Destiny’s Waltz by Robert de Warren
DESTINY’S WALTZ – In Step with Giants
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Robert de Warren has had a distinguished career as a dancer, choreographer, producer, ballet director, and costume and scenery designer. Born in Uruguay to an Anglo/Irish father and a British/Italian mother, de Warren spent his childhood in Argentina under the Peron regime. He credits his mother’s family with his gifts for dance and music. His great-grandfather, born in Mantova, Italy, was a distinguished violinist and composer who became the Master of the Emperor’s Music to Peter II of Brazil, who reigned for 65 years. That explains why his mother was born in Uruguay.
A graduate of the Royal Ballet School he joined the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden as a dancer and began his choreographic experiences. He was to choreograph over 100 ballets in his career. The list of ballet companies for whom de Warren danced, include the Stuttgart and Frankfurt Ballets while he also guested in Berlin, Italy and France. He spent 11 years as head of the National Ballet of Iran and founded the National Folklore Organization and company that toured the world. Empress Farah Pahlavi said of him, “We are grateful for everything Robert de Warren has done for dance in Iran.” He became the Artistic Director of the Northern Ballet in England and obtained the patronage of Princess Margaret and Rudolph Nureyev as artist laureate.
Nureyev was to become de Warren’s collaborator and life-long friend. It was he who recommended de Warren for the position of Director of the Ballet at La Scala. Before joining the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, de Warren spent 7 years in Milan, Italy, as Artistic Director of the La Scala Ballet and Controller of the La Scala Ballet School. He was outstanding in his role as Artistic Director of the Sarasota Ballet for 13 years. He retired in 2007.
A charming gentleman, witty and clever, Robert de Warren is married to Jacqueline Rousseau, a former ballerina. He has written a fascinating and truly amazing memoir entitled “Destiny’s Waltz—In Step with Giants.” It overflows with interesting and exciting stories.
Endorsements by such luminaries as Charlie Crist who is quoted as saying “I commend Robert de Warren for his passion to create an awareness of the importance of dance . . . “ and Clive Barnes who noted “de Warren is an experienced even wily, hand at choreography,” are but a few of the many endorsements for this book.
In 2010 he founded in Sarasota, Florida, The Carreño Dance Festival in partnership with super star Jose Manuel Carreño of American Ballet Theater and worldwide. Their mission is to encourage and coach talented pre-professional dancers in the art of being a company member and understanding style, artistry and technique. The 2011 August residency had over fifty carefully selected dancers and a faculty of international extraordinary master teachers.
Robert de Warren has received numerous honors and is active in many international ballet activities: Varna Jury, Honorary Committee USA Ballet International Competition, nominated best designer for the Olivier Awards in London, Member of the Royal Academy of Dance and much more.
Visit Robert’s exclusive website at www.robertdewarren.org