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Tetley, Glen

Tetley, Glen (Glenford Andrew Tetley, Jr.), 1926–2006, American dancer and choreographer, b. Cleveland. He studied in New York City with Hanya Holm and trained with Martha Graham , subsequently dancing (1958–59) with her company. Also a member of the American Ballet Theatre, he later had his own modern-dance troupe, which disbanded in 1969; danced (1962–65) with the Netherlands Dance Theater, briefly becoming (1969) its co-director; and directed (1974–76) the Stuttgart Ballet. His influential choreography is marked by a fusion of ballet and modern-dance elements. Tetley made dances for many companies in the United States and in Europe, where he introduced American modern-dance approaches and techniques and where his work was particularly popular. His dances include Voluntaries (1973), his signature piece; Pierrot Lunaire (1962); Greening (1975); and Lux in Tenebris (1999).

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