Douglas Lee (choreographer)

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Choreographer Douglas Lee in rehearsal

Douglas Lee (born 1977 in London, England) is a British choreographer. A former principal dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet, his ballets have been premiered by Stuttgart Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, New York City Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, and several other European ballet companies.

Life and career[edit]

Born in England, Lee started his ballet training at the Arts Educational Schools London and then received a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School, where he graduated in 1996, winning the Alicia Markova Award.

Douglas Lee then joined The Stuttgart Ballet; his promotion to Principal Dancer followed in 2002.[1] As a principal dancer, Lee danced many roles for choreographers such as John Cranko, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier, Hans Van Manen, Glen Tetley, George Balanchine and William Forsythe.

Douglas made his choreographic debut in February 1999 for the Stuttgart-based Noverre Society's 'Young Choreographers', upon which he was commissioned to create a new work for the Stuttgart Ballet. He also participated twice at the New York Choreographic Institute to work with dancers of The New York City Ballet.

With Aubade and Lachrymal, Lee presented his first works for the Stuttgart Opera House; new creations for the Stuttgart Ballet also included Viewing Room, Dummy Run and Leviathan. His tenth work for the Stuttgart Ballet, Nightlight, premiered in March 2010. Following his choreographic success in Stuttgart, he became a freelance choreographer working internationally.[2]

His creation Fanfare LX for the Stuttgart Ballet was taken into the repertoire of the Staatsballett Berlin. He created Fractured Wake and returned to create 5 for Silver for the Norwegian National Ballet, Rubicon Play for the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Lifecasting set to the music of Steve Reich for the New York City Ballet, which was shortlisted in Time Out NY as one of the outstanding dance works of 2009[3] and taken into the Stuttgart Ballet repertoire.

He then created Miniatures and Aria for the Stuttgart Ballet, Souvenir for Perm Opera Ballet Theatre which received 3 Golden Mask Award Nominations, Septet for Tulsa Ballet, Iris and A-Life for Ballet Zurich, Chimera for Ballet Augsburg, Legion for Netherlands Dance Theatre 2, PianoPiece for Theater Dortmund,[4] The Fade for Ballet Mainz, Doll Songs for Ballet Nuremberg, Ophelia for Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin and Playground for Atlanta Ballet. His creation Snow Was Falling for Perm Opera Ballet Theatre received the Golden Mask Award[5] for best choreographer 2016.

Choreographic work[edit]

  • 2019 She Wore Red, Ballett Dortmund
  • 2018 Firebird, Yacobson Ballet St. Petersburg
  • 2017 Lady With A Fan, Ballett Zürich
  • 2017 Fortress, Greek National Orchestra Ballet Athens
  • 2016 Playground, Atlanta Ballet
  • 2015 Snow Was Falling, Perm Ballet
  • 2015 Ophelia, Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin
  • 2014 The Fade, Ballett Mainz
  • 2014 Doll Songs, Ballett Nürnberg
  • 2014 A-Life, Ballett Zürich
  • 2013 PianoPiece, Ballett Dortmund
  • 2012 Septet, Tulsa Ballet
  • 2012 Legion, Netherlands Dance Theatre II
  • 2012 Iris, Ballett Zürich
  • 2012 Chimera, Ballett Augsburg
  • 2012 Aria, Stuttgart Ballet
  • 2011 Souvenir, Perm Opera Ballet Theatre
  • 2011 Miniatures, Stuttgart Ballet
  • 2011 5 For Silver, Norwegian National Ballet
  • 2010 Nightlight, Stuttgart Ballet
  • 2009 Lifecasting, New York City Ballet
  • 2009 Fanfare LX, Stuttgart Ballet
  • 2008 Leviathan, Stuttgart Ballet
  • 2007 Dummy Run, Stuttgart Ballet
  • 2006 Viewing Room, Stuttgart Ballet
  • 2006 Rubicon Play, Royal Ballet of Flanders
  • 2005 Fractured Wake, Norwegian National Ballet
  • 2004 Lachrymal, Stuttgart Ballet
  • 2003 Aubade, Stuttgart Ballet


  1. ^ Cripps, Charlotte (25 March 2008). "British Export Gets Rushed off His Feet". The Independent. Retrieved via HighBeam Research 18 November 2013 (subscription required).
  2. ^ "Choreographers at the Stuttgart Ballet". Stuttgart Ballet. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  3. ^ Kourlas, Gia. "Cast away". Time Out New York.
  4. ^ Abegg, Tilman (26 October 2013). "Choreograf Lee: Die Tänzer sind das Klavier". Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved 18 November 2013 (in German).
  5. ^ "Golden Mask Award". The Golden Mask Festival.

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