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John Chesworth (1930-2014)

Biography: Dancer with Ballet Rambert 1952-1980; Associate Director of Ballet Rambert 1970-1974; Artistic Director of Ballet Rambert 1974-1980.
 
John Chesworth began his studies at the Rambert School of Ballet in 1950, following service in the Royal Air Force. Chesworth joined Ballet Rambert as a dancer in 1951. Following the reinvention of Ballet Rambert as a contemporary ensemble in 1966, Chesworth was appointed Assistant to the Directors. His first choreography for the company, 'Time Base', had its premiere that year. Chesworth made seven dance works for Ballet Rambert and two experimental films using the dancers ('Imprints' and 'Dancers - a film'). Chesworth became Associate Director of Ballet Rambert in 1970 and succeeded Norman Morrice as Artistic Director in 1974.
 
After stepping down from his role at Ballet Rambert in 1980, Chesworth became the founding Artistic Director of the National Youth Dance Company, which he led from 1985 to 2003. He appeared as a guest artist in Rambert's revival of 'Cruel Garden' in 1998. Chesworth was awarded an OBE in 2003.
Archive catalogue: DS/UK/13

Works

Ad hoc
John Chesworth, 1972
Four According
John Chesworth, 1970
'H'
John Chesworth, 1968
Pattern for an Escalator
John Chesworth, 1972
Pawn to King 5
John Chesworth, 1968
Project 6354/9116 Mk 2
John Chesworth, 1974
Tic-Tack
John Chesworth, 1968
Time Base
John Chesworth, 1966

Performances

Date ⇃⇂ Dance Work ↿⇂ Role ↿⇂ Venue ↿⇂
8 Jul 1952
Evening
Nutcracker Suite Chinese Dance Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
8 Jul 1952
Evening
Bar aux Folies-Bergère Le Vieux Marcheur Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
29 Oct 1952
Evening
Swan Lake Act II Benno, his friend Arts Theatre Cambridge
17 Nov 1952
Evening
Bar aux Folies-Bergère Le Vieux Marcheur Her Majesty's Theatre, Brighton
17 Nov 1952
Evening
Nutcracker Suite Chinese Dance Her Majesty's Theatre, Brighton
17 Nov 1952
Evening
Carnival of the Animals* Mazurka Her Majesty's Theatre, Brighton
17 Nov 1952
Evening
Carnival of the Animals* Introduction by the Lion Her Majesty's Theatre, Brighton
15 Jan 1953
Evening
The Gala Performance Conductor Connaught Theatre, Worthing
15 Jan 1953
Evening
Plaisance Dancer Connaught Theatre, Worthing
15 Jan 1953
Evening
Past Recalled* Her Friend Connaught Theatre, Worthing
21 Apr 1954
Evening
The Bartered Bride (dances in the opera)* Dancer Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, England
24 Apr 1954
Evening
The Bartered Bride (dances in the opera) Dancer Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, England
17 May 1954
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Oxford Playhouse
17 May 1954
Evening
Façade (The Original Version) Popular Song Oxford Playhouse
17 May 1954
Evening
Façade (The Original Version) Yodelling Song Oxford Playhouse
20 May 1954
Evening
Swan Lake Act II Benno, his friend Oxford Playhouse
20 May 1954
Evening
The Life and Death of Lola Montez (1816-1861)* Dancer Oxford Playhouse
20 May 1954
Evening
Simple Symphony Dancer Oxford Playhouse
21 Jun 1954
Evening
Gala Performance Cavalier Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
21 Jun 1954
Evening
Variations on a Theme* Chorus Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
21 Jun 1954
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
20 Oct 1954
Evening
Giselle Act I The Prince Stoll Theatre, London
20 Oct 1954
Evening
Ballet of the Game of Cards (Scene 6 of the play ‘Joan of Arc at the Stake’)* Duke of Bedford Stoll Theatre, London
28 Jun 1955
Evening
Persephone* Shade Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
28 Jun 1955
Evening
Past Recalled Her Friend Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
28 Jun 1955
Evening
The Gala Performance Cavalier Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
30 Jun 1955
Evening
The Life and Death of Lola Montez (1818-1861) Dancer Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
4 Jul 1955
Evening
Giselle The Prince Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
4 Jul 1955
Evening
Laiderette* Guest Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
7 May 1956
Evening
Swan Lake (Act II) Benno, his friend Arts Theatre Cambridge
7 May 1956
Evening
Judgment of Paris Dancer Arts Theatre Cambridge
7 May 1956
Evening
Coppélia (Act III)* Peasant Dance (Hymen) Arts Theatre Cambridge
7 May 1956
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Arts Theatre Cambridge
10 Jul 1956
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
10 Jul 1956
Evening
Façade Popular Song Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
10 Jul 1956
Evening
Façade Yodelling Song Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
24 Sep 1956
Evening
The Mirror* Guest King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth
24 Sep 1956
Evening
Swan Lake (Act II) Benno, his friend King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth
24 Sep 1956
Evening
Judgment of Paris Dancer King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth
24 Sep 1956
Evening
Coppélia (Act III) Peasant Dance (Hymen) King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth
17 Jan 1957
Evening
Coppélia* Csardas and Mazurka Theatre Royal, York
22 Jul 1957
Evening
Variations on a Theme Perpetual Movement Theatre Royal, Exeter
22 Jul 1957
Evening
Plaisance Dancer Theatre Royal, Exeter
22 Jul 1957
Evening
The Gala Performance Cavalier Theatre Royal, Exeter
22 Jul 1957
Evening
Conte Fantastique* Courtier Theatre Royal, Exeter
12 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, France
13 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, France
15 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, France
16 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, France
27 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
29 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
30 May 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera)* Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
31 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
1 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
4 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
5 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
6 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
7 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
8 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
10 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
12 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
13 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera)* Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
14 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
15 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
17 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
18 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
19 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
20 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
21 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
22 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
25 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
27 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
29 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
5 Jul 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
9 Jul 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
14 Aug 1958
Evening
Two Brothers* Young Man Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
25 May 1959
Evening
Hazaña* The Husband Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
25 May 1959
Evening
Giselle The Prince Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
Laiderette The Host Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
Czernyana Se Habla Espagnol Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
Czernyana Trop Symphonique Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
La Reja* Dancer Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
Czernyana Nuages Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
Hazaña The Husband Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
16 Jun 1960
Evening
The Lilac Garden Her Lover Essoldo Theatre, Brighton
16 Jun 1960
Evening
The Gala Performance Cavalier Essoldo Theatre, Brighton
16 Jun 1960
Evening
The Wise Monkeys* His Less Conscientious Monkey Essoldo Theatre, Brighton
20 Jul 1960
Evening
The Sylph* Gurn, a farmhand Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
20 Jul 1960
Evening
Two Brothers Young Man Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
20 Jul 1960
Evening
The Sylph* Gurn Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
18 Jul 1961
Evening
Night Shadow* The Baron Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
25 Jul 1961
Evening
A Place in the Desert* The Village Elder Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
28 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote* Don Quixote Empire Theatre, Liverpool
29 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote Don Quixote Empire Theatre, Liverpool
30 Jun 1962
Matinee
Don Quixote Don Quixote Empire Theatre, Liverpool
30 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote Don Quixote Empire Theatre, Liverpool
23 Jul 1962
Evening
Façade (The Original Version) Tango Pasodoble Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
23 Jul 1962
Evening
Night Shadow The Poet Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
23 Jul 1962
Evening
Conflicts* Dancer Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
23 Jul 1962
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
27 Jun 1963
Evening
Gala Performance Cavalier Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, Italy
27 Jun 1963
Evening
Conflicts Dancer Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, Italy
17 Jun 1964
Matinee
Sweet Dancer* He who loves her New Theatre, Oxford
17 Jun 1964
Matinee
Gala Performance Cavalier New Theatre, Oxford
13 Jul 1964
Evening
Cul de Sac* Person from the Crowd Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
13 Jul 1964
Evening
Laiderette The Host Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
13 Jul 1964
Evening
Façade Tango Pasodoble Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
15 Apr 1965
Evening
Giselle* Hilarion, a gamekeeper Theatre Royal, Nottingham
15 Apr 1965
Evening
Façade Tango Pasodoble Theatre Royal, Nottingham
23 Jun 1965
Evening
La Sylphide Gurn (a farmhand) Coventry Theatre
23 Jun 1965
Evening
The Realms of Choice* Dancer Coventry Theatre
27 Jan 1966
Evening
Diversities* Air Richmond Theatre, London
1 Dec 1966
Evening
Judgment of Paris Dancer Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London
1 Dec 1966
Evening
Diversities Air Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London
1 Dec 1966
Evening
Lilac Garden Man she must Marry Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London
20 Nov 1967
Evening
Ziggurat* Dancer Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London
14 Feb 1968
Evening
Ziggurat Dancer Phoenix Theatre, London
16 Sep 1971
Evening
Rag-Dances* Dancer Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London
20 Sep 1971
Evening
Solo* Dancer Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London
25 Mar 1975
Evening
The Parades Gone By* Dancer Leeds Playhouse
26 Mar 1975
Evening
The Parades Gone By Dancer Leeds Playhouse
22 Mar 1977
Evening
Window Dancer Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
23 Mar 1977
Matinee
Take a Running Jump Speaker Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
23 Mar 1977
Evening
Window Dancer Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
24 Mar 1977
Evening
Window Dancer Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
30 Mar 1977
Evening
Window Dancer Theatre Royal, Glasgow
5 Jul 1977
Evening
Cruel Garden* The Lizard The Round House, London
5 Jul 1977
Evening
Cruel Garden* The Black Guard The Round House, London
11 Jul 1977
Evening
Smiling Immortal* Dancer The Round House, London
11 Jun 1986
Evening
Judgment of Paris Customer Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
16 Mar 1999
Evening
Cruel Garden The Inquisitor New Victoria Theatre, Woking
17 Mar 1999
Matinee
Cruel Garden The Inquisitor New Victoria Theatre, Woking
17 Mar 1999
Evening
Cruel Garden The Inquisitor New Victoria Theatre, Woking
18 Mar 1999
Evening
Cruel Garden The Inquisitor New Victoria Theatre, Woking
25 May 1999
Evening
Cruel Garden The Inquisitor Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
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