zoritch on December 6th. I wish I had been able to attend, but I was thinking about you all...I am sorry about the tape and photo problem (I can really relate to this...but, that's another story!), but you will all forever have the memory of the gathering and the wonderful thoughts and words about Mr. Zoritch's life and his passion for dance. It is wonderful that this event happened in the studio where he taught for so many years....I feel certain that you all could feel his presence! This event reminds me very much of the memorial we had for Alan Howard (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) at his beloved Academy of Ballet in San Francisco. Howard Sayette attended Alan's memorial, as well. I will never forget that event as you all will never forget your honoring of Mr. Zoritch...


Good news! There was a video recording made after all. So we do have a record of the event. I brought my digital camera along but then with the multi tasking, I forgot to take any pictures. Maybe someone else did. Then the guest book that peple were signing in has disappeared.


Yes, the memorial for Zoritch was indeed held in the studio where he taught for 14 years. I'm so glad I chose that place and Jory Hancock and Melissa Lowe (heads of the Dance Dept) were very helpful in arranging it. Jory was the teacher who replaced Zoritch after he retired. But George Zoritch continued taking class, (only the barre portion) for several years after retirement. Melissa did a very touching gesture at the memorial. After she spoke she placed 3 red roses on the floor where Zoritch always stood at the barre.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 05:29 PM

Melissa did a very touching gesture at the memorial. After she spoke she placed 3 red roses on the floor where Zoritch always stood at the barre.

Sweet gesture. Roses for La Rose... :flowers:
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#37 Joan Purvis

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:24 AM

My wife, Joan Purvis, took Ballet from George Zorich in Augusta, GA when she was starting ballet He was a major influence in her life by helping create a lifelong love of Ballet. She later took courses from him one summer in Detroit.

Ed Purvis

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 01:44 PM

Thank you, Mr. Purvis, for writing on behalf of your wife. Mr. Zoritch passed his art along, creating ripples that continue to move outwards, in ever expanding circles, to enrich ballet well beyond his lifetime.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 12:37 PM

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My wife, Joan Purvis (then Joan Cauvin) took Ballet from George Zoritch in the early 1960's. She was always a big fan of his.

She also took from Alexis Dolinoff. Anybody have a link or something concerning him would appreciate a post.



I know thqt this is an old post from time of Mr. Zoritch's death......i, also took classes w/him in detroit in outside school theatre for several summers.....your wife and i were probably in class together (early 60's).....wonderful opportunities to be in presence of such a great artist and learn from the very best. I remember how cold it was for our evenig outside classes with temps in 30's. Wonderful memories of those days. Email me

#40 Sr. Lukas

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:41 AM

We continue all to be surely saddened by Georg Zoritch's passing. I danced with ballets russes as an awfully young man and remember mr Zoritch's elegantly distant support of all of us newbies. He, and oddly the recipient of the blow, was the only one to suggest the humour in my first appearance as one of the shah's harim guards in Scheherezade. The lady dancers did not want to rehearse with us much but the in and outs as shown by Vadim Sulima were serpentine as we proceeded to weild our large wooden scimitars as they ran over dusty couches and pillows in vain escape attempts. I, of course, bonked away and hit not only the first, but third and fifth girls on the noggin. Light taps, to be sure, and possibly more painful to my spirit than the recipients wigs. One who bellowed "Hey Ya Watchit" later became Bat-Girl on the telly and we worked together without a bonk between us.

Mr. Zoritch, as a marvellous slave, let out a hoot, that calmed the moment.

I am now writing about another Dance Great, Walter Gore, who has passed and whose work's have evaporated for some unknowable reason. A name that I encounter there in research is Svens Norrlander, Norrlander apparently worked with Mr. Gore in a number of countries, staging Gore's and other choreographers works for them. This level of trust is remarkable as is the fact that he apparently had some sort of licensure from them to, update is not what I really want to say but which must do, make changes. His term in trade was "I know what he meant here", that apparently was always supported later on by the choreographers. This is surely trust.

The reason I am bringing this up is that I can find so little about Svens Norrlander(or Sven Norlander) in his early formative years. Does anyone from Padova, Madrid, Lisbon, Munich, Australia, Israel, Buenos Aires, Santiago, San Francisco, New Zealand, New York, Montreal, Winnipeg, places where I have confirmed he has worked or who knows where else that I can confirm he appeared, have anything to share? I would like to consider writing on this fellow's and any other such trusted interpretor's interesting history. There is at least one film of him dancing in a Dances Concertantes with a Ms N. Robinson that I have seen and have a still from. The choreographer is unknown as is the company, but the work is exquisite from both. There are as well stills from what appears to be a Graham work. Is there more out there? One wonders, there may be a fellowship of such trusted staging interpretors that would be fun to discover and write up.

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Thanks folks.

#41 Gina Ness

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:41 PM

Hello, Sr. Lukas... This is indeed interesting to me. I didn't know what Sven was up to after he left SFB. I've known Sven since I was quite young. He is older than I am by a few years. We danced together when I was a kid at Ballet Celeste in San Francisco during the late 50s early 60s. Sven went on to dance at SFB, as did I later, although we didn't work together at SFB. He left before I arrived... Our paths may have crossed when I was studying at SFB school (mid sixties), but I'm not certain... The ballet you speak of is by Lew Christensen... Sven must be pictured with Nancy Robinson, a principal SFB dancer during the sixties. I don't know where he is now. I believe (I heard from a reputable source) he was in a very serious car accident quite a few years ago. He has dropped off the radar. He did not attend the SFB reunion in 2008. P.S. I have a few photos of a very young Sven as Franz in Coppelia with Ballet Celeste...

#42 Sr. Lukas

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:31 AM

Hello, Sr. Lukas... This is indeed interesting to me. I didn't know what Sven was up to after he left SFB. I've known Sven since I was quite young. He is older than I am by a few years. We danced together when I was a kid at Ballet Celeste in San Francisco during the late 50s early 60s. Sven went on to dance beautifully at SFB, as did I later, although we didn't work together at SFB. He left before I arrived... Our paths may have crossed when I was studying at SFB school (mid sixties), but I'm not certain... The ballet you speak of is by Lew Christensen... Sven must be pictured with Nancy Robinson, a principal SFB dancer during the sixties. I don't know where he is now. I believe (I heard from a reputable source) he was in a very serious car accident quite a few years ago. He has dropped off the radar. He did not attend the SFB reunion in 2008. P.S. I hAve a few photos of a very young Sven as Franz in Coppelia with Ballet Celeste...



#43 Sr. Lukas

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 02:21 PM

Hello Mlle Gina Ness,

What a genuinely remakable and gracious person are you to have such an arresting history and to be willing to share all. Thank you so for the informations. I now have new avenues of research from yourself and from another named Richka who was also very gracious and informed.

This fellow Sven Norrlander becomes at least slightly more interesting. At the outset he was a mere aside to my research on Walter Gore and Paula Hinton. Then came the bit about his work on Summerspace with Cunningham, and that work at, I think, the London Contemporary and then the bits about Theatro Colon and New Zealand and Lund and a travelogue of theatres worldwide. Many people have worked some of these venues, to be sure, but there just seems something special here. And then the suggestion that he may have been an arch criminal, as a secret ballet stager, put a new colour and humour on it. Now I have, from you, a sweet bit about him early on. What a story this might be, or not.

The goodest part, so far, has been the dearness of people such as yourself; sharing the knowing so graciously.

Thank you so.


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