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Roland Petit dies at 87; acclaimed choreographer
Roland Petit dies at 87; acclaimed choreographer

Acclaimed choreographer Roland Petit, whose creations dazzled stages from Paris to Hollywood and inspired dancers, writers and designers, has died. He was 87. The Paris National Opera said Petit's wife, Zizi Jeanmaire, informed them that the choreographer died Sunday in Geneva. The cause was not given. Born in 1924 in Villemomble, France, Petit took his first dance steps at 9 at the Paris Opera's School of Dance. While opening several ballet companies in Paris after its liberation from the Nazis, as well as the Marseille ballet house, Petit maintained ties with Paris Opera, offering 11 creations, including "Notre Dame de Paris." His reputation grew well beyond...

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