Christopher Gable (published 1982)

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Christopher Gable (published 1982)


Gable discusses what makes a great solo: appearing organic and adding to the story, instead of stopping the story. Good choreography, he feels, should be an expression of an emotion, not an expression of dancing. Gable discusses the difficult work of striking this balance between classical training and bringing a feeling of organic improvisation to movement.

Biographical note:

Gable was born in 1940 in London and studied at the Royal Ballet School, joining Sadler’s Wells Ballet in 1957. He was promoted to soloist in 1959 and principal in 1961. Gable frequently partnered with Lynn Seymour, notably in Romeo and Juliet. He retired from ballet in 1967 to pursue an acting career and appeared in films, on television, and on stage. He co-founded the Central School of Ballet in 1982 in London and was appointed artistic director of Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds five years later. He passed away in 1998.


Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

July 31, 1979



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Is Part Of

Newman, B. (1982). Striking a balance. Dancers talk about dancing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Newman, B. (1992). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. New York: Limelight Editions




Interviews recorded on cassette by Barbara Newman

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Barbara Newman, Estate of Christopher Gable

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Barbara Newman


Christopher Gable, 1940-1998

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Christopher Gable was unlike any other English dancer of his generation and, indeed, any other English dancer I’ve ever seen. He had a face like a beacon and presence so compellingly ardent that you scarcely noticed his considerable technique. He could light and warm a stage with his disposition, with gaiety or grief or exuberance or disarming tenderness. You didn’t simply ‘watch’ Gable’s dancing -- and that’s far too passive a description for the experience: you surrendered to what his conviction made irresistible. You didn’t sit back coolly and admire his Romeo: you either became Romeo or you fell hopelessly in love with him. (Barbara Newman 1982)




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