- Associated Press - Sunday, July 10, 2011

PARIS (AP) — Acclaimed choreographer Roland Petit — whose creations dazzled stages from Paris to Hollywood and inspired dancers, writers and designers — has died in Geneva at age 87.

The Paris National Opera announced Mr. Petit’s death Sunday after getting word from his wife, Zizi Jeanmaire, a ballerina turned music-hall performer who collaborated with her husband.

French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, paying tribute to Mr. Petit, said that some of his works brought together designers such as Yves Saint-Laurent for costumes, Pablo Picasso for decor, and writer and poet Jacques Prevert.

He created 11 works for the Paris Opera, including “Notre Dame de Paris,” and choreographed for Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn as well as for works such as the film “Daddy Long Legs” with Fred Astaire.


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